DANBURY, Conn. – Saint Joseph’s sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke was named the ECAC Division I Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday morning, the organization announced. SJU head coach Lynn Farquhar was recognized as the ECAC Division I Coach of the Year as well.
In addition, Kammerinke, junior forward Anna Willocks, and sophomore back Kathrin Bentz were named to the All-ECAC First Team on Thursday, while freshman forward Quinn Maguire received Honorable Mention laurels.
Kammerinke led the Atlantic 10 in wins, goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts en route to the league’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year award. She set a school record with 18 wins and finished the season third in the nation in save percentage.
Farquhar added ECAC hardware to her mantle after claiming her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honor. Now second in program history in coaching victories, Farquhar guided the Hawks to their first Atlantic 10 title in 22 years and the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. The Hawks won a school-record 18 games this season and claimed their second consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season championship.
Willocks is the three-time reigning Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, the first student-athlete in league history to achieve that feat. She led the Hawks in assists and points, and set a new program record for career assists with her 27th on November 4. A 2016 Second Team All-America honoree, Willocks joined Kammerinke and Maguire on the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team earlier this week.
Bentz played every minute for the Hawks this season, marshaling a defensive unit that ranked fourth in Division I with an .805 save percentage on the year. She also added a goal and eight assists for 10 points on her way to Second Team All-Region honors.
After becoming the third Hawk in as many years to claim the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year award (Willocks, 2015; Pepa Serrano, 2016), Maguire scored three goals in the Hawks’ A-10 semifinal win over Richmond to earn a spot on the All-Championship Team alongside Willocks and freshmen Jordan Olenginski and Emily Peters. Maguire was one of five Hawks to earn All-Conference First Team honors, joining Kammerinke, Willocks, Bentz, and Serrano.
Saint Joseph’s and Delaware led the way with four on the All-ECAC Teams. Virginia’s Tara Vittese and Pien Dicke were named the Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively.