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#17 Kelsey Cutchins
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Suffolk, Va.
High School: Lakeland

As a senior: Named to the CAA Silver Anniversary Team as one of the top 25 field hockey student-athletes in league history... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American, first three-time Academic All-American Division I athlete in JMU history... CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, first repeat winner in award's history... VaSID Academic All-State... First Team All-CAA... CAA All-Tournament... Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Second Team All-Region (South)... VaSID First Team All-State... ECAC All-Star/Top Goalkeeper... JMU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year... finalist for JMU Female Athlete of the Year... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District... JMU President's List for 2010 Spring Semester... NFHCA Senior All-Star... preseason CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA... CAA Scholar-Athlete for Field Hockey... JMU President's List Fall 2009... CAA Commissioner's Academic Award... JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete... JMU Psychology Senior Award for Distinguished Service... NFHCA National Academic Squad... finished her JMU career tied for seventh all-time in games played with 87, first in career GAA with 1.10, ninth in career save percentage with .771, tied for seventh in saves with 297, and first all-time in minutes played in goal with 5581:22... ranked first in the CAA in saves (121), saves per game (6.05), GAA (1.05), and was second in shutouts (3), and shutouts per game (0.15)... finished the season nationally ranked 18th in GAA, 24th in saves per game, and fifth in save percentage with .796... recorded first shutout on five saves in the 1-0 win over Ohio State... recorded 14 saves, two shy of career high and most since 2007, in the 3-2 win over Kent State... posted nine saves in a 3-1 loss to #2 Wake Forest... posted four saves in 2-1 win at Albany... tied season high with 14 saves in loss to Michigan State... had nine saves in 3-2 overtime win against American, including five in overtime, and tied career high for minutes played in a game with 100:00... played 82:48 and recorded 10 saves in 2-1 win over Towson... shutout VCU and Richmond in consecutive weeks... recorded 10 saves in 2-0 loss to #2 North Carolina... set all-time goalkeeper minute mark during 2-1 win over W&M with 5336:51 total minutes played... eight saves in overtime win over Northeastern to clinch CAA tournament spot... eight saves in overtime CAA tournament loss to eventual champion Delaware.


As a junior: Longstreth/NFHCA Division I First Team All-American... Womansfieldhockey.com Division I First Team All-American... JMU Female Athlete of the Year... JMU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year... ECAC All-Star/ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year... ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team... ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team... Longstreth/NFHCA Division I First Team All-Region (South)...CAA Player of the Year... CAA First Team All-Conference... CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year... CAA Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete Award... VaSID State Player of the Year... VaSid First Team All-State... VaSID Academic All-State... member of U.S. Under-21 National Team... NFHCA National Academic Squad... JMU President's List Fall 2008 & Spring 2009... JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete... ranked first in nation in goals against average... first in save percentage... ranked eighth in the CAA in saves... led the CAA in shutouts, shutouts per game, goals against average, and save percentage... ranked ninth in saves per game...the current JMU record holder in goals against average... ranked ninth in JMU history in career save percentage, tenth in career saves, third in minutes in goal... set a JMU season record for goals against average... holds the third-best season save percentage in JMU history...recorded her first full shutout of the season at Ohio in a 1-0 victory... had six saves in a 3-1 loss to Wake Forest... recorded five saves in a 1-0 double overtime win over Virginia... shutout Kent State in a 1-0 victory earning her CAA Player of the Week honors, Womensfieldhockey.com National Honor Roll honors, and being named the ECAC Division I Goalkeeper of the Week... did not allow a goal in back-to-back games against American and split a shutout against Delaware...made seven saves in a 6-1 victory over Towson ...recorded two full shutouts and one split in three straight games against Villanova, Louisville, and Virginia Commonwealth... made six saves in a 1-0 loss to North Carolina... made seven saves and notched her seventh shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over Old Dominion to win the CAA tournament... recorded six saves in a 2-1 loss to Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament.


As a sophomore:  Longstrength/NFHCA Division I First Team All-American... Womensfieldhockey.com Division I First Team All-American... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team women's at-large... ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team women's at-large... Longstrength/NFHCA Division I First Team All-Region (South)... CAA Player of the Year (first GK ever to win the honor)... CAA Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete Award... CAA First Team All-Conference... CAA All-Tournament... CAA Preseason All-Conference... VaSID State Player of the Year... VaSID First Team All-State... VaSID Academic All-State... ECAC Division I All-Star goalkeeper... ZAG/NFHCA National Academic Squad... Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 JMU President's List... CAA Commissioner's Academic Award... Nov. 5th Womensfieldhockey.com National Honor Roll... ranked second in nation in goals against average... 10th nationally in save percentage.split in season opening 7-0 win against Georgetown... four saves in 2-1 win over Albany... played 145:05 minutes in one week in two matches against Penn State and Saint Joseph's... 16 saves in 1-0 overtime victory against Penn State and played 100 total minutes... played 45:05 minutes in 1-0 victory match against Saint Joseph's that same week earning her CAA Player of the Week, Womensfieldhockey.com National Honor Roll, and ECAC Division I Goalkeeper of the Week... three saves against Duke helping JMU's 5-4 first round NCAA victory... six saves in second round NCAA game against UNC... 71 saves this season and six solo shutouts for 10 in her career... after two seasons, would currently rank as JMU’s career GAA record holder... ninth in career save percentage and 10th in career minutes in goal


As a freshman: Member of U.S. Field Hockey U-21 Futures Team... VaSID Second Team All-State... CAA All-Tournament team... www.womensfieldhockey.com National Rookie of the Week Nov. 6... NFHCA National Academic Squad... CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award... JMU President’s List Fall '06, Spring '07... earned the starting keeper job in the ninth match of the season... played over 75% of the team’s minutes in goal... recorded four shutouts and combined on 10 total... made four saves in the second half against Michigan State... had five saves in 1-0 loss to Old Dominion... had 32 of her 58 saves in the final four matches of the season... stopped five shots against Northeastern to help JMU clinch the CAA second seed... halted seven Hofstra shots in a 1-0 shutout in the CAA semifinals... made a career-high 14 saves while facing 23 shots and 21 corners in JMU’s 1-0 CAA championship victory over Old Dominion... had six saves in JMU’s 3-2 overtime loss at Duke in the NCAA first round.


High school and club:  All-state second team as a senior and honorable mention as a junior.  All-Eastern Region as a sophomore, junior and senior.  Southeastern District Player of the Year as a senior.  Four-time All-Southeastern District.  Lakeland retired her jersey.  Lakeland was Southeastern District champion and tournament champion 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.  Member of Junior Olympics silver-medal team as a junior and also participated in Junior Olympics as a sophomore.  2006 U.S. Development Team, 2005-06 and 2006-07 U.S. Under-21 National Team member, 2005 U.S. Junior World Cup Team alternate and 2004 U.S. Under-16 National Team alternate.  Participated in the U.S. Field Hockey Assocation’s B camp 2005.  Also lettered four years in soccer and two years in cross country.  Soccer team's MVP as a freshman, junior and senior and all-district honorable mention in soccer as a junior.  Co-valedictorian of her class.  Norfolk Virginian-Pilot scholastic team. 


Personal:  Kelsey Cutchins.  Younger sister, Lindsay, is a freshman on the JMU field hockey team.  Her grandfather, J.E. Crenshaw, was a catcher with the Plymouth Yankees, winners of the European theater of Operation World Series 1943.  Her great uncle, Dr. E.C. Cutchins, held a Ph.D. in microbiology and worked on the measles vaccine in the late 1950s.














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2009 Sr. 20-20 1442:19 121 .796 31 1.50 3/3











Getting to know Kelsey...


Why did you choose JMU?

The academic support offered to athletes was fantastic.


What are your goals for this year?

To excel in academics, field hockey, and maintain strong relationships with my fellow students...and win the JMU inner tube water polo championship!


What is your major/minor and why did you choose it?

I am majoring in Psychology because the really nice lady in Career Services who was very helpful and insightful was a PSYC major. I decided if I could be like her and help students like me find their individual paths, I'd be successful. I also have a Geography minor- that's just a lot of fun.


What are your favorite things to do off the field?

I visit all of my friends at the Virginia Military Institute as often as I can!


What is your favorite field hockey moment?

When we beat Penn State in double overtime and strokes. No game should ever be allowed to last that long.


What is the best class you have taken at JMU?

I love to learn so I have found something that I liked about all of my classes at JMU. I have only ever disliked one class- PSYC 211, Research Methods. Ugh.


Where is your favorite place you have visited and where would you like to visit?

My favorite place that I have visited is Southern California and the place I most want to visit is Antarctica because I want to travel to all 7 continents and I think that one is the hardest to get to.


What is something that most people do not know about you?

Last semester I went an entire month without buying gas or groceries.


What do you want to do after college?

I am definitely going to Graduate school to get my Master's and have a slight desire to get my doctorate.


What is your most prized possession?

My book, The Worst Case Scenario Extreme Edition. I keep it in my book bag at all times. You never know what could happen.


Where is your favorite place to eat on the campus of JMU?

Madison Grill- they have the best spinach and artichoke dip.


Do you have any unique talents?

I think I have especially intuitive moments at times. Other people disagree.


What is the best advice you have received?

Don't burn your bridges; you'll never know when you need to cross them again.


What advice would you give a prospective recruit?

You will find aspects of every school that you like and dislike. It's hard to make a totally wrong choice; however you can make choices that suit your personality more than others. Make your decision on what is most important to you and try not to second guess it.


Who or what is your favorite...

Food? Sunrise Sunset Smoothie

TV show? Jon and Kate Plus 8

Movie? Lord of the Rings

Book? Harry Potter

Athlete? Jessie Dawson