Saint Joseph's, Massachusetts Sweep Top Field Hockey Awards
AMHERST, Mass.— Saint Joseph’s and Massachusetts earned the major Atlantic 10 Conference end-of-year field hockey awards, which were announced Thursday ahead of the 2017 A-10 Championship.
SJU’s Anna Willocks was named Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight year, while Hawks freshman Quinn Maguire earned Rookie of the Year honors. Melanie Kreusch of UMass and Victoria Kammerinke from SJU were selected as Co-Defensive Players of the Year, while Hawks coach Lynn Farquhar was tabbed A-10 Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Also announced were the All-Conference First and Second Teams, the All-Academic Team and the All-Rookie Team.
Willocks, a junior forward from Palmerston North, New Zealand, ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in points (42), goals (16) and assists (10) in leading the Hawks to their second straight A-10 regular season title. She had four game-winning goals, three of which came in league play. She is the first player in A-10 history to win the Offensive Player of the Year three straight years.
Kreusch earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight year. The senior defender from Brussels, Belgium anchored a defense that posted seven shutouts on the season. She was also UMass’ leading goal-scorer, tallying 10 goals and eight assists this season.
Kammerinke, a sophomore goalkeeper, leads the country in save percentage (.819) and leads the A-10 in goals against average (1.09). A native of Kaarst, Germany, she had seven shutouts this season, five of which came in conference play.
Maguire was third in the league in points and goals, scoring 36 points and 15 goals. A freshman forward from Media, Pa., was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week six times this season.
Farquhar led the Hawks to their second straight A-10 regular season title with a 7-1 league mark. The Hawks surpassed 15 total wins for the second straight season, tying a school with record with 16 wins this year.
The 2017 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship begins Friday at UMass’ Gladchuk Sports Complex. The semifinals will be played Friday, with face off of the first game at 11:00 am. The championship final is Saturday at 2:00 pm.
Tickets for the championship are available onsite at Gladchuk Sports Complex. In addition, every match of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship will be streamed on the Atlantic 10 Network, available online at Atlantic10.com/Network. Full championship information can be on the A-10 Field Hockey Championship page at Atlantic10.com/Championships.