King Robitaille, Collins headline NE10 All-Conference announcement

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Senior Erin Collins and Head Coach Carolyn King Robitaille of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team collected major awards in Tuesday's Northeast-10 Conference Field Hockey All-Conference announcement.

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Collins was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year while King Robitaille claimed the league's Coach of the Year for the second-straight season, piloting the Hawks (17-1, 11-1 NE10) to the NE10 Regular Season Championship. Saint Anselm has made the postseason for the third-straight season in 2017, all under King Robitaille's tutelage.

Collins also secured First Team All-Conference honors, joining classmates Emma Kincaid and Mia Vecchione on the conference's top squad. Sophomore Hannah Friend was named All-NE10 Second Team and freshmen Kendall Clifford and Julia Hand earned placement on the All-Rookie Team.

The second-straight Defensive Player of the Year award winner from Saint Anselm (Elizabeth Alie '17), Collins was a key cog in the Hawks defense, limiting the opposition to only 0.99 goals against on average to rank fourth among NCAA Division II programs. Offensively, Collins racked up a career-best six goals and four assists for 16 points (6-4=16) and scored three game-winning goals.

Tied with Vecchione for the program record with 76 games played, Collins has scored 14 career goals and 12 assists for 40 points of offense (14-12=40) and has helped Saint Anselm to a 30-6 record versus NE10 opponents since the 2015 season. A 2016 NFHCA All-America selection, Collins earns First Team All-Conference after back-to-back Second Team selections in 2015 and 2016.

In her sixth season on the Hilltop, King Robitaille has directed Saint Anselm to a dominant 57-19 overall record since the start of the 2014 campaign. In 2017, the Hawks have shattered single-season program records in combined point scoring (78-50=206), points per game (11.44), goals (78), goals per game (4.33) and assists (50). Saint Anselm also equaled a program record by ranking third in NCAA Division II on two separate occasions this season.

Kincaid has set a career-high mark with 32 points of offense as a senior, scoring 11 goals and 10 assists while recently earning NFHCA Offensive Player of the Week and NE10 Player of the Week honors. She enters Friday's NE10 semifinal game with at least two points in each of her last seven games and ultimately has racked up at least one point in her last nine games (7-6=20).

Across 73 career games played, Kincaid has scored 28 goals and 16 assists for 72 points (28-16=72) to place her only two points behind the all-time mark of 74 points (28-18=74) set by Kristina Katsikis '13 from 2009-12. She needs only one goal to set the team record and her 16 assists are two away from tying the program's top mark.

Vecchione leads the Hawks with four game-winning goals and ranks third overall with a career-high nine markers on the season. A key cog in the Saint Anselm offense, Vecchione has registered at least one point of offense in all but five games in 2017 and scored two goals and an assist for five points in back-to-back contests on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Her game-winning goal in overtime versus No. 8-ranked Pace on Sept. 23 helped Saint Anselm maintain its best start in program history (7-0) that grew to 10-straight victories. She needs only one more assist to set the all-time program record in assists – she is currently tied with Katsikis and Meagan Halligan '16 with 18.

Friend earned Second Team recognition by leading her team with 21 points of offense (9-3=21) against NE10 foes, scoring nine goals and three assists. Overall on the season, she notched a team-best 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points (12-7=31) and currently ranks 13th nationally in points per game (1.72).

Needing only one assist on Friday to double her point scoring total from one season ago, Friend already ranks seventh all-time in point scoring (19-9=47) through only 40 career games played. She set a team record with seven points against St. Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 18, notching three goals and an assist for seven points (3-1=7).

Clifford led all Saint Anselm freshmen in 2017 by scoring three goals and as many assists for nine points (3-3=9). Making 16 appearances in a reserve role, Clifford has boosted a midfield that has scored more than four goals per game on eight occasions and has blanked its opponents in eight games as well.

Hand backstopped her squad in 15 games, yielding only 15 goals en route to a 13-1 record. Only 2:39 shy of 1,000 minutes played in goal, Hand made a career-high seven saves against Merrimack (Oct. 4) and Assumption (Oct. 10) and ranks fifth nationally and second in the NE10 with a 1.05 goals-against average.