Moroni Named VaSID Player of the Year, Lady Flames Place 3 on First Team
Liberty senior Agueda Moroni has been named the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Field Hockey Player of the Year.
In addition, Moroni, along with sophomores Jill Bolton and Ashley Dykema, were all voted to the VaSID All-State University Division first team. This marks the first time in program history the Lady Flames have featured a trio of first team all-state players.
This also marks the second straight year that all three players have been named to the all-state team. In 2017, Moroni made the first team, while Bolton and Dykema were second team honorees.
“Virginia is a very strong region, and it is an incredible honor for Agui, Jill and Ashley to receive this nod,” said Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley-Blocker. “All three of these student-athletes are leaders on and off the pitch for us. I am proud of the work they put in, which enabled them to represented Liberty on the VaSID list.”
Moroni, a forward/midfielder, is the first VaSID Player of the Year in program history. Also the program’s only first team All-American (2018), she put together a historic senior campaign with new program records for single-season goals (26), assists (14) and points (66). The Cordoba, Argentina, native was also named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and earned recognition on the All-South Region first team.
Moroni finished first in the nation in points per game (3.47), second in total goals (26) and goals per game (1.37) and seventh in assists per game (0.74). The senior also set new program records for career goals (55) and career points (135), doing so in only three seasons as a Lady Flame.
Bolton, a midfielder, tallied 10 goals, four assists and 24 assists this season. The sophomore also garnered first team All-BIG EAST selection along with second team all-region accolades. The Souderton, Pa., native recorded the first hat trick of her career on Sept. 2 at Ohio and also had a strong showing at the 2018 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, where she was named to the All-Tournament team.
Dykema, a defender, was a first team All-BIG EAST recipient and second team all-region honoree as well in 2018. The Newport News, Va., native anchored a Lady Flames defensive unit which recorded five shutouts on the year, their most since 2013 and tied for the second most in a single season in school history. Liberty’s defense limited its foes to 1.95 goals per game, its best mark since 2014. Dykema and the defense faced nine ranked opponents, this season.
Liberty and William & Mary each had three players named to the first team to lead all teams in the Commonwealth. Tribe head coach Tess Ellis received Coach of the Year honors, while Kimi Jones of William & Mary was voted Rookie of the Year.
Player of the Year
Agueda Moroni – Liberty
Rookie of the Year
Kimi Jones, William & Mary
Coach of the Year
Tess Ellis, William & Mary
VaSID All-State First Team
F – Agueda Moroni, Liberty
F – Emily McNamara, VCU
F – Leonie Verstraete, Longwood
F – Woodard Hooper, William & Mary
M – Estelle Hughes, William & Mary
M – Jill Bolton, Liberty
M – Greta Ell, Virginia
D – Christie van de Kamp, William & Mary
D – Rebecca Birch, Old Dominion
D – Ashley Dykema, Liberty
GK – Carrera Lucas, Virginia
VaSID All-State Second Team
F – Olivia Wawrzyniak, Longwood
F – Grace Wallis, Virginia
F – Elise Zwicklbauer, Richmond
M – Maite Sturm, VCU
M – Annie Snead, William & Mary
M – Erin Huffman, Old Dominion
M – Shannon Pereira, VCU
D – Rachel Robinson, Virginia
D – Luna Lopez, Longwood
D – Colleen Norair, Virginia
GK – Kimi Jones, William & Mary