Saint Joseph’s goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke has earned a slew of awards for her play on the field: she’s a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honoree, she’s been voted the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, and she was named the Atlantic 10 Championship’s Most Outstanding Player as the Hawks claimed their second consecutive league title last month, among many others.
But that’s not where the accolades end for the junior out of Kaarst, Germany. Kammerinke has excelled in the classroom as well, recently earning All-Atlantic 10 and All-Area academic honors for the second consecutive season and claiming victory for her team in the SJU International Business Sustainability Competition on November 27.
The aim of the IBSC, in its fifth year in 2018, is for Saint Joseph’s business students to work with students who are learning English as a second language to address an environmental or sustainability issue relevant to the home nation of those students. Kammerinke’s group, partnered with students hailing from Colombia, worked to devise a solution to provide clean drinking water to an indigenous tribe in one of the poorest regions of the country.
Kammerinke’s group was selected as one of five finalists out of nearly two dozen that started the competition. Due to graduations and class commitments, Kammerinke was the lone member of her group making the presentation that night; no stranger to being the last line of defense, she came through for her team as she has so many times on the field, bringing home the top prize in front of some familiar faces.
“I was nervous for sure, especially presenting by myself; however, it was a great opportunity for me to improve and test my presentation skills in a competitive setting,” Kammerinke said. “It was pretty cool, because many from my team came to watch and support me.”
A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honoree and the winner of the SJU Management Department’s International Business Outstanding Sophomore Award last year, Kammerinke has used her gifts in the classroom to help other students as well: during the current semester, in the midst of another championship season with the Hawk field hockey team, she spent time tutoring first-year students in the Accounting Department.
“As a two-year captain, Victoria is an amazing leader and representative of our Hawk program,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “She lives the values of taking care of others while striving for success in all areas.
“Here at SJU, we know it is possible to compete at a high level while achieving in the classroom. Victoria’s award is a small symbol that she will be ready to lead as a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. I’m fortunate to work alongside her for one more year.”
Kammerinke was recently named to the NFHCA’s All-America Second Team after garnering Third Team laurels in 2017. She has backstopped the Hawks to two consecutive Atlantic 10 tournament championships and the first two NCAA Tournament berths in program history on the way to becoming the Hawks’ all-time recordholder for career victories and shutouts by a goalkeeper. This season, she ranked second in Division I in winning percentage and tied for the national lead in shutouts while posting the fifth-lowest goals against average in the nation.