Philafieldhockey celebrates our top performing players, teams and winning coaches each week throughout the 2017. Week 11 honorees:
AOW: Melissa Russo, Gwynedd Mercy University
DOW: Caitlin Coker, Downingtown West HS
SAOW: Lauren Devletian, Episcopal Academy
TOW: Saint Joseph’s University
WCOW: Adele Williams, Academy of Notre Dame
Week 11 featured story:
Saint Joseph’s University field hockey is the Philafieldhockey Team of the Week.
Saint Joseph’s wrapped up the 2017 season with numerous program milestones. The Hawks recorded a school-record 18 wins, strung together nine consecutive victories and won 15 of their last 17 contests. SJU also broke into the NFHCA Coaches poll in October at #23, ranked for 9 consecutive weeks, and climbed to as high as #15 at season’s end.
Another highlight of the banner season for Saint Joseph’s was capturing the Atlantic 10 Championship, knocking off UMass in double-overtime. It was the Hawk’s second-ever A10 crown, the last one coming 22 years ago. Freshman forward Emily Peters tipped home the game-winner with less than six minutes to go in the second overtime period. She was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the All-Championship Team by Anna Willocks and freshmen Quinn Maguire and Jordan Olenginski.
The Hawks garnered numerous A10 Conference honors highlighted by Head coach Lynn Farquhar’s second consecutive Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award. Junior Anna Willocks was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, becoming the first student-athlete in league history to achieve that feat. Quinn Maguire was voted the Rookie of the Year, marking the third consecutive season that a Hawk has won that honor, and sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. More so, the Hawks placed five on the All-Conference First Team – Maguire, Kammerinke, Willocks, and sophomores Kathrin Bentz and Pepa Serrano – while junior Joely Helder and freshman Emily Henry were tabbed for the Second Team. Henry, Maguire, and freshman Nicholl Fenton were named to the All-Rookie Team, while Kammerinke and Willocks also pulled in All-Academic accolades.
Individual awards aside, unquestionably, the team’s greatest achievement was making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The #15 Saint Joseph’s Hawks faced #4 North Carolina in round one. Despite losing, SJU held the Tar Heels to 2 corners and ripped 6 shots on goal.
Congratulations to Saint Joseph’s Field Hockey on a truly impressive 2017 season!
Team of the Week is sponsored by YOLO Sportswear.
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