SJU's Willocks Named Finalist for Honda Sport Award
PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s forward Anna Willocks has been named a finalist for the prestigious Honda Sport Award for field hockey, as announced by The Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards on Wednesday afternoon. Willocks – the first Saint Joseph’s student-athlete to be a Honda Award finalist – is one of four finalists for this year’s honor.
Willocks capped off her outstanding career on Hawk Hill by becoming just the second First Team All-America selection in program history and the first to earn three All-America honors. She was also named to the All-Region First Team for the third consecutive season and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team for the fourth time.
The senior out of Palmerston North, New Zealand, finished the season with 18 goals and 43 points, both good for fourth in the Atlantic 10, as she helped lead the Hawks to their third consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season championship, their second tournament title in as many years, and the program’s second NCAA Tournament berth.
This season, Willocks rewrote the Saint Joseph’s field hockey record book, breaking the program record for career points on September 23 before setting a new mark for goals scored in a career on October 7. She now holds the program’s all-time records for goals, assists, and points; she also started every game of her four-year career on Hawk Hill and shares the program’s all-time record for games played with senior classmates Joely Helder and Monica Tice.
"We are extremely proud of Anna; it's a well-deserved honor and incredible compliment to be named a finalist for the Honda Award," said head coach Lynn Farquhar. "While striving for excellence, Anna has always taken care of those around her. She has made a huge impact on our program and we will always remember her leadership."
Willocks joins Ashley Hoffman of North Carolina, Paula Portugal of Miami (Ohio), and Elise Wong of Princeton as finalists for this year’s award. The quartet was chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, while voting is conducted among administrators at the over 1,000 NCAA member institutions. Finalists are chosen based on their superior athletic skills, leadership abilities, academic excellence, and eagerness to participate in community service.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented for the past 43 years to the top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The winners of each Sport Award – the “best of the best in collegiate athletics” – become finalists to be named the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, who will receive the 2019 Honda Cup.