Field Hockey: Paolino named All-American, 4 make All-Region

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association last week bestowed All-American honors on Episcopal Academy’s Margaux Paolino and named four Delco players, including the junior midfielder Paolino, to the All-Region Team.

Three of the main combatants in this Agnes Irwin-Episcopal Academy rivalry tilt -- Owls Julianna Tornetta, far left, and Sophia Tornetta, center, and EA's Margaux Paolino -- were named all-region by the NFHCA last week. (Special to the Times/Ryan Richards)

Three of the main combatants in this Agnes Irwin-Episcopal Academy rivalry tilt — Owls Julianna Tornetta, far left, and Sophia Tornetta, center, and EA’s Margaux Paolino — were named all-region by the NFHCA last week. (Special to the Times/Ryan Richards)

Paolino, who was a second-team selection on the Harrow Sports/NFHCA All-America team, scored 27 goals and 21 assists for the 26-1 Churchwomen this season. The Duke commit is a two-time All-Delco pick, a three-time All-Inter-Ac selection and a member of the US’s U-19 team.

Paolino is one of three Philadelphia-area All-Americas, joining first-teamer Amelia Iacobucci of Villa Maria and third-teamer Nicole Catalino of Gwynedd Mercy.

Paolino is also one of three Delco players to snag places on the NFHCA Pennsylvania Region First Team, which is comprised of 16 players, including seven from Southeastern Pennsylvania. Joining her on that team is fellow EA All-Delco midfielder and Duke signee Christy Palazzese and Agnes Irwin midfielder Sophia Tornetta, the 2014 Daily Times Player of the Year.

Palazzese, also a two-time All-Delco, scored 19 goals and 16 assists to go with 18 defensive saves on the Churchwomen’s run to the Inter-Ac and Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association titles. The Princeton-bound Tornetta finished as the most prolific scorer in Agnes Irwin history, tallying 42 goals and 27 assists this season to become the first Owl to reach 100 career goals. Tornetta is a member of the US U-21 team.

Tornetta’s younger sister, Julianna, earned a spot on the second team All-Region. The sophomore forward scored 38 goals to go with 27 assists to earn her second straight All-Delco nod.

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