Portugal and Berlie Receive Synapse Sports Honors

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Dec. 6, 2017

OXFORD, Ohio – Synapse Sports announced the All-American and All-Rookie teams on Monday. Junior midfielder/forward Paula Portugal was named Second-Team All-American and freshman midfielder Leonor Berlie was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Portugal is the first player in Miami history to earn Synapse Sport’s Second Team honors. Before Berlie, Portugal was the most recent Miami player to be named to the Synapse Sport’s All-Rookie Team. This is the third year in a row that a Miami player has been named an All-American by Synapse Sports.

Portugal tallied 20 goals, 12 assists and 52 total points this season, which are all career-highs. Portugal was named Second-Team All-American by the NFHCA. Portugal was named MAC Player of the Year, All-MAC First Team and All-Tournament team. She led the MAC in points for the second-straight season. Portugal moved into fourth place in Miami field hockey history in both goals and points during this season, finishing 2017 with 118 career points. Portugal scored both goals against No. 16 Stanford in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to help the RedHawks earn the first NCAA tournament win in program history. She was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week three times this season.

Berlie finished the 2017 season with five goals, six assists and 16 total points. She was named Second-Team All-Region and MAC Freshman of the Year. Berlie was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week of September 11-17. She ranked second on the team in assists (6), shots (38) and shots on goal (23) and ranked third in points (16).