SALUTE TO CHAMPIONS: Field Hockey
Richmond’s Rebecca Barry scored just over six minutes into overtime to propel the Spiders to a 1-0 victory over UMass in the finals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey Championship.
Barry’s goal gave Richmond its eighth A-10 title and earned UR the A-10’s automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Richmond goalkeeper Kelley Wentling was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after recording a pair of shutouts. Wentling made three stops on Saturday, including a key save on UMass’ Izzie Delario just before Barry’s goal.
Barry was named the 2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year, while Massachusetts senior Lauren Allymohamed was named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Melanie Kreusch of UMass was tabbed as the A-10 Rookie of the Year, while Stacey Bean of Saint Francis was named Coach of the Year.
Barry recorded 15 goals and four assists for 34 total points. Six of Barry’s 13 goals on the season proved to be game winners. The Limerick, Ireland, native posted an A-10 best 21 points in league play, registering 10 goals against A-10 opponents.
Allymohamed became the first person in A-10 field hockey history to win Defensive Player of the Year honors on three occasions since the award was instituted in 2000. The Seaford, England, native is also the first player in A-10 history to win a Player of the Year of award three times. Allymohamed anchored a Minutewomen defense that surrendered just 1.29 goals per game in league play this season. She also registered four goals on the offensive end of the field, including a pair of game-winning strikes.
Both Barry and Allymohamed were named Third-Team All-Americans following the season by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Kreusch finished ninth in the league in scoring during her first season in Amherst. The Brussels, Belgium, native notched nine goals and one assist for 21 points on the season to finish in a tie for the team lead. Two of Kreusch goals were game-winners and she scored six of her goals in A-10 play.
Bean earned her first A-10 Coach of the Year award after Saint Francis joined the A-10 as field hockey affiliate member prior to last season. The Red Flash set program records in 2014 with wins (14) and A-10 victories (6) and also finished with a 7-1 record on its home turf at DeGol Field.
In all, UMass led the way with six first or second team honors, Richmond nabbed five and Saint Francis collected three.
Massachusetts claimed the regular season championship with a 7-1 record. It marked the third-time in the last five years UMass has claimed the top spot in the regular season. With Richmond’s win in the finals, UMass (11) and UR (8) have combined to win every A-10 Championship since 1996.