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Hawkshaw and Willocks Named To NFHCA All-American Second Team

Release: 12/07/2016
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

CHANDLER, Ariz. - University of Massachusetts field hockey junior midfielder and forward Sarah Hawkshaw and Saint Joseph's Univerisity's sophomore foward Anna Willocks collected National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America Second Team honors, as announced by the organization on Wednesday.

Hawkshaw led the Minutewomen with 16 goals and also provided the most points (36), including 11 in only four postseason games. Her goals and points totals ranked Hawkshaw third in the Atlantic 10 Conference while she placed 30th in the nation for goals per game (0.73) and 39th in points per game (1.64). The Dublin, Ireland, native was previously selected for NFHCA All-Northeast Region First Team, Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team in 2016 while she was the Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player. Including Hawkshaw's 2016 award, at least one Minutewoman earned NFHCA All-America in eight of the previous nine seasons (2008-10, 2012-present) with a total of 11 honors split between seven student-athletes. This is Hawkshaw's first all-American accolade and the 57th all-time in program history.

Willocks is just the third student-athlete in program history to receive All-America accolades; Linda Buonanno was a First Team selection in 1986, and Hayley Davidson pulled in Third Team honors in 1995. A native of Palmerston North, New Zealand, Willocks once again led the Atlantic 10 in goals and points en route to her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year award.  Her 25 goals and 62 points both ranked third in all of Division I, while her 1.19 goals per game ranked second and 2.95 points per game were good for third in the nation. Willocks posted arguably the greatest all-around offensive season in Saint Joseph’s history, as both her goal and point totals rank second all-time on the program’s single-season lists.  She also added 12 assists, which is tied for the fourth-most by a Hawk in one season. After her outstanding season, Willocks was named to the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, earned ECAC Division I All-Star status, and was voted the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year.  She was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team for the second year running, and claimed a spot on the league’s All-Championship Team as well. Willocks helped lead Saint Joseph’s to its finest season in over two decades as the Hawks posted 15 victories and an undefeated conference record on the way to the program’s first Atlantic 10 regular season title since 1995.  The Hawks also made their first appearance in the conference championship game since 2007.




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