Field hockey's Simpao named second-team All-America

Nikki Simpao flossing with a field hockey stick on white background. Text: NFHCA & Synapse Sports Second-Team All-America

Gilbert, Ariz. -- University of Lynchburg field hockey senior Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) earned her second-career All-America designations from two organizations this week.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association recognized Lynchburg's star forward as a second-team All-American on Tuesday morning; she was also a second-teamer as a freshman in 2015.

Simpao repeated her second-team honor from a year ago on the Synapse Sports All-America list, released Monday.

RELATED: 2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America Teams

The third-leading scorer in program history and holder of Lynchburg's single-season and all-time assists records, Simpao wrapped up a magnificent career with 23 goals and 22 assists, leading the Hornets to their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference title since 2014 and first NCAA Division III tournament victory since 2012.

She ranked second nationally in assists and fourth in Division III in points (68).

Simpao was ODAC player of the year and a first-team All-South Region pick as well. She set an ODAC and school single-game record with six assists in the conference championship win over Shenandoah.

RELATED: 2018 Synapse Sports Division III All-America Teams

Simpao's honor is the Lynchburg program's 22nd NFHCA All-America recognition in program history. She is the sixth Hornet to earn the honor in multiple seasons.

Lynchburg finished the year 16-6, winning the program's 19th Old Dominion Athletic Conference title and claiming an NCAA tournament victory for the first time since 2012. The Hornets rode a 12-game win streak into the second round of the national championship before falling 1-0 to No. 3 Rowan. The team received votes in the latest NFHCA coaches poll.

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