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Megan Bolton (’12) Named to All-MAC Freedom Field Hockey Team

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Article by: Eastern University Athletics

ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Middle Atlantic Conference office released the 2015 All-MAC Freedom Field Hockey Team this morning. Five Eastern players received recognition from league coaches for their outstanding play. Nicole Berger was named MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Year.

Berger, a sophomore goalie, led the MAC with an .803 save percentage. She posted a 1.576 overall goals against average. That number dropped to less than 1.2 goals against in league play. The Eagles, after missing the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, won six conference games and finished as the second seed for the MAC Freedom Tournament. Berger, who was also the goalie on the All-MAC Freedom first team, recorded 19 saves in a 2-0 loss at F&M.

“We really appreciate the recognition Berger received from the conference.” Head Coach Camrin Azzarano said of the honor. “We know there is more we want to accomplish, but this year was a great turn around. One cannot deny the impact Berger had in that.”

Megan Bolton joined Berger on the first-team. The senior defender was outstanding at both ends of the field. She was a consistent threat on penalty corners and finished her Eastern career with 27 defensive saves. Bolton had five goals and three assists this season. She finishes her career with 39 goals and 18 assists. She will represent Eastern at the 2015 Victory Sports Tours / National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior Game. This is Bolton’s fourth straight year being named to the first team.

“Megan is an excellent player,” Azzarano said. “Half of her season was significantly challenged by injury, so the 1st team recognition is affirmation of how valuable she was and how much she will be missed.”

Jessica Kinzler, Alison Hoag, and Gina Miller all were named to the second team.

Kinzler led the team with nine goals and five assists. With her clever stick skills and elusive speed, the junior forward showed the ability to create goals in the run of play. She had four game-winning goals this season, and she was named MAC Freedom Player of the Week in the last week of October This is the first All-MAC Freedom award for Kinzler.

Miller, a sophomore midfielder, finished the season right behind Kinzler in scoring. She had eight goals and five assists. Her consistency on penalty corners and toughness in the midfield helped the Eagles to six league wins. Despite battling through injuries for this entire season, Miller started 35 of 36 games in her Eastern career.

Hoag, a freshmen midfielder, started all 18 games this season and led the Eagles in minutes played. She scored three goals and played a critical role in transition offense and transition defense. Hoag made the move into midfield this year after playing in the back as a high school player, and she scored critical goals against Rowan and Wilkes.

Azzarano concluded her thoughts saying, “We are very proud of how Kinzler and Miller stepped up their game and maturity for this team. They were such key players for us this year. Hoag receiving second team is exciting. Hoag adapted to anything and everything we asked of her this year. She will only get better and better every year.”

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