Nov. 7, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The BIG EAST Conference office held its annual championship banquet on Thursday, November 7 and released the league's major award winners and All-BIG EAST Teams for field hockey. Providence College senior Caitlin Malone (Ossining, N.Y.) was honored as a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team. Juniors Henni Tietze (Sankt Augustin, Germany) and Daniella Bernasconi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) were recognized on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
Malone, a center-mid, earned post-season league honors for the second-straight season and garners First-Team honors for the first time in her career. A year ago, Malone was tagged as an All-BIG EAST Second-Team selection. In 2013, Malone finished with five points on one goal and three assists. For her career, Malone ranks tied for 25th all-time at Providence in assists (13) and is tied for 43rd in career scoring, with 33 points on 10 goals and 13 assists. Malone began her career at Providence as a walk-on and steadily developed into one of the premier players in the BIG EAST and the region.
Tietze, the Friars' center-back, earned All-BIG EAST honors for the third-straight season. She was named to the Second Team as a freshman in 2011, and earned First-Team honors last season (2012). Tietze finished the 2013 campaign with eight points on three goals and two assists, and collected one defensive save. Defensively, she helped anchor a defense that allowed just 1.78 goals per game. In three seasons with the Friars, Tietze ranks 30th all-time in scoring at Providence with 45 career points on 18 goals and nine assists. Her 18 goals ranks 25th all-time in program history.
Bernasconi, a forward, earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in her career, after a stellar offensive season. She led the team in scoring with 32 points on 15 goals and two assists. Bernasconi's 15 goals and 32 points are the most by a Friar in a single-season since 2008. That year, two-time All-American Nellie Poulin '10 notched 16 goals and 33 points. With six games remaining on the regular-season schedule, she was ranked No. 1 in the nation in goals per game, according to the NCAA statistical report. Bernasconi finished the season tied for 14th in the nation in goals per game (0.83). She also ranked sixth in the BIG EAST Conference in points (32), fourth in goals (16) and sixth in points per game (1.78). After three seasons, Bernasconi ranks 26th on the Friars' all-time scoring list with 50 points on 24 goals and two assists. Her 24 goals rank 24th all-time at Providence.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Rosario Villagra - Old Dominion University
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Christy Longacre - Old Dominion University
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
Shannon Sloss - University of Louisville
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Old Dominion University
All-BIG EAST First Team^
Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, GK
*Christy Longacre, Old Dominion, B
Alyssa Voelmle, Louisville, B
*Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion, MF
*Roisin Upton, Connecticut, MF
*Rosario Villagra, Old Dominion, F
Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F
Amber Youtz, Temple, At-Large
Erin Schneidtmiller, Louisville, At-Large
MarieElena Bolles, Connecticut, At-Large
Caitlin Malone, Providence, At-Large
Anna Jeute, Connecticut, At-Large
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Liz Millen, Temple, GK
Maddy Harding, Villanova, B
Sophia Walia, Rutgers, B
Sarah Breen, Old Dominion, MF
Sophie Wright, Rutgers, MF
Molly Doyle, Temple, F
Daniella Bernasconi, Providence, F
Henni Tietze, Providence, At-Large
Elisa Garcia, Louisville, At-Large
Chrissy Davidson, Connecticut, At-Large
Sydney King, Louisville, At-Large
*Denotes unanimous selection
^Due to a tie in the voting, another position was added.