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La Salle University's Hancock Finalizes Field Hockey Coaching Staff

Sept. 08, 2020, 4:45 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey would like to recognize Alexa Hoover as she returns to the La Salle University field hockey coaching staff as assistant coach. Hoover is a former member of both the U.S. Women's National Development Team and U.S. Women's National Indoor Team. 

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PHILADELPHIA - September 8, 2020 - La Salle University head field hockey coach MaKayla Hancock has announced her coaching staff for the 2020-21 season. Alexa Hoover, who started with the program prior to the 2019 campaign, will remain on staff as an assistant coach and Alicia Govannicci will join the staff as an assistant.

"I'm so excited to announce our staff of amazingly talented, brilliant, energetic, and passionate coaches," Hancock said. "Both Alexa and Alicia share a drive for developing not only great hockey players, but great people and that was something that was really important to me in the hiring process."
Hoover joined the Explorers after a standout playing career at Penn. A two-time All-American, she finished her illustrious four years as the school's all-time leading scorer and was the first four-time First Team All-Ivy League selection in Penn history.

The 2014 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, she ranked second nationally at 1.69 goals per game as a sophomore en route to Second Team All-America honors. The Quakers compiled a 13-3 record that season, falling one game shy of an Ivy League title. Hoover, who has played for the United States Olympic Development Team, served as director of field Hockey operations at her alma mater in 2018.

"Alexa is starting her second year with the program, and she's already had such an impact on our student-athletes," Hancock said. "We are so fortunate to have such a standout local Philadelphia hockey player on our staff, and are looking forward to tapping in more to Alexa's knowledge of the game and creative goal scoring techniques once we're back out on the field."

Hoover said: "MaKayla has already done an amazing job rallying the team and getting things done in her short time as a head coach. I'm excited about the direction our program is going in and I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to play an even bigger role than last year. I am looking forward to what the future brings!"

A standout at nearby Rider University, Govannicci comes to the La Salle field hockey program after spending last season at Central Michigan as a graduate assistant. While there, she assisted in all aspects of the program and helped the Chippewas to a strong academic showing that landed them three NFHCA Scholars of Distinction.

As a player, Govannicci was a three-time All-Northeast Conference selection for the Broncs. She scored the lone goal in the 67th minute of a 1-0 victory over Monmouth in the NEC title game, advancing the team to the NCAA Tournament as a freshman. Over four years, her teams went a combined 63-19 and earned three NCAA Tournament berths. Prior to CMU, she served as an assistant coach at Immaculata University in 2018 and has coached at the club and high school levels since 2012.

"Alicia is our newest Explorer, but no stranger to the Philadelphia area which will be extremely beneficial in our local recruiting efforts," Hancock said. "She's already taken such initiative in getting to know the team, and finding ways to be creative and still impactful even during these unprecedented times. I'm excited to have the girls learn from her and make her a part of our family."

"As a native of the Philadelphia area, I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to and be a part of the La Salle University field hockey program," Govannicci said. "I am very excited to join a great coaching staff, and am looking forward to working with such an enthusiastic, hardworking group of student-athletes."