Four A-10 Student Athletes Earn 2018 NFHCA All-American Honors

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Newport News, Va. – Saint Joseph’s senior forward Anna Willocks, junior goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke, and junior midfielder Pepa Serrano, along with VCU senior forward Emily McNamara received Longstrength/NFHCA Division I All-America honors on Tuesday.  Willocks became the second Hawk in the history of the field hockey program to earn First Team All-America accolades, while Kammerinke and McNamara were named to the Second Team and Serrano was voted onto the Third Team.

Saint Joseph’s joined Connecticut, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, and Princeton with three honorees apiece, the most in the nation. 

It is the third consecutive All-America nod for Willocks, who was the first Hawk to earn multiple All-America honors when she was named to the Second Team for the second consecutive season in 2017. 

Willocks wrapped up her career as the Hawks’ all-time leader in goals (77), assists (34), and points (188) after scoring 18 goals and totaling 43 points in her final campaign.  A three-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year – the first in league history to achieve that feat – she was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team in each of her four seasons and earned three All-Region First Team honors as well.

A native of Palmerston North, New Zealand, Willocks started all 82 contests over the course of her four seasons, helping lead the Hawks to three consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season titles, the past two A-10 tournament championships, and the first two NCAA Tournament berths in program history.

Kammerinke became the second student-athlete in program history to be a multiple-time All-American; she was tabbed for the Third Team a season ago.

Hailing from Kaarst, Germany, Kammerinke was once again the top goalkeeper in the Atlantic 10 and one of the best in all of Division I as well.  Earning Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season, as well as being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 Championship, Kammerinke tied for the national lead in shutouts with a school-record 10 on the season.  She also led the Atlantic 10 in goals against average and save percentage while finishing the season fifth in Division I in GAA (1.05) and second in winning percentage (.857).

Kammerinke matched her single-season wins record of a season ago with 18 victories and became the program’s all-time leader in career wins (46) and shutouts (19) by a goalkeeper.  She was also named to both the All-Region First Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive season.

McNamara's distinction is the highest individual honor in Program history and she became just the third VCU Field Hockey student-athlete to earn an NFHCA All-American distinction.

The Centreville, Va., native led the country in goals in 2018 as she scored a program record 27 in 19 games. She also led the country in goals per game, scoring at a rate of 1.42 per contest. Her average of 3.00 points per game ranked second nationally and her 57 total points on the season led the Atlantic 10, helping lead VCU to its first A-10 championship match.

She was named to the NFHCA All-South Region First Team as well as being named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year. McNamara also earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors for the third consecutive season. McNamara finished her career holding the VCU school record in career goals with 75. She also set new VCU marks for total points in a career with 177 while breaking her own school records of goals in a season with 27 and total points in a season with 57.

Serrano led the Hawks and tied for the Atlantic 10 lead with 12 assists, the second time in three seasons she topped the conference in that category; she now holds two of the program’s six highest single-season assist totals after tallying 13 in 2016.  Serrano was named to the All-Region First Team for the first time this season after earning Second Team accolades in each of her first two seasons on Hawk Hill.

The Buenos Aires, Argentina, product was previously named the league’s top rookie in 2016 and earned All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors in each of the last three seasons.  Serrano’s 31 career assists also rank her second in program history.

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