LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Seniors Joely Helder and Anna Willocks represented Saint Joseph's field hockey on the national stage on Friday night as the pair took part in the annual NFHCA Division I Senior Game at Trager Stadium.
The two Hawks were teammates once again, playing for the designated Away Team, which fell to the Home Team, 5-4, in the game played after the semifinals of the NCAA Field Hockey Championship. Helder and Willocks are the first Hawks to play in the Senior Game since Anne Schreuders in 2009.
Helder, a native of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, wrapped up her senior season with her second consecutive Atlantic 10 All-Conference honor and earned All-Championship Team honors for the second time as she tallied the game-winning goal in the Hawks' 1-0 win over VCU in the Atlantic 10 title game on November 3. Her five goals this season matched a career high, while she set a new career best with 11 points.
Hailing from Palmerston North, New Zealand, Willocks etched her name atop the record books in her four seasons on Hawk Hill, setting the program's career records for goals, assists, and points. A three-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year – the first in league history to achieve that feat – Willocks was named to the NFHCA All-America Second Team twice, becoming the first Hawk to earn multiple All-America honors.
Along with classmate Monica Tice, the pair now shares the program record for most games played in a career; all three started every game of their four seasons in the Crimson and Gray. Together, they were a part of three Atlantic 10 regular season titles and two tournament championships; they also helped lead the Hawks to their first two NCAA Tournament berths in program history and the program's highest-ever national ranking when the Hawks reached #10 on October 30.