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Saint Joseph's Near Unanimous Favorite to Three-Peat As Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Champions

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s, the two-time defending Atlantic 10 Conference field hockey champion, has been selected as the preseason favorite for the 2019. The league announced the annual Preseason Poll and Preseason All-Conference team Monday ahead of the start of the season on Friday, August 30.

The Hawks were chosen first in the poll with 71 total points and eight first-place votes. SJU, which has won the A-10 regular season the last three years (8-0 record last year), claimed back-to-back championship titles in 2017 and 2018.  Senior goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke, a two-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, senior midfielder Pepa Serrano and 2018 Rookie of the Year Tonya lead Saint Joseph’s. All three players, along with 2018 All-Conference Second Team selection Kathrin Bentz, a senior midfielder, were named to the 2019 Preseason All-Conference Team.

VCU, the 2018 A-10 Championship runner-up, was chosen second with 61 poll points. The Rams placed three players on the Preseason All-Conference team: Sophomore defender Litiana Field, junior midfielder Maite Sturm and junior midfielder Svea Sturm. All three players were named All-Conference in 2018, with the Sturm sisters earning first-team honors. VCU placed second in the regular season last year with a 7-1 record.

Led by a trio of Preseason All-Conference selections, Massachusetts was picked to finish third in the upcoming season. They garnered one first-place vote and 58 points overall in the poll. Senior midfielder Sophie de Jonge, George McTear, a junior defender/midfielder, and Lucy Cooper, a junior forward, were all named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. UMass was third in league play last year with a 6-2 record.

Picked fourth is Richmond, which tallied 48 points. They last won the A-10 title in 2014 and the regular season in 2015. Sophomore defender Steffie Bongers was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team. Affiliate member Lock Haven was chosen to finish fifth with 38 points and La Salle was selected for sixth with 28 points. The Bald Eagles place Kayla Braithwaite on the Preseason All-Conference Team, while La Salle’s Amanda Chapin was also selected for the honor.

Affiliate members Saint Francis was picked seventh with 24 points.  Davidson and Saint Louis rounded out the poll respectively. The league’s nine head coaches voted in the poll and for the Preseason All-Conference Team, which is listed below.

The 2019 Atlantic 10 field hockey season gets underway on Friday, August 30 with seven of the nine teams playing season-opening matches. Conference play begins on Friday, Sept. 20 and the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship will be played at Crenshaw Field in Richmond, Va., Nov. 8-9.

 

2019 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Preseason Poll

Number in parenthesis indicates first-place votes.

  1. Saint Joseph's (8)

71

  1. VCU

61

  1. Umass (1)

58

  1. Richmond

48

  1. Lock Haven

38

  1. La Salle

28

  1. Saint Francis

24

  1. Davidson

18

  1. Saint Louis

14

 

2019 Field Hockey Preseason All-Conference Team

Amanda Chapin, La Salle
Kayla Braithwaite, Lock Haven
Lucy Cooper, Massachusetts
Sophie de jonge, Massachusetts
Georgie McTear, Massachusetts
Steffie Bongers, Richmond
Kathrin Bentz, Saint Joseph’s
Tonya Botherway, Saint Joseph’s
Victoria Kammerinke, Saint Joseph’s (GK)
Pepa Serrano, Saint Joseph’s
Litiana Field, VCU
Maite Sturm, VCU
Svea Sturm, VCU

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