MANSFIELD, Mass. – Saint Anselm College head coach Carolyn King-Robitaille was named the Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year, while Elizabeth Alie and Katherine Sears were named the top players at their positions in the NE-10 All-Conference field hockey release announced on Wednesday.
Alie and Sears were both named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team, while Allia Connolly and Erin Collins garnered Second Team honors. Freshman Hannah Friend also earned a spot on the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.
For the second-straight season, King-Robitaille has guided the Hawks to 15 wins during the regular season while earning the program's first NE-10 Regular Season Championship and the top seed in the NE-10 Tournament. Saint Anselm has also reached as high as #3 in the NFHCA Coaches Polls for the first time in program history.
Elizabeth Alie earned Defender of the Year honors and was placed on the All-NE-10 First Team after starting every game for the Hawks at center back. The center piece to the Saint Anselm defense, Alie helped lead the Hawks to only a 1.03 goals-against average this year after allowing only 19 goals in 18 games. The Hawks have been even better in conference play, surrendering only 12 goals against NE-10 opponents for a 1.00 GAA.
After back-stopping the Hawks to 15 wins and the best goals-against average in program history, Katherine Sears was named the NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year while also earning All-NE-10 First Team honors. Sears currently ranks second in the NE-10 in GAA at 1.07, while allowing only 19 goals in 1,247:39 minutes. Her 78 saves rank 10th in the league, while her .804 save percentage is the sixth-best mark in the conference. Sears registered four shutouts this season, while helping the Hawks blank opponents seven times overall.
For the third-straight year, Erin Collins was honored by the NE-10 after being placed on the All-NE-10 Second Team in back-to-back years while grabbing a spot on the All-Rookie Team her freshman year. Collins finished second on the team in defensive saves this year with three, while also contributing offensively with four goals and three assists for 11 points.
Allia Connolly was named to the Second Team after leading the Hawks with seven goals and four assists for 18 points. Five of Connolly's goals proved to be the game-winner, and she ranked third in the NE-10 in that category. Her 18 points on the year ranked 11th in the NE-10, while she ranked inside the top-20 in goals and assists this season as well.
Rounding out the honors, Hannah Friend was named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team after finishing second on the team in points (16) with seven goals and two assists. Friend was named the NE-10 Rookie of the Week twice this season (Sept. 26 and Oct. 10) and joins Elizabeth Alie, Allia Connolly, Erin Collins and Brooke Haskell as current Hawks to earn All-Rookie honors.
The top-seeded Hawks will host No. 5-seed Merrimack in the NE-10 Semifinals on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. Saint Anselm will be looking to avenge a 4-1 setback to the Warriors in the regular season finale last Saturday.
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