Nicky Hitchens put together a thrilling collegiate career with both the Penn women's lacrosse and field hockey teams while wearing the Red and Blue. Her numerous accolades were impressive as an undergraduate, and she still holds several Quaker field hockey records today.
Hitchens' tenure at Penn started with a bang, as she earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in field hockey in 1985 and lacrosse in 1986. Hitchens helped the Quakers' field hockey program to an Ivy League Championship in her first campaign, with two goals against
As a sophomore, Hitchens picked up right where she left off, earning her first field hockey All-America honor en route to leading the Penn team to an Ivy League Championship, a 10th place national ranking and a meeting with Rutgers in the first round of the 1986 NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Hitchens scored a pair of goals against
After her junior season at Franklin Field, Hitchens was named Penn field hockey MVP for the second-straight time and first-team All-Ivy League for her leadership in Penn's offensive unit. She scored eight goals and had two assists on the year. As a junior on the lacrosse field, Hitchens was named honorable mention All-Ivy League as a defender in 1988.
Hitchens saved her best performances for last as she helped the Penn field hockey team to a No. 4 national ranking and a NCAA Final Four berth in 1988. Hitchens finished her senior year with a Penn-record 35 points, which included a team-record 15 goals. The Quakers won their third Ivy League Championship with Hitchens on the roster, recording a 5-1 mark in league play and a 13-1-1 record heading into postseason competition. Penn won a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Penn State in the first round, a game that took three overtime periods to complete. The Quakers then lost to Old Dominion, 4-0, in the semifinals of the NCAA Field Hockey Championships, which were held at Franklin Field. Hitchens earned Ivy League Player of the Year, All-America, first-team All-Ivy League and Penn MVP honors for the third consecutive year to close out her field hockey career at
After her outstanding career on Franklin Field for both field hockey and lacrosse, Hitchens represented Penn field hockey on the Ivy League Silver Anniversary honor roll in 1998.
"The feeling I got the first time I walked out on Franklin Field (was my fondest memory of Penn). I knew then that I wanted to come to