PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The BIG EAST Conference released its All-BIG EAST selections and major post-season awards for field hockey on Thursday, Nov. 2. Providence College was well-represented among the list of honorees. Defender Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland) was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST First Team. Senior midfielder Megan Hamilton (Warrington, Pa.) also was tabbed as a unanimous All-BIG EAST First-Team selection, while senior goalkeeper Megan Guilbert (Morganville, N.J.) and junior defender Corinne Kenney (Warrington, Pa.) took home All-BIG EAST Second Team honors.
Van Weezel started all 18 games for the Friars at left-back as a rookie and also is a part of the team’s offensive and defensive corner units. She is just the second freshman in program history to earn All-BIG EAST First-Team accolades, joining former All-American and two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, Rachel Chamberlain ‘10. She also is the second player in program history to earn BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, as former All-American Paula Wagoner ‘98 was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year at the conclusion of the 1997 season. Only three players in program history have been recognized with major post-season BIG EAST awards, and include Cathy Guden ‘94 (Player of the Year - 1993), Paula Wagoner ‘98 (Offensive Player of the Year - 1997; Rookie of the Year - 1994) and Rachel Chamberlain ‘10 (Goalkeeper of the Year - 2006, 2007).
Van Weezel led the Friars in scoring during the regular season with 13 points on four goals and a team-best five assists. Two of her four goals were game winners, including the winning tally to defeat BIG EAST foe Georgetown, 4-3, on Oct. 13. Van Weezel also leads the team in defensive saves, with two. During the regular season, van Weezel earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors three times (Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16).
Hamilton earned All-BIG EAST First-Team honors for the second-consecutive season (2016, 2017), and previously had been named to the Second Team in 2014 and 2015. She is one of just three players in program history to earn All-BIG EAST recognition all four years of her career, joining Rachel Chamberlain ‘10 and Henni Tietze ‘15. Additionally, she is the 12th player in program history to earn First-Team accolades in multiple season.
She started 17 games for the Friars in the midfield this season and collected six points on three goals. Hamilton also registered one defensive save for the Friars. She enters the weekend ranked 17th all-time on Providence College’s career scoring list with 65 points on 27 goals and 11 assists. Her 27 goals are tied for 14th all-time and her 11 assists are tied for 32nd all-time in program history. Hamilton was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Sept. 4. She also has been selected as an alternate for the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game, which will be played later this month.
Guilbert earned All-BIG EAST honors for the second-straight season, having previously been named the First Team in 2016. She has logged 1,999 minutes in goal this season and owns a 1.87 goals against average and a 0.714 save percentage. Guilbert posted three shut-out victories on the year, including her first against a nationally-ranked opponent when the Friars defeated then-No. 24 Maine, 1-0, on Aug. 25. She ranks second among BIG EAST goalkeepers in goals against average (1.87). Guilbert has earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades a team-best three times (Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2). She also was selected to play in the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game.
Kenney had an impressive year for the Friars after missing all of last season with an injury, and earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in her career as a member of the Second Team. In addition to her role as Providence’s center-back, she also plays a key role in the Friars’ offensive and defensive corner units. She tallied one point this season with an assist in the Friars’ 3-2 victory over cross-city rival Brown on Sept. 2. For her career, she has tallied five points on two goals and one assist.
Providence enters the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship, presented by Jeep, as the No. 4 seed. The Friars will face top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Connecticut in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. The second semifinal of the afternoon will feature No. 2 seed Liberty and No. 3 seed Old Dominion at 4:00 p.m. The winner of each semifinal will advance to the BIG EAST Championship Game, which is slated for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. Providence College will host the tournament at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. and all three games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.
All-BIG EAST First Team^
Amanda Collins, Connecticut, Jr., F/M
Nina Klein, Connecticut, R-Sr., GK
Casey Umstead, Connecticut, Sr., M/B*
Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Sr., F*
Jill Bolton, Liberty, Fr., MF
Ashley Dykema, Liberty, Fr., B
Agueda Moroni, Liberty, So., F*
Danielle Grega, Old Dominion, Sr., MF*
Erin Huffman, Old Dominion, So., F
Megan Hamilton, Providence, Sr., MF*
Manon van Weezel, Providence, Fr., B*
Lauren Belskie, Quinnipiac, Sr., B
^extra player added due to a tie in voting
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Margot van Hecking Colenbrander, Connecticut, Fr., B
Karlie Heistand, Connecticut, Sr., M/B
Anna Farley, Georgetown, Fr., M/B
Allison Schaefer, Liberty, So., GK
Julia van Dorsten, Old Dominion, R-Sr., MF
Megan Guilbert, Providence, Sr., GK
Corinne Kenney, Providence, Jr., B
Elisa Ruiz Martinez, Quinnipiac, Jr., MF
Rachael Mueller, Temple, Sr., F
Fresca Bello, Villanova, Sr., F
Erika Miller, Villanova, Jr., GK
Offensive Player of the Year
Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Sr., F
Defensive Player of the Year
Casey Umstead, Connecticut, Sr., M/B*
Freshman of the Year
Manon van Weezel, Providence, Fr., B
Coaching Staff of the Year
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