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Two JMU Field Hockey Players Receive All-CAA Honors
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:11/05/2010
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Nov. 5, 2010 -Two James Madison field hockey players were honored by the Colonial Athletic Association as the league held its annual awards banquet Friday evening prior to the start of the 2010 CAA Championship on Saturday.

JMU was represented on the All-CAA First Team by senior back Amy Daniel (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood).  Freshman midfielder Lise van Dam (The Hague, The Netherlands/Maerlant Lyceum) was a All-CAA Second Team Selection as well as All-Rookie honoree.

Drexel's Christina Mastropaolo was named the league's Player of the Year for the second consecutive year while Old Dominion's Loran Hatch was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  VCU's Kelly McQuade took home Coach of the Year honors and Rymme van Dessel, also of VCU, was chosen as the Rookie of the Year.

Daniel picked up her first all-conference selection of her career on Friday.  She finished the regular season as the CAA's leader in goals (19) and points (47).  The Mountain Top, Pa. native also ranks in the top ten in the conference in shots (73), assists (9) and game-winning goals.  She ranks ninth in the country in points per game (2.61), eight in goals per game (1.06) and 35th in assists per game (0.50).  She started 18 games for the Dukes and recorded a point in 14, including scoring a goal in 10 of them.

van Dam started in the midfield for Madison from day one, making 18 starts for JMU.  She recorded two goals and one assists to finish the season with five points.

Mastropaolo wins her second straight CAA Player of the Year honor.  The senior forward tied for third in the league with 14 goals on only 44 shots.  Her five goals in Drexel's 5-2 victory over Hofstra on Sept. 24 were the most scored by a CAA player in a single game all season.  The Harleysville, Pa. native also dished out eight assists this season, good enough for second on her squad and seventh in the CAA.  After opening the year with just four goals in nonconference play, Mastropaolo has tallied a league-high 10 goals to help her Dragons to a 7-1 record in the CAA.  She enters postseason play ranked seventh among all active Division I players in career goals (60) and points (145).

Hatch is the sixth player in ODU history to capture Defensive Player of the Year honors since the CAA began presenting the honor 12 years ago. The senior back headlined an ODU defense that posted four shutouts and held an additional five opponents to a lone goal this season. Hatch and the Lady Monarchs recorded three straight shutouts to open CAA play and limited league foes to just eight goals in eight conference contests this season. The Green Lane, Pa., native doubled as an offensive threat this season, ranking second in the CAA with 17 goals in her senior campaign. She notches her first All-CAA first team nod after earning Rookie of the Year accolades in 2007.

van Dessel becomes the third VCU player to be tabbed Rookie of the Year and the first since 2004. The Dutch-born back was a mainstay in the starting lineup this season, as she started all 19 games for the Rams. van Dessel helped anchor a VCU defensive front that recorded five shutouts in 2010, which tied Drexel for tops in the league. She also helped the Rams limit opponents to the second lowest goals-per-game average (1.68) in the CAA this season.

McQuade was selected as CAA Coach of the Year for the first time in her four-year head coaching career. McQuade's Rams clinched their first CAA Tournament berth in seven years and closed the regular season by winning 10 of their last 13 games. At 13-6, VCU has tallied its most victories since 1992 when it finished the season with a school-record 16 wins.

Drexel and Northeastern each placed a league-high three players on the All-CAA first team. Chosen along with Mastropaolo from the Dragons were senior forward Susan Ciufo (12g, 6a) and midfielder/back Kim Tunell (7g, 9a). The Huskies were represented by junior midfielder Kaela Barker (4g, 7a), sophomore forward Crystal Poland (11g, 6a) and sophomore goalkeeper Lizzie Priest (1.90 GAA, 104 svs.).

Old Dominion and VCU each placed a pair of players on the first team. The Lady Monarchs' Hatch was joined by sophomore forward/midfielder Maartje van Rijswijk (14g, 1a), while the Rams were represented by sophomore forward Kelsey Scherrer (14g, 8a) and senior midfielder Marle van Dessel (11g, 4a). Also tabbed first-team All-CAA selections was Hofstra junior midfielder Genna Kovar (9g, 5a).

The CAA championship gets under way on Saturday at the Vidas Athletic Complex in Philadelphia, Pa.  Top-seeded Drexel will square off with No. 4 VCU at 12 p.m. in Saturday's first semifinal game, followed by No. 2 Old Dominion and No. 3 Northeastern at 2:30 p.m.  The winners will advance to Sunday's 1 p.m. championship game.

2010 All-CAA Field Hockey Teams
Selected by CAA Field Hockey Coaches

2010 CAA Player of the Year: Christina Mastropaolo, Drexel
2010 CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Loran Hatch, Old Dominion
2010 Rookie of the Year: Rymme van Dessel, VCU
2010 Coach of the Year: Kelly McQuade, VCU 

Player, School, Cl., Pos., Hometown/High School
First Team
Kaela Barker, Northeastern, Jr., M, North Vancouver, British Columbia/Sutherland
Susan Ciufo, Drexel, Sr., F, Bangor, Pa./Bangor
Amy Daniel, James Madison, Sr., B, Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood
Kim Tunell, Drexel, Sr., M/B, Wilmington, Del./Concord
Loran Hatch, Old Dominion, Sr., B, Green Lane, Pa./Upper Perkiomen
Genna Kovar, Hofstra, Jr., M, Hampton Bays, N.Y./Hampton Bays
Christina Mastropaolo, Drexel, Sr., F., Harleysville, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy
Crystal Poland, Northeastern, So., F, Crofton, British Columbia/Cowichan Secondary
Kelsey Scherrer, VCU, So., F, Chesapeake Bay, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate
Marle van Dessel, VCU, Sr., M, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands/St. Odulphus Lyceum
Maartje van Rijswijk, Old Dominion, So., M/F, Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Lizzie Priest, Northeastern, So., GK, North Vancouver, British Columbia/Sutherland

Second Team
Kristie Blumer, Towson, Sr., F, Rockville, Md./Magruder
Michelle Drummonds, Delaware, Sr., B, Elkton, Md./Elkton
Erica Eng, William & Mary Sr., B/M/F, Morristown, N.J./Madison
Katherine Kirk, Old Dominion, Jr., F, Lititz, Pa./Warwick
Carolyn Malloy, Northeastern, Jr. F, Windham, N.H./Salem
Kelsey Nawalinski, William & Mary, r-Jr., M, Downington, Pa./Villa Maria
Lise van Dam, James Madison, Fr., M, The Hague, The Netherlands/Maerlant Lyceum
Flore van Dressel, VCU, Sr., B, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands/St. Odulphus Lyceum
Rymme van Dressel, VCU, Fr., B, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands/St. Odulphus Lyceum
Missy Woodie, Delaware, Sr., B/M, Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor
Jenna Phillips, Drexel, So., GK, Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham

All-Rookie Team
Lindsay Bennett, Northeastern, Fr., F, Kansas City, Mo./Notre Dame de Sion
Kristen Focht, Drexel, Fr., M, Allentown, Pa./William Allen
Lindsay McArdle, Drexel, Fr. M, Upper Darby, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara
Kathleen Morris, Towson, Fr., M, Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township
Kati Nearhouse, Old Dominion, Fr., F, Nanticoke, Pa./Greater Nanticoke
Clare O'Malley, Delaware, Fr., M, Summit, N.J./Summit
Emilie Soares, VCU, Fr., F, Santa Clara, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
Dieke ter Weel, Hofstra, Fr., B, Eindhoven, The Netherlands/Lorentz Casimir Lyceum
Lise van Dam, James Madison, Fr., M, The Hague, The Netherlands/Maerlant Lyceum
Rymme van Dressel, VCU, Fr., B, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands/St. Odulphus Lyceum

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