NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s senior Anna Willocks and freshman Tonya Botherway were named the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Player and Co-Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Monday.
Willocks bagged four goals and added an assist as the Hawks won a pair of games to close out the regular season with the program’s third consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season title. She scored twice on Friday in SJU’s 7-1 rout of La Salle, then posted a five-point afternoon a day later as the Hawks topped #14 Syracuse, 5-2.
A native of Palmerston North, New Zealand, Willocks ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 in goals (17) and points (40). This is the fourth Player of the Week honor of the season for the two-time All-America selection, as she was previously honored on September 4, October 8, and October 15.
Botherway tallied the opening goal in Friday’s win over the Explorers before pouring in five points of her own on Saturday. Her first goal of the day was the game-winner as she tipped home a corner shot early in the second half, and her second sealed the victory with just under five minutes remaining in the game.
The Auckland, New Zealand, product is third in the conference in goals (20) and assists (10) while ranking second with 50 points, all SJU freshman records. She has been named the Rookie of the Week five times, and pulled in Player of the Week honors as well on October 1.
Botherway shared this week’s honor with Addie Nash of Richmond.
The Hawks, ranked 12th in last week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, kick off the Atlantic 10 Championship at Ellen Ryan Field on Friday morning. The top-seeded Hawks will meet fourth-seeded Richmond at 11:00 a.m. in the semifinals.