Category: Field Hockey Alumni

News · Jill Bolton Named VaSID All State First Team


 Bolton Named VaSID All State First Team

December 20, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.

(L-R) Rhodes, Dykema and Bolton were each recognized by VaSID on Friday morning.

(L-R) Rhodes, Dykema and Bolton were each recognized by VaSID on Friday morning.

Liberty’s Daniella Rhodes has been selected as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Field Hockey Rookie of the Year. Additionally, Rhodes, Ashley Dykema and Jill Bolton were all voted to the VaSID All-State University Division first team.

Rhodes, a forward, is the second player in program history to earn rookie of the year honors, joining goalkeeper Allison Schaefer. Schaefer was the state co-rookie of the year in 2016.

This marks the second straight year the Lady Flames have featured three first team all-state selections. Liberty and NCAA Field Hockey Championship semifinalist Virginia led the Commonwealth with three first team honorees each. The Lady Flames have now had 26 all-state players (15 first team, 11 second team) in the program’s nine years of existence.

Rhodes, who also earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year recognition as well as All-BIG EAST first team and Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-South Region first team honors, led Liberty in goals (13), assists (9), points (36), shots on goal (51) and game-winning goals (3) during her first season in Lynchburg.

The native of Durban, South Africa finished 13th in the nation in points per game (1.94), 20th in goals per game (0.72) and 22nd in assists per game (0.50). Rhodes is the first player in school history to receive first team all-conference and first team all-region recognition as a freshman.

Dykema, a defender, is now a three-time all-state honoree, having earned first team recognition in 2018 and 2019 and second team status as a newcomer in 2017. The Newport News, Va., native enjoyed an outstanding junior season during which she received Longstreth/NFHCA All-America second team honors. Her other awards include: Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-South Region first team, BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and All-BIG EAST first team.

Serving as a team captain this past season, Dykema led a Liberty defensive unit which tallied seven shutouts and finished sixth in the country in shutouts per game (0.39) and 24th in goals-against-average (1.42). She played in 17 games for the Lady Flames and recorded one goal, four assists and six points.

Bolton, a forward, is now a three-time all-state recipient as well. The Souderton, Pa., native garnered first team recognition each of the past two years and second team honors as a freshman in 2017. A third team All-American in 2019, Bolton also earned All-South Region first team and All-BIG EAST first team distinctions.

She started all 18 games for the Lady Flames and finished second on the squad in goals (9), assists (5) and points (23). Bolton continued her climb up the Liberty field hockey record book as well. She currently ranks No. 6 in program history with 28 career goals and No. 7 with 70 career points.

First team All-American Rachel Robinson of Virginia was named VaSID Player of the Year, while Cavaliers head coach Michele Madison received VaSID Coach of the Year honors.

Liberty finished 10-8 overall and 5-2 in BIG EAST play in 2019, earning a spot in the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship for a fourth straight season. The Lady Flames were nationally ranked every week of the season and finished 19th in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll and 20th in the final NCAA Field Hockey RPI listing.

Player of the Year
Rachel Robinson, Virginia

Rookie of the Year
Daniella Rhodes, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Michele Madison, Virginia

VaSID All-State First Team
F – Daniella Rhodes, Liberty
F – Jill Bolton, Liberty
F – Miranda Rigg, James Madison
F – Elise Zwicklbauer, Richmond
M – Christie van de Kamp, William & Mary
M – Rachel Robinson, Virginia
M – Cara Menges, William & Mary
D – Rebecca Birch, Old Dominion
D – Amber Ezechiels, Virginia
D – Ashley Dykema, Liberty
GK – Lauren Hausheer, Virginia

VaSID All-State Second Team
F – Erin Huffman, Old Dominoin
F – Karly Harwood, Longwood
F – Woodard Hooper, Willliam & Mary
M – Maite Sturm, VCU
M – Annie Snead, William & Mary
M – Greer Gill, Virginia
M – Amanda DaSilva, Richmond
D – Cassidy Goodwin, William & Mary
D – Anzel Viljoen, Virginia
D – Tabby Billingham, William & Mary
GK – Katie Wyman, Longwood

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News · Kate Strickland (’19) Named To Synapse Sports Division 2 All-Rookie Team


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Division 2 FH All Rookie Team

2019 LONGSTRETH / NFHCA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICAN

2019 Synapse Sports All Rookie Teams

GILBERT, Ariz. – Millersville University’s Jordan GoddardErica Tarsi and Hannah Brown were recognized as All-America by two organizations Wednesday, and freshman Kate Strickland earned a spot on the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team.

Goddard and Tarsi landed a first team selection from both the NFHCA/Longstreth and Synapse Sports while Brown was voted to the second team by both organizations. Tarsi, a senior joins Rachel Dickinson (2012-14) as the only three-time NFHCA/Longstreth All-America First Team selections in program history. Goddard is now a two-time All-America pick after earning a second team mention by Synapse Sports in 2018. Millersville has produced at least three All-America selections in each of the last seven seasons.

Tarsi closed her Millersville career ranked third all-time in goals scored with 40 and third in points with 100. She is one of only three players in program history to lead the team in goals three times. As a senior, she totaled 10 goals and six assists.

Goddard served as the center of the Marauders’ back line. She led the team in minutes played with 1,198, totaling over 200 more minutes than any other non-goalkeeper. She helped the Marauders total nine shutouts. She also added a goal and three assists.

Brown made an immediate impact in the midfield after transferring in from Division I James Madison. Brown totaled six goals and two assists on just 18 shots on goal. Her 883 minutes were third-most among non-goalkeepers.

Strickland played in all 20 games as a freshman, totaling two goals and three assists. She was one of four Millersville freshmen to play in every game. Strickland scored the game-winning goal in an early-season win over then-No. 1 Shippensburg. Strickland is the 12th Marauder since 2008 named to the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Squad.

 | By: Ethan Hulsey, Director of Athletic Communications

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News · Jill Bolton (’17) Division 1 FH All American


2019 LONGSTRETH / NFHCA DIVISION I ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS

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For the first time in program history, we have 2 NFHCA All-Americans in the same season! Congrats, Ashley and Jill!

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News · Jill Bolton (’17) Selected to VaSID All-State First Team


Moroni Named VaSID Player of the Year, Lady Flames Place 3 on First Team

December 18, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
Moroni is the first VaSID Player of the Year in program history.

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

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Girls Varsity Field Hockey · Jill Bolton (’17) NFHCA All-South Region Honors


Moroni and Bolton Garner NFHCA All-South Region Honors
November 27, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
Moroni and Bolton Garner NFHCA All-South Region Honors

2017 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams

Liberty field hockey players Agueda Moroni and Jill Bolton garnered inclusion on the 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-South Region team on Monday. Moroni earned a spot on the All-South Region first team, while Bolton merited selection to the All-South Region second team.

“I’m incredibly proud of both Agui and Jill for making all-region. It is one of the most difficult regions to make all-region, being located in the middle of ACC country,” stated Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley. “Agui representing Liberty on the first is an outstanding accomplishment and a reflection of her work ethic.  For Jill to receive recognition as a freshman gives her a bright future.”

Moroni, a forward/midfielder, makes her first appearance on the all-region first team and second appearance on the all-region squad following second-team selection in 2016. The Cordoba, Argentina, native shined as a sophomore, matching a program record with 19 goals to go with a team-high eight assists and team-best 46 points. Moroni’s 46 points are the second most in a season in school history.

A first team All-BIG EAST selection, Moroni finished No. 8 in the country in goals per game (1.00) and No. 9 in points per game (2.42). She also placed fourth in the South Region in both categories. Moroni scored two or more goals on six occasions this fall, highlighted by her second career hat trick on Sept. 29 against Old Dominion. The sophomore also supplied the game-winning goal against the Monarchs in a 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship semifinal match on Nov. 3.

She recorded three game-winning goals on the year and converted 2-of-2 penalty stroke opportunities.

Bolton, a midfielder, is one of only 23 freshmen in the nation to be named to an all-region squad. The native of Souderton, Pa., who also garnered first team All-BIG EAST selection, scored nine goals to go with five assists and 23 points in her first year as a Lady Flame. Bolton finished 22nd in the South Region in points per game (1.21).

She recorded three goals, including the game winner at Temple (Oct. 27), and posted three assists in BIG EAST play. Bolton also played her best against strong competition, scoring goals against No. 2 Duke, No. 6 Delaware, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 17 Maryland. She also tallied a pair of markers against MAC runner-up Kent State and one goal against 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship participant Providence.

Moroni and Bolton guided the Liberty Lady Flames to runner-up finishes in the BIG EAST Conference’s regular-season standings and at the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.

In total, 160 Division I field hockey players received either first or second team honors across five regions.

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Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey, Girls Varsity Field Hockey · Bolton (’17) Named To All BIG EAST 1st Team


Lady Flames Quartet Garners BIG EAST Accolades

November 2, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty field hockey placed four players on the All-BIG EAST teams that were released by the league office on Thursday in advance of the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.

Sophomore Agueda Moroni, freshman Jill Bolton and freshman Ashley Dykema each garnered inclusion on the All-BIG EAST first team, while sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST second team.

The awards were determined by voting from BIG EAST coaches on the basis of performance in 2017 conference matches. The Lady Flames posted a 5-2 mark in BIG EAST play to finish second in the conference. Liberty will face No. 3 seed Old Dominion in the BIG EAST semifinals, Friday at 4 p.m. at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.

In its first two years in the conference, Liberty has merited nine All-BIG EAST selections (6 first team, 3 second team) and a BIG EAST Freshman of the Year (Allison Schaefer, 2016).

The Lady Flames featured the second-most players on the all-conference teams, behind only No. 1 UConn, who had six players named to either the first or second team, including BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Charlotte Veitner and Defensive Player of the Year Casey Umstead. Providence also featured four selections, as well as BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Manon van Weezel.

Agueda Moroni
Moroni, a preseason All-BIG EAST team selection, lived up to the billing as a unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST first team. The Cordoba, Argentina, native is a first team selection for the second straight year.

In seven conference contests this fall, Moroni poured in nine goals and added an assist for 19 points. The Cordoba, Argentina, native scored two or more goals in three BIG EAST matches, including her second career hat trick, coming against Old Dominion on Sept. 29 in Lynchburg.

Moroni was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week twice and to the Weekly Honor Roll on four occasions.

In 17 games this season, she has 18 goals, seven assists and 43 points, all tops on the team. Moroni is currently seventh in the country in goals per game (1.06) and eighth in points per game (2.43).

Jill Bolton 
Bolton hit her stride as the season went on. The Souderton, Pa., native has five goals, one assist and 11 points in her last four contests. She finished with three goals, three assists and nine points in seven BIG EAST contests.

Bolton scored two goals in the BIG EAST regular-season finale at Temple, last Friday. Her first goal of the match proved to be the game-winner. She also scored a goal versus Providence on Oct. 20, helping the Lady Flames lock up a postseason berth for the second straight season.

Bolton’s play has not gone unnoticed by the conference, as she has received the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week award in each of the last two weeks (Oct. 23, Oct. 30).

To date, Bolton has nine goals, five assists and 23 points in 17 contests.

Ashley Dykema 
Dykema was a force for a Liberty defense that yielded just seven goals to BIG EAST foes during conference play. The Newport News, Va., native helped the Lady Flames’ defense record three shutouts in conference action.

Dykema scored her first career goal in Liberty’s regular-season finale against No. 6 North Carolina. She also notched an assist.

Allison Schaefer 
Schaefer, the 2016 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and All-BIG EAST second team selection a year ago, makes her second appearance on the all-conference second team. The Millersville, Pa., native posted a 5-2 record, 0.88 goals-against-average (GAA), three shutouts and 29 saves in seven conference bouts as a sophomore.

Schaefer’s three clean sheets came against Villanova (Sept. 16), Georgetown (Oct. 6) and Providence (Oct. 20). She broke the school record for saves, last Friday against Temple. Schaefer’s first save of the contest marked her 207th career save. The sophomore surpassed former Lady Flame Mallory Cuccio (206 saves, 2012-15) and now stands in first place in program history with 218 saves to date.

In 18 games this year, Schaefer holds a 2.24 GAA with 92 saves and a .712 save percentage. She is currently No. 26 in the country in saves per game (5.53).

All-BIG EAST First Team^
Amanda Collins, Connecticut, Jr., F/M
Nina Klein, Connecticut, R-Sr., GK
Casey Umstead, Connecticut, Sr., M/D*
Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Sr., F*
Jill Bolton, Liberty, Fr., M
Ashley Dykema, Liberty, Fr., D
Agueda Moroni, Liberty, So., F*

Danielle Grega, Old Dominion, Sr., M*
Erin Huffman, Old Dominion, So., F
Megan Hamilton, Providence, Sr., M*
Manon van Weezel, Providence, Fr., D*
Lauren Belskie, Quinnipiac, Sr., D

^extra player added due to a tie in voting

All-BIG EAST Second Team
Margot van Hecking Colenbrander, Connecticut, Fr., D
Karlie Heistand, Connecticut, Sr., M/D
Anna Farley, Georgetown, Fr., M/D
Allison Schaefer, Liberty, So., GK
Julia van Dorsten, Old Dominion, R-Sr., M
Megan Guilbert, Providence, Sr., GK
Corinne Kenney, Providence, Jr., D
Elisa Ruiz Martinez, Quinnipiac, Jr., M
Rachael Mueller, Temple, Sr., F
Fresca Bello, Villanova, Sr., F
Erika Miller, Villanova, Jr., GK

Offensive Player of the Year
Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Sr., F

Defensive Player of the Year
Casey Umstead, Connecticut, Sr., M/D*

Freshman of the Year
Manon van Weezel, Providence, Fr., D

Coaching Staff of the Year
Connecticut

*Unanimous

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