GILBERT, Ariz. – Six members of the Saint Joseph’s field hockey team earned All-Region accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Monday morning. Senior Anna Willocks, juniors Victoria Kammerinke and Pepa Serrano, and freshman Tonya Botherway earned First Team All-Mid-Atlantic honors, while seniors Joely Helder and Monica Tice garnered Second Team laurels.
The Hawks’ four First Team honorees are the most of any school in the Mid-Atlantic Region; Maryland and Princeton, who each reached the Final Four, were second with three apiece.
Willocks earned her third consecutive All-Region First Team selection after being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team in each of her four seasons in the Crimson and Gray. The Palmerston North, New Zealand, native is a three-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and holds the Saint Joseph’s program records for career goals, assists, and points after tallying 18 goals, seven assists, and 43 points during her senior campaign.
Kammerinke earned her second consecutive First Team nod after going back-to-back as the Atlantic 10’s Defensive Player of the Year. She ranked among the nation’s top keepers all season long, finishing with the second-best winning percentage (.857) and the fifth-lowest goals-against average (1.05) in Division I. Hailing from Kaarst, Germany, Kammerinke became SJU’s all-time leader in both wins and shutouts this season.
After earning Second Team All-Region honors her first two seasons, Serrano was tabbed for the First Team after finishing tied atop the Atlantic 10 in assists once again. The Buenos Aires, Argentina, native earned her third All-Atlantic 10 First Team honor and moved into second place on the Hawks’ all-time assist list this season as well.
Botherway was voted the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, extending the Hawks’ run to four consecutive seasons with the league’s top newcomer, and earned First Team All-Conference honors after finishing second in the league in goals (23) and points (56) and tied for fourth in assists (10). The native of Auckland, New Zealand, became the first Hawk to score in an NCAA Tournament game as she tallied two goals in the Hawks’ matchup with #8 Michigan on November 9.
Helder garnered her first All-Region honor after pulling in Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team honors for the second time. The Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, product matched a career high with five goals this season, including the lone goal in the Hawks’ 1-0 Atlantic 10 championship game triumph, and set a new career mark with 11 points.
Hailing from Hershey, Pa., Tice earned her first All-Region accolades and second Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team nod this season after serving as the linchpin of the Hawk midfield for four seasons. Alongside Willocks and Helder, Tice started every game of her four-year career, jointly setting a program record for games played in a career at 82.
The NHFCA will announce its Regional Players of the Year on Thursday, November 29, and its All-American Teams on Tuesday, December 4.