DANBURY, Conn. – Saint Joseph’s freshman forward Tonya Botherway was named the ECAC Division I Field Hockey Rookie of the Year, the organization announced on Thursday. Botherway also earned All-ECAC accolades, as did senior forward Anna Willocks.
Botherway led the Hawks and ranked second in the Atlantic 10 with 23 goals and 56 points on the season on the way to Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors. She later went on to be named to the NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team as well. On November 9, she became the first Hawk to score in an NCAA Tournament game, tallying both SJU goals in the Hawks’ 3-2 loss to #8 Michigan.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Botherway was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week a league-leading five times this season and is the fourth consecutive Hawk to win the award for the league’s top newcomer.
Willocks, who hails from Palmerston North, New Zealand, ranked second on the team and fourth in the league with 18 goals and 43 points in her final season on Hawk Hill. She set the program’s all-time records for goals and points this year after capturing the assist mark last season.
A three-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, four-time All-Conference First Team honoree, and three-time All-Region First Team selection, Willocks became the first Hawk to earn three NFHCA All-America honors in her career and just the second to be named to the All-America First Team on December 4. Earlier this week, she was tabbed as one of four finalists for the prestigious Honda Sport Award.
The pair helped lead Saint Joseph’s to its third consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season title and second consecutive tournament crown. The Hawks finished the season ranked 10th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, the program’s highest-ever ranking.