NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s seniors Pepa Serrano and Kathrin Bentz were named the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, as the conference announced its postseason awards on Thursday afternoon. In addition, head coach Lynn Farquhar was tabbed as the league’s Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.
All told, 11 Hawks were feted by the league on Thursday. Serrano and Bentz were named to the All-Conference First Team, alongside junior Jordan Olenginski and sophomore Tonya Botherway. Earning Second Team honors were senior Victoria Kammerinke, graduate student Carolina Boxer, junior Emily Peters, and freshman Kate Blincoe, while Blincoe, Boxer, Katy Benton, and Kacie Patton were tabbed for the All-Rookie Team. Bentz, Kammerinke, and Olenginski earned All-Academic honors as well.
A four-time All-Conference First Team selection, Serrano leads the Atlantic 10 and is tied for fourth in the nation with 14 assists while ranking second in the league with 28 points. Her seven goals tie her for third in the A-10; she is also one of three Hawks tied for the league lead with 16 points in conference play.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Serrano was a Third Team All-America honoree a season ago and has three All-Region selections – one First Team and two Second Team – to her name over the first three years of her career. She also broke the Hawks' career assist record earlier this season and was one of two Hawks selected to the NFHCA Division I Senior All-Star Game.
Bentz has shattered her career highs in every statistical category during her senior campaign, ranking third in the conference with 27 points. Her 13 assists rank her second in the league behind Serrano and tied for seventh in the country, while her seven goals are tied for third-most in the league. She is a four-time Defensive Player of the Week honoree.
Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, Bentz was named to the All-Conference Second Team in 2018, a year after earning All-Region and All-Conference First Team honors in 2017. She currently ranks third in program history in career assists, and is tied for the school record for games played in a career.
Farquhar earned Coach of the Year honors after leading the Hawks to their fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season title in 2019. SJU polished off its third unbeaten conference record in four years this season, and is currently ranked 13th in both the NFHCA Coaches Poll and the NCAA RPI. Her charges have claimed four of the past five Offensive Player of the Year honors, three consecutive Defensive Player of the Year awards, and four of the last five Rookie of the Year accolades.
Botherway's 16 goals and 34 points are both league bests, while her 16 points in conference play tie her with Serrano and Bentz for the league lead in that category, and her eight goals in conference games put her alone atop the league. She has also totaled a league-best four game-winning goals on the season, including her winner at Richmond that sealed the Hawks' fourth consecutive regular season league title.
A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Botherway earned First Team All-Region and All-Conference accolades last season and was named both the ECAC and Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. Her 39 career goals are fifth-most in program history, and her 90 points through just 39 games tie her for fourth on the Hawks' all-time list.
Enjoying a breakout junior campaign, Olenginski is second in the league with 10 goals and fourth in the league with 23 points. In conference play, she is tied for second in goals scored and tied for sixth in total points.
Hailing from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, Olenginski has a pair of game-winners to her credit and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season.
Kammerinke is tied for the most wins by a goalkeeper among all active NCAA field hockey student-athletes with a school-record 61. This season, she has posted three shutouts, with two of them coming in conference play, and turned in her best performances in the biggest spotlight with a season-high nine saves in the Hawks' contests at national powers Syracuse and North Carolina. She also made eight saves in the Hawks' dramatic win at currently ninth-ranked Boston College,
A two-time NFHCA All-America honoree – she was selected to the Third Team in 2017 and the Second Team in 2018 – Kammerinke holds the Hawks' career and single-season records for both wins and shutouts. She was named the Atlantic 10's top defensive player in each of the last two seasons as well as a First Team All-Region selection, and receives her third career All-Conference honor this season.
Boxer leads all league newcomers in points, and is tied for fourth in the conference in assists. A two-time Rookie of the Week, the Buenos Aires native has stepped up her game in conference play, ranking in the top four in goals, assists, and points scored in Atlantic 10 games.
The 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship's Most Outstanding Player, Peters has started all 18 games this season and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in both points and goals scored. The Lebanon, Pa., product also sits in the top five in the league in both categories in conference play as well.
Blincoe made an impact right out of the gate for the Hawks, starting all but one game in her freshman campaign. Despite playing as a defender, she is among the league's rookie leaders in points. The Palmerston North, New Zealand, product made her presence felt in big spots offensively during the season, serving as a striker on the attacking penalty corner unit; she tallied the game-winner against Lock Haven as well as a crucial late equalizer to send the Hawks' game at #1 North Carolina into overtime.
Benton started all 18 games as a linchpin of the Hawk defense. A native of Worcester, Pa., she tallied the game-winner against Drexel and is a key part of both the Hawks' attacking and defensive corner units.
Patton is tied for ninth in the league in goals, having scored six on the season. Coming to Hawk Hill from Allentown, Pa., Patton ranks among the league's rookie leaders in goals and points, and tallied game-winners against nationally-ranked Rutgers and Delaware.
The Hawks will kick off the Atlantic 10 Championship on Friday when they meet fourth-seeded Lock Haven. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m. at Richmond’s Crenshaw Field.