UAlbany Field Hockey Brings Home Three Major America East Conference Awards

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Kristi Troch earned her third straight America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year award, while Daphne Voormolen was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Laura Page earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors, as announced by the America East office on Wednesday afternoon. The Great Danes had six total members on the league's all-conference teams, and four student-athletes also earned All-Academic Team honors.

Voormolen, who has 10 goals and three assists, ranks fourth among league leaders in goals, and is sixth in total points with 23, tied with her Co-Player of the Year, Annabelle Hamilton of Maine. Voormolen, a second-team all-conference selection last year, has nine scores in her last 11 games and is UAlbany’s first Offensive Player of the Year since current assistant coach Michelle Simpson, who earned the title in 2006. A business administration and public health major, Voormolen was also named to the All-Academic Team with a 3.53 grade point average.

Troch split Goalkeeper of the Year honors with Boston U.'s Jess Maroney, after leading the league in goals-against average and save percentage, respectively. Troch, who earned the honor for the third straight year, is the first America East field hockey player to win a major award in three straight seasons. She recorded a league-best 1.17 GAA, which also ranks ninth nationally, and five shutouts. Troch was also named to the All-Academic Team, posting a 3.62 GPA in human biology.

Page and  Maine's Cassidy Svetek ranked among league leaders in goals and assists, to earn Co-Rookie of the Year honors. Page is second among league leaders with 14 assists and ranks ninth nationally with 0.76 assists per game. She has a goal and six assists in her last four games. She becomes the Great Danes’ second Rookie of the Year in the last three seasons.

Also representing UAlbany on the all-conference first team along with Voormolen and Troch are graduate student Jessica Longstreth and junior Corrine McConville. Both were unanimous selections by the America East coaches after leading UAlbany in scoring. Longstreth and McConville rank third and fourth, respectively, in the league with 28 and 26 total points. Longstreth, who won back-to-back player of the week honors this season, leads the conference with 14 assists, while McConville is fourth among goal scorers with 10.

Senior defender Taylor Luke earns her fourth all-conference award as UAlbany's lone member of the All-Conference Second Team. Luke, who has established herself as one of the best defenders in program history, was also named to the All-Academic Team with a 3.60 GPA in human biology.

Freshman Fiori van Rijswijk also joined Page on the All-Rookie Team after starting 11 of 14 games and scoring one goal. Senior Brianna Schwoyer, another key member of the UAlbany defense, also earned All-Academic Honors, finishing with a 3.97 GPA as a human biology major.

UAlbany, which earned the second seed in the upcoming America East Conference Championship Tournament, will take on third-ranked Maine on Friday at 5 p.m., in Durham, N.H.



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