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Field Hockey Places Two on Preseason All-CAA Team
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:08/22/2012

From CAA Reports

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 23, 2012 – James Madison field hockey senior midfielder Jenna Taylor  (Midlothian, Va./James River) and redshirt freshman forward Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke) were each named to the 2012 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association team in a vote of the league’s head coaches on Wednesday. 

Northeastern’s Crystal Poland a First Team All-America honoree in 2011 was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year and was one of 13 players honored by the conference on Wednesday. Returning champion Old Dominion led all teams with three selections while JMU, Northeastern, Drexel and Hofstra all had two honorees each. 

Taylor made First Team All-CAA a year ago after finishing the season with three goals and four assists for 10 points. Her three goals tied for third on the team while her four assists ranked second. She started all 19 games in the Dukes’ midfield and recorded 12 shots, eight of which were on goal and one game-winning goal. 

West received a medical redshirt after playing in just three games a year ago. She was a CAA All-Rookie team selection after leading the team in goals with six and points with 13. She recorded 14 shots, 11 of which were on net and went 1-for-1 in penalty stroke attempts. In her only CAA game as a true freshman, she finished with a hat trick against Drexel. 

Poland ranked third in the CAA with 27 goals last season and received first team All-America honors from the NFHCA. The Crofton, British Columbia native led the league in shots per game (5.86) and ranked second in points per game (2.59). Poland, who is a three-time member of the All-CAA first team, has scored 50 goals in her career with the Huskies, including 12 game winners. 

van Rijswijk contributed nine goals and 10 assists to earn second team All-CAA honors. Smither garnered 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year honors after topping ODU with 13 assists while collecting 21 points. Nearhouse, an NFHCA second team All-American, recorded eight goals and five assists as ODU advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. 

Layne was named to the All-CAA second team in 2011 after ranking fourth in the CAA with 20 goals and 13 assists. Boileau was fourth on the team in scoring with eight goals and three assists to earn a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team. 

Fleischut led Drexel in points (21), goals (9), and shots on goal (73). The Doylestown, Pa. native also scored three game-winning goals for the Dragons and was named to the All-CAA first team. Conrad ranked third on the team in goals (6) and points (16) and was chosen to the CAA All-Rookie team. 

Priest led all CAA goalkeepers in saves last season with 148 and ranked second in the league in goals against average (1.96) and shutouts (3). She was named to the All-CAA first team. 

Delaware’s McKee was named to the All-CAA second team in 2011 after contributing nine goals and six assists. 

Zamesnik led William & Mary last season with seven goals, 15 points, and 64 shots on goal. She was named to the All-CAA first team. 

The 2012 JMU Field Hockey campaign opens up this Friday, Aug. 24, in Kent, Ohio, as Madison takes on Vermont in a neutral site game at 2:30 p.m. The Dukes close the road trip on Sunday at 12 p.m. on the road against Kent State.

2012 CAA Field Hockey Preseason All-CAA Team
Jonel Boileau, Hofstra
Christina Conrad, Drexel
Amanda Fleischut, Drexel
Krizia Layne, Hofstra
Kelsey McKee, Delaware
Kati Nearhouse, Old Dominion
Crystal Poland, Northeastern
Lizzie Priest, Northeastern
Maartje van Rijswijk, Old Dominion
Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion
Jenna Taylor, James Madison
Taylor West, James Madison
Leah Zamesnik, William & Mary

Honorable Mention: Emma Clifton, William & Mary; Jesse Ebner, William & Mary; Kasie Nurko, Towson; Marta Penas, Hofstra; Megan Penza, Towson; Meghan Plank, Drexel

2012 CAA Preseason Player of the Year: Crystal Poland, Northeastern 

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