NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 4, 2011 – Two James Madison field hockey players were among the athletes recognized at the annual Colonial Athletic Association field hockey banquet held Friday night prior to the semifinals of the 2011 Virginia 529 CAA Championships on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Junior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) was selected First Team All-CAA in a vote of the league’s head coaches while freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Va./Pocomoke) earned All-Rookie recognitions.
Taylor, a Preseason All-CAA selection, earned First Team honors after finishing the regular season with three goals and three assists for nine points. She added an assist in Thursday’s win over Delaware to bring her total up to 10 points. She ranks second on the team in assists, third in points, and tied for third in goals while serving as the team’s primary starter on penalty corners. Taylor also played a big role on a defense that posted three shutouts and held its opponents to 2.44 goals per game.
Despite playing in only three games, West leads the team with six goals and 13 points. In her only conference action of the season, the freshman scored a hat trick to help send JMU into penalty strokes against Drexel. West had a .429 shooting percentage, scoring on six of her 14 shots while 11 of her shots were on goal.
Old Dominion swept all of the major conference honors after going 18-2 overall and 8-0 in CAA play. Senior forward Emma Bratten was named the 2011 CAA Player of the Year after finishing the season with 19 goals and 43 points, including four game-winning goals.
Senior back Stephanie Kratzer earned CAA Defensive Player of the Year while freshman midfielder Kelsey Smither was the Rookie of the Year. Head Coach Beth Anders was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for the 11th time in her career.
Bratten, Kratzer and Smither joined Taylor on the All-CAA First Team. Also garnering First Team honors were Northeastern junior goalkeeper Lizzie Priest and junior forward Crystal Poland, Towson senior forward Katie DeFilippo, Drexel junior midfielder Amanda Fleishcut, Hofstra senior forward Genna Kovar, VCU junior forward Kelsey Scherrer and William & Mary junior midfielder Leah Zamesnik.
ODU and Delaware placed three players each on the All-CAA Second Team while Northeastern, Drexel and Hofstra had two representatives each.
Play resumes on Saturday in the CAA Championship semifinals with fourth-seeded JMU taking on top-seeded Old Dominion at noon. Third-seeded Hofstra and second-seeded Northeastern will do battle in the second semifinal which is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday's championship game will be at 1 p.m. at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.
All-CAA Field Hockey Teams
Selected by CAA Field Hockey Coaches
CAA Player of the Year: Emma Bratten, Old Dominion
2011 CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Stephanie Kratzer, Old Dominion
2011 CAA Rookie of the Year: Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion
2011 CAA Coach of the Year: Beth Anders, Old Dominion
(Player, School, Class, Position, Hometown/High School)
Emma Bratten, Old Dominion, Sr., F, Oxford,
Katie DeFilippo, Towson, Sr., F, Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll
Amanda Fleishcut, Drexel, Jr., M, Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West
Genna Kovar, Hofstra, Sr., F/M, Hampton Bays, N.Y./Hampton Bays
Stephanie Kratzer, Old Dominion, Sr., M/B, Lititz, Pa./Warwick
Crystal Poland, Northeastern, Jr., F, Crofton, British Columbia/Cowichan Secondary
Kelsey Scherrer, VCU, Jr., F, Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate
Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion, F, M/B, Suffolk, Va./Lakeland
Jenna Taylor, James Madison, Jr., M, Midlothian, Va./James River
Leah Zamesnik, William & Mary, Jr., M/F, Norfolk, Va./Granby
Lizzie Priest, Northeastern, Jr., GK, North Vancouver, British Columbia/Sutherland
Pam Aldridge, Northeastern, Sr., M, Richmond,
British Columbia/Hugh McRoberts
Monica Baick, Drexel, Sr., M, Gaithersburg, Md., Quince Orchard
Kaela Barker, Northeastern, Sr., M, North Vancouver, British Columbia/Sutherland
Krizia Layne, Hofstra, Jr., F/M, Arima, Trinidad/St. Augustine
Amy Lee Harvey, Hofstra, Sr., M, Harare, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent
Amanda McCardell, Delaware, Sr., M, Elkton, Md./North East
Kelsey McKee, Delaware, Fr., B, Gap, Pa./Coatesville
Kati Nearhouse, Old Dominion, So, F, Nanticoke, Pa./Greater Nanticoke
Sofia Sanguinetti, Drexel, Sr., B, Montevideo, Uruguay/The British School
Maartje van Rijswijk, Old Dominion, Jr., F, Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Noelle Diana, Delaware, Sr., GK, Flanders, N.J./Mount Olive
Devon Seifert, Old Dominion, Sr., GK, Marmora, N.J./Ocean City
Jonel Boileau, Hofstra, Fr., F, Kelowna,
British Secondary/Kelowna Secondary
Emma Clifton, William & Mary, Fr., M/F, Loomberah, Australia/Calrossy Anglican
Kendell Combs, VCU, Fr., F/M/B, Suffok, Va./Lakeland
Christian Conrad, Drexel, Fr., F, Fallston, Md./Fallston
Jesse Ebner, William & Mary, Fr., M/B, Sinking, Spring, Pa./The Hill School
Kelsey McKee, Delaware, Fr., B, Gap, Pa./Coatesville
Marta Penas, Hofstra, Fr., M/F, Barcelona, Spain/IES Joaquim Blume
Meghan Plank, Drexel, Fr., M/F, Glen Mills, Pa./West Chester Bayard Rustin
Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion, Fr., M/B, Suffolk, Va./Lakeland
Lydia Velzian, Old Dominion, Fr., M/B, Hamilton, New Zealand/Waikato Diocesan
Taylor West, James Madison, Fr., M/F, Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke
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