MANCHESTER, N.H. – Seniors Erin Collins and Emma Kincaid of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team were named to Synapse Sports All-America teams for their outstanding performances for the Hawks in 2017.
Collins earned First Team All-America recognition while Kincaid picked up Second Team All-America distinction. The duo helped Saint Anselm to its second-straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearance – the Hawks finished the year as the fifth-ranked team in Division II, according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
The Northeast-10 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-Conference selection, Collins was a key cog in the Hawks defense and piloted offensive penalty corners while limiting the opposition to only 1.00 goals against on average to rank second 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 across 20 games played. The winner of NE10 Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 25, she departs tied for first all-time with 78 games played and has potted 14 goals and 12 assists for 40 career points (14-12=40) to tie for 10th all-time in career point scoring.
Collins has helped Saint Anselm to a 30-6 record in regular season NE10 play since becoming a starter in 2015 and was an NFHCA Second Team All-America honoree in 2016. She was named to the Synapse Sports All-America All-Rookie team in 2014 and was a Second Team All-America pick by the organization last season.
Kincaid scored 11 goals and 10 assists for 32 points (11-10=32) as a senior and will graduate as the program's second all-time scorer with 72 points (28-16=72). Tied with Kristina Katsikis '12 for the most goals ever by a Saint Anselm field hockey player (28), Kincaid recorded at least one point in all but five games on the 2017 season.
Ranking eighth in Division II with .50 assists per game, Kincaid helped the Hawks set numerous program records in 2017, including collective point scoring (80-52=212), points per game (10.60), goals (80), goals per game (4.00), assists (52) and goals-against average (1.00).
Kincaid was a Second Team All-NE10 selection in 2015 and earned NE10 Player of the Week honors for the first time this past October.
Collins and Kincaid were participants in the NFHCA Division II Senior All-Star Game last month and helped the Hawks fly to an outstanding 57-21 overall record since 2014. The tandem were a part of Saint Anselm's only two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.