Shippensburg University graduate student Tori Albright (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry (UConn)) was named Wednesday afternoon to the 2021-22 Division II Academic All-America ® At-Large Second Team, an award that recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom.
Albright has completed two semesters of graduate school at Shippensburg and is majoring in biology. She holds a 3.79 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) after graduating in May 2021 from UConn with a biology degree and a 3.79 GPA.
It is the first time that an SU Field Hockey player has been named to the Academic All-America ® At-Large Team since Lucy Kauffman was honored June 2015. Albright is joined on this year’s Academic All-America ® At-Large Team by fellow teammates Jenna Sluymer (Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands/Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp) and Jazmin Petrantonio (Saenz Pena, Argentina/Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia).
It is the first time since 2005 that three Raiders from the same sport were recognized as part of the Academic All-America ® Team. That year, three SU Softball players were honored: Liz Corr, Anna Corr, and Jaime Dacey. Albright, Sluymer and Petrantonio are the first SU Academic All-Americans ® in the At-Large category since Gracee Tothero of Women’s Swimming in 2019-20.
A 2021 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America Second Team and All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Second Team honoree as a defender, Albright started all 20 games for the national-champion Raiders. SU posted a 20-0 record en route to its sixth national championship in school history (five NCAA, one AIAW).
Albright was an integral presence on a defense that led the nation with 12 shutouts and ranked seventh in the nation in allowing just 0.81 goals per game. She was also a valuable contributor to penalty corners, finishing the season with three goals and six assists.
Her performance at Shippensburg this season was especially noteworthy considering she played forward during her undergraduate career at UConn before transitioning to defense with the Raiders and becoming an All-American at the position.
The Academic All-America ® Team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). While most of the Academic All-District and All-America ® teams focus on specific sports such as football, basketball or volleyball, the At-Large category features a collection of several sports – making Albright’s selection especially prestigious.
The women’s At-Large category includes the sports of beach volleyball, bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, rowing, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo.
The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2021-22 Division II Academic All-America® program.
Albright becomes the seventh SU field hockey player to earn Academic All-America honors, joining Jenna Sluymer (2021-22), Jazmin Petrantonio (2021-22), Lucy Kauffman (2014-15), Bre White (2013-14), Kristen Brooks (2010-11) and Stacy Bryner (1997).
For more information about CoSIDA’s Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com.
Previous SU Women’s At-Large Academic All-Americans
2019-20: Gracee Tothero (SWIM), Third Team
2018-19: Valerie Hertz (LAX), Third Team
2015-16: Rikki Sargent (SWIM), Third Team
2014-15: Lucy Kauffman (FH), First Team
2013-14: Bre White (FH), Second Team
2011-12: Kristen McCandless (SWIM), First Team
2010-11: Kristen Brooks (FH), First Team
2010-11: Amy Fisher (SWIM), Third Team
2004: Page Heath (LAX), First Team
2003: Page Heath (LAX), Third Team
2002: Page Heath (LAX), Third Team
1998: Danielle Argento (LAX), First Team
1997: Danielle Argento (LAX), Second Team
1997: Stacy Bryner (FH), Third Team
1994: Cindy Kepler (SWIM), First Team
1993: Joy Motter (TEN), Second Team