SUWANEE, Ga. – Rhodes College, on the
heels of its third consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic
Conference field hockey tournament championship, was rewarded with
recognition in all four major postseason awards categories. In
exclusive voting by the league’s head field hockey coaches,
Katie Faucher was tabbed as SCAC Offensive Player-of-the-Year,
Regan McLaughlin was selected Defensive Co-Player-of-the-Year, Kat
Simpson was named Co-Newcomer-of-the-Year and Lynx head coach Jane
Wells was honored as Co-Coach-of-the-Year.
Also earning major award recognition was Jennifer Bohnert of Centre College, who shares Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors with McLaughlin and Erika Jasso of Hendrix College, who split the vote with Simpson to share Newcomer-of-the-Year honors. Hendrix head coach Ellie Karvoski also received two votes from her peers to share Coach-of-the-Year honors with Wells.
Faucher (pictured left), a junior forward from Jefferson, Mass., scored 15 goals during the season (second in the SCAC), including a goal in each of Rhodes’ SCAC postseason matches. She added four assists during the season for 34 points – currently good for third in the conference. The key to the Lynx’ offensive production and the leader of the league’s most explosive offense, Faucher scored the game-winner in three of Rhodes’ five conference wins this season.
McLaughlin (pictured right), a sophomore defender from Fairfax, Va., and a phenomenal athlete, constantly displayed her ability to play all 70 minutes while running end-line to end-line – a major reason that Rhodes’ goalkeepers did not face a single one-on-one situation during the entire regular season. McLaughlin, who has four defensive saves this season, also shipped in offensively, scoring three goals while assisting on two others for eight points.
Bohnert of Centre (pictured left), a senior sweeper from Louisville, Ky., and a First Team All-Region and All-SCAC selection in 2010, was a key part of a Colonels defense that allowed an average of 2.05 goals per game on the way to an 11-8 overall record in the regular season and a 3-3 mark in the SCAC. Just this past week, Bohnert was selected by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association to participate in its 2011 Division III Senior Game, the only SCAC senior to be so honored.
Rhodes’ Simpson (pictured right), a first-year forward from St. Louis, Mo., made an immediate impact for the Lynx, finishing third in the conference in goals scored (13) while leading the league in assists (10). An explosive player and one of the fastest in all of Division III with the ball on her stick, Simpson’s 36 points ties for league-high honors with the player she is sharing the Newcomer award with, Erika Jasso of Hendrix.
Hendrix’s Jasso (pictured left), a first-year forward from Oceanside, Calif., led the SCAC and broke the school record with 36 points and 16 goals scored. Jasso used her speed, agility, and quick shot to score multiple goals per game and was the offensive catalyst for a squad that set single-season school records for points (117), goals (43), shots (244), shots on goal (173) and wins (10). In addition, her aggressive defensive led to several crucial turnovers for opponents.
Jane Wells (pictured right) led Rhodes to an 11-6 overall mark and a 7-1 conference record and the team’s third consecutive SCAC championship with Sunday’s 4-0 shutout of Centre College in the title game. In seven years at the helm of the Lynx, Wells sports an overall mark of 81-44 (41-11 in SCAC play) and is the winningest coach in the history of the conference. On Monday, the Lynx received an at-large berth into the 2011 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament, the team’s second consecutive appearance in the event.
Ellie Karvosk (pictured left) led her Hendrix squad to a 10-5 overall mark (3-3 in the SCAC), the best in program history, as the Warriors set school records for points (117), goals (43), shots (244), shots on goal (173) and wins (10). Despite falling to Centre in the SCAC semifinals, Hendrix did pick up its first-ever win against the Colonels during the regular season and its three conference wins equaled the program’s total since field hockey achieved varsity status on campus in 2007.
To view the complete 2011 All-SCAC Field Hockey release, click here.
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