Nov. 3, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Five Saint Joseph's field hockey players were honored with Atlantic 10 postseason awards, the conference announced on Thursday morning. Senior Therese Doyle was selected to the All-Conference First Team, while senior Ellen Rowe was tabbed for the Second Team.
Doyle posted career bests in every major category this season, tallying seven goals and four assists for 18 points. She was the Hawks' second-leading goal scorer while finishing third on the squad in both assists and total points. Doyle recorded a banner day on October 12 as she posted a pair of assists before scoring the game-winner in overtime as SJU toppled Villanova, 3-2, for its first win on Ellen Ryan Field.
Rowe led the Hawks in goals and points, tallying career highs in both categories (10 goals, 23 points) while matching her career-best with three assists. She posted a pair of multi-goal games this season, scoring twice against Ohio and Richmond, and was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on September 6. Rowe also moved into a tie for ninth place on the all-time goals scored list, netting the 23rd of her career in Sunday's win over Saint Louis.
Martin had a breakout freshman campaign, tying for third on the team with six goals and ranking fourth with 14 points. She was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week after scoring twice against Delaware in the opening game at Ellen Ryan Field on September 24, and scored the only goal in SJU's 1-0 win at Georgetown on October 9.
Testa shattered her previous career highs with six goals, eight assists, and 20 points. She led the Hawks in assists and moved into a tie for 10th in program history in that category, having dished out 15 helpers in her career. Testa scored twice in Saint Joseph's 7-1 romp at Siena and also tallied a pair of goals, including the equalizer with no time left on the clock, in the win over Villanova.
Githens posted two goals and an assist for five points on the season. Playing in all 17 games this season and starting 13, she tallied the lone score in a 1-0 win over Lehigh on September 18 for her first career points.
Temple's Bridget Settles was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year, while Massachusetts goalkeeper Alesha Widdall took home Defensive Player of the Year honors. Rebecca Barry of Richmond was chosen as the Rookie of the Year, while Coach of the Year accolades went to Michelle Marks of La Salle.
Saint Joseph's will serve as the host of the 2011 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship at Ellen Ryan Field. Tickets for the event, held Friday and Saturday, are available by calling 610-660-3319.