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Youtz receives All-American honors

The field hockey senior capped her career with an All-American selection Monday.

A year after receiving second-team honors, senior Amber Youtz has been named a Longstreth/NFHCA First-Team All-American.

“It really is a great way to end your career,” Youtz said. “It’s something you worked for all four years and for something you dream about to finally come true, it felt great.”

Already honored as Big East Offensive Player of the Year and first-team all-region, Youtz became the first Owls’ player in the last 22 years to be named an All-American.

 The Central Dauphin High School product racked up 27 goals and eight assists this year. Her 1.29 goals per game ranked second in the country. During her career with the Owls, Youtz tallied 69 goals to put her as the fourth-leading scorer in program history.

Youtz left her mark not only at Temple. Her play shined in both the Atlantic 10 and Big East conferences. She was a First-Team A-10 selection in her sophomore season and was named to the First-Team All-Big East team the last two years.

The senior forward’s play helped turn around a program that went 9-13 in her first season. This year, the Owls were nationally ranked throughout the season and finished 14th in the final polls.

Despite missing the tournament, Youtz has nothing but bright memories on her career with the Owls.

“My favorite part about my career here is seeing this program change and develop,” Youtz said.

“The moment I came in I saw this was a hard working program and every single year I saw it pay off,” Youtz added.

Now finished with her collegiate career, Youtz still has field hockey in her future plans. The Dauphin, Pennsylvania native will next try to represent her country on the field. She hopes to try out for the U.S. National Team this winter.

“They release tryouts in January and I’m hoping to go there and do the best I can, but if not I definitely just want to coach and keep field hockey in my life for as long as I can,” Youtz said.

Owen McCue can be reached at owen.mccue@temple.edu.

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