CHANDLER, Ariz. – Three members of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team have been named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American Team, it was announced on Monday. Two players also appeared on the Synapse Sports Division II All-American squads, while one freshman appeared on the All-American All-Rookie Team.
Elizabeth Alie earned All-American First Team honors, becoming the first player in program history to earn that distinction while also becoming the first player to be a two-time All-American after a Second Team nod last season. Katherine Sears and Erin Collins were also named All-Americans, both earning spots on the Second Team. Alie was also named to the Synapse Sports All-American First Team, while Collins was named to the Second Team. Freshman Hannah Friend was named to the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team,
Alie, the Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year, helped anchor a defensive back line that finished sixth in the country and second in the NE-10 in goals against average (1.02). Alie leaves the program having started all 75 games she has played in while helping the team improve from giving up 2.60 goals per game her freshman year, to the program-best 1.02 GAA the Hawks posted this season.
Earning All-American status for the first time this season is senior goalkeeper Katherine Sears, the NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year. Sears backstopped the Hawks to 17 wins this season while posting a career-best 1.05 GAA to go with 97 saves, a .808 save percentage and five shutouts in 1,536:50 minutes. Sears ranked second in the NE-10 and sixth in the nation in GAA, while she placed sixth in the league in saves and fourth in save percentage.
Erin Collins, an NE-10 Second Team choice, did a little bit of everything this season as she was a member of the second stingiest defense in the NE-10, while also registering 12 points on four goals and four assists to go with three defensive saves. Collins recorded a point in eight different games this season, including the game-winning goal of a 2-1 win over Southern New Hampshire University on Sept. 21.
For the third straight season, the Hawks had a player named to the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team as Hannah Friend joined Brooke Haskell (2015), Erin Collins (2014) and Allia Connolly (2014) to earn the honor. Friend finished second on the team with 16 points as she tied for the team-lead in goals scored (7) and added a pair of assists. Two of Friend's goals were game-winners as she netted the deciding goal in a 4-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas (Sept. 24) and a 3-0 win over Bentley (Oct. 5).
In 2016, the field hockey program achieved many firsts as they captured their first NE-10 Regular Season Championship, while playing in their first NE-10 Championship game. The Hawks also qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time, picking up the program's first NCAA win and advancing to the NCAA National Semifinals for the first time ever.
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