McNamara Repeats as A-10 Player of the Week; Botherway, Field Share Rookie Accolades
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – VCU senior Emily McNamara has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week for the second straight week. Saint Joseph’s freshman Tonya Botherway and McNamara’s freshman teammate Litiana Field were named A-10 Co-Rookies of the Week. The awards are for games played from Sept. 17-23.
McNamara recorded her third consecutive hat trick and 10th goal in three games as she scored three goals and added an assist in VCU's 7-2 win over Richmond on Friday. A forward from Centreville, Va., she also scored a goal in VCU's 3-2 upset win over No. 11 ODU. McNamara scored the second goal of the game for the Rams, giving VCU its fourth consecutive win. It’s McNamara’s second straight A-10 Player of the Week accolade and third overall this season. She was also named the NFHCA National Player of the Week last week.
Botherway tallied two goals and added two assists in the Hawks' two wins this weekend. She scored twice in the second half on Friday to bring the Hawks back from a 2-1 deficit on the way to a 3-2 win over James Madison. Botherway, a forward, then scored a goal and added two more assists as the Hawks recorded a 5-0 win over Massachusetts in their conference opener. The Auckland, New Zealand, native is tied for third in the conference with nine goals, while her 20 points rank her fourth in the league. It’s Botherway’s second A-10 Rookie honor this season.
Field recorded three assists in VCU's 7-2 win over Richmond on Friday. Her assists came on each of the first three goals and helped the Rams build a 4-2 halftime lead. The defender from Sydney, Australia, followed that up with the game-winning goal to beat No. 11 ODU on Sunday, scoring the difference-maker off a penalty corner. It marked the first time the Rams have beaten a top 25 opponent since a 2009 win against No. 17 Iowa.