NORFOLK, Va. - - The Colonial Athletic Association announced the 2011 All-CAA field hockey team Friday night at its annual tournament banquet and three University of Delaware team members were named as part of the celebration.
Seniors Amanda McCardell (above right)and Noelle Diana (at left), along with freshman Kelsey McKee (below right), were named to the 2011 All-CAA Second Team and McKee was also named to the CAA All-Rookie Team.
Fifth-seeded Delaware finished its season on Thursday with a 2-1 defeat to fourth-seeded James Madison in the CAA Virginia 529 Tournament quarterfinals, closing 2011 with a 9-11 overall record and a 4-4 mark in league play. The Blue Hens won three of their final four conference games to earn a spot in the tournament.
It is the second time McCardell was named to an All-CAA team in her career as she was also a second team member in 2009. It is the first postseason accolades for both Diana and McKee.
McCardell was the focus of the midfield this season for the Hens as she started in all 20 games. She scored five goals and added three assists for 13 points, including her first career two-goal game against Drexel.
Diana was the final backstop for the Delaware defense, starting all 20 games in goal. She recorded 122 saves in over 1,300 minutes while allowing only 52 goals. Diana picked up two more shutouts this season, making it seven for her career.
From the center back position, McKee scored a team-high nine goals and added six assists for 24 points. McKee was the first freshman since Melissa Hefner in 1993 to lead the team in goals, and scored the most goals in a season for a freshman since Leah Geib scored 10 goals in 2001.
Top seeded Old Dominion swept the top awards for the night as Emma Batten was named the 2011 CAA Player of the Year. Stephanie Kratzer earned the 2011 CAA Defensive Player of the Year ward while Kelsey Smither took home the CAA Rookie of the Year award. Monarchs head coach Beth Anders was selected as CAA Coach of the Year for the 11th time in her career.
2011 All-CAA Field Hockey Team
First Team: Emma Batten, ODU; Katie DeFilippo, Towson;Amanda Fleischut, Drexel; Genna Kover, Hofstra; Stephanie Kratzer, ODU; Crystal Poland, Northeastern; Kelsey Scherrer, VCU; Kelsey Smither, ODU; Jenna Taylor, James Madison; Leah Zamesnik, William & Mary; Lizzie Priest, Northeastern.
Second Team: Pam Aldridge, Northeastern; Monica Baick,Drexel; Kaela Barker, Northeastern; Krizia Layne, Hofstra; Amy Lee Levey, hofstra; Amanda McCardell, Delaware; Kelsey McKee, Delaware; Katie Nearhouse, ODU; Sofia Sanguinetti, Drexel, Maartje van Rijswijk, ODU; Noelle Diana, Delaware; Devon Seifert, ODU.
All-Rookie Team: Jonel Boileau, Hofstra; Emma Clifton,William & Mary; Kendell Combs, VCU; Christina Conrad, Drexel; Jesse Ebner, William & Mary; Kelsey McKee, Delaware; Marta Penas, Hofstra; Meghan Plank, Drexel; Kelsey Smither, ODU; Lydia Velzian, ODU; Taylor West, James Madison.
Player of the Year: Emma Batten, ODU
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephanie Kratzer, ODU
Rookie of the Year: Kelsey Smither, ODU
Coach of the Year: Beth Anders, ODU