NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Saint Joseph’s junior forward Anna Willocks made Atlantic 10 field hockey history on Thursday as she was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke was named the Co-Defensive Player of the Year, freshman forward Quinn Maguire earned Rookie of the Year honors, and Lynn Farquhar was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in a vote conducted among the league’s head coaches.
In addition, eight different Hawks earned All-Conference honors, as Saint Joseph’s placed a league-high five student-athletes on the First Team, two on the Second, three on the All-Rookie squad, and a pair on the All-Academic Team.
Willocks, a native of Palmerston North, New Zealand, is the first to claim the league’s Offensive Player of the Year honor three times. She currently ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in goals (16), assists (10), and points (42) after leading the league in scoring in each of the last two seasons. She has moved into second place on the Hawks’ all-time lists for goals and points, and tied the school’s career assist record on October 7.
Hailing from Kaarst, Germany, Kammerinke currently leads all of Division I with an .819 save percentage and has backstopped the Hawks to the second-best team save percentage in the country. She also leads the Atlantic 10 with a 1.09 goals against average and seven shutouts. Kammerinke broke the single-season program record for wins when she notched her 16th victory of the season on October 28.
Kammerinke shared the honor with Melanie Kreusch of Massachusetts, who was also the league’s Defensive Player of the Year a season ago.
Maguire leads all Atlantic 10 newcomers and ranks third overall with 15 goals and 36 points in her debut campaign. The Media, Pennsylvania, product earned at least a share of the league’s Rookie of the Week honor six times this season, and was also named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week on September 4. She follows Willocks and Pepa Serrano as the third Hawk in as many seasons to be named the Atlantic 10’s top freshman.
Farquhar was tabbed as the league’s top coach for the second consecutive season. A year after leading the Hawks to an undefeated conference record and the program’s first Atlantic 10 regular season title in over two decades, she has guided this year’s squad to 16 wins, tying a school record, and a number-17 national ranking en route to claiming a second consecutive regular season crown. In her fourth season on the sidelines at Saint Joseph’s, Farquhar sits in second place on the Hawks’ all-time coaching wins list.
Willocks, Kammerinke, and Maguire were tabbed for the All-Conference First Team as well, and joining the trio are Serrano and sophomore back Kathrin Bentz. Serrano has totaled nine points on the season as a key piece of the Hawk midfield, including a goal and two assists in the title-clinching win over Davidson last Saturday. Bentz, meanwhile, is a stalwart at center back for the Hawks’ league-leading defensive unit, and has added six assists to tie her for second on the team.
Junior back Joely Helder and freshman forward Emily Henry both earned All-Conference Second Team honors. Helder has scored three goals and earned six points out of the defensive backfield, while Henry ranks among the league leaders with nine goals and 22 points. She was also named the league’s Rookie of the Week twice and has scored four game-winning goals this season.
Maguire and Henry were named to the All-Rookie Team, as was freshman back Nicholl Fenton. Fenton has started all 19 games for the Hawks this season and has been a key part of a Hawk backline that has allowed only 21 goals, including just four in Atlantic 10 play.
Willocks and Kammerinke were also recognized for their work in the classroom, as the pair earned slots on the All-Academic Team as well.
Saint Joseph’s earned the top seed in the 2017 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship, set to begin on Friday at the Gladchuk Sports Complex in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Hawks will meet fourth-seeded Richmond at 11:00 a.m., with the winner facing either second-seeded UMass or third-seeded VCU in the championship game on Saturday afternoon.