PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s junior forward Anna Willocks was named the 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Field Hockey Performer of the Year for the second consecutive season on Monday. She was joined on the Academic All-Area Team by sophomores Kathrin Bentz and Victoria Kammerinke in a vote conducted by the sports information offices of colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The first three-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year in league history, Willocks was named to the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team last week for the second year in a row. The Palmerston North, New Zealand, native is a three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2015 before earning Second Team All-America honors last season.
Willocks led the Hawks with 47 points and tied for the team lead with 18 goals this season as the Hawks won their second consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season title and their first conference tournament championship in 22 years. Saint Joseph’s made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season ranked 15th in the NFHCA Coaches Poll.
Bentz and Kammerinke were both named to the All-Region and All-Conference First Teams after leading a defensive unit that finished the season fourth in all of Division I in save percentage. Kammerinke was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Bentz racked up a career-high eight assists while playing every minute for the Hawks.
Saint Joseph’s was the only school to place three student-athletes on the Academic All-Area squad. The Hawk trio was joined on the team by Eastern’s Gina Miller, Melissa Russo of Gwynedd Mercy, Colleen Bradley of Immaculata, Rowan’s Rachel Galante and Julie Johnson, West Chester’s Kaitlin Hatch, and Kayla Herr and Eliza Newlin of Widener.