MANSFIELD, Mass. – The nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey program was well-represented on the All-Conference Awards list revealed on Wednesday by the Northeast-10 Conference.
Senior Anna Drakeley (Woodbury, Conn.) was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year with junior Julia Hand (Reading, Mass.) earning NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year merits. Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille was also named the NE10 Coach of the Year for the third time in her Hawks career.
Drakeley, Hand and senior Hannah Friend (North Easton, Mass.) earned placement on the First Team All-Conference list with senior Kaeleigh Lord (Keene, N.H.) and sophomore Carly LaCasse (Sagamore Beach, Mass.) locking down Second Team All-NE10 honors. Freshman Maeve Murphy (Scituate, Mass.) picked up a spot on the conference's All-Rookie Team.
The six student-athletes and Coach King-Robitaille are in the midst of a spectacular season. Saint Anselm features a 17-2 overall record after winning the team's third NE10 Regular Season Championship in the last four years. The Hawks are currently ranked third in NCAA Division II, matching its highest national ranking in program history.
The Hawks have conceded only four goals all season, outscoring their opponents by a 63-to-4 margin while winning all 17 of its games to date via shutout. Against NE10 foes, Saint Anselm has allowed only one goal all season and heads deeper into the NE10 postseason as the top-ranked team in the East Region, according to the official NCAA Division II rankings.
King-Robitaille has guided Saint Anselm to 100 victories across an outstanding eight-season career that began in 2012. Prior to her joining the Hawks, Saint Anselm was a combined 49-139 (.261) since the team's debut as a varsity offering in 2001. She currently owns an overall record of 101-53 (.656) in 154 career games on the sidelines.
Entering her team's next game this Friday, the Hawks lead all of NCAA Division II in team goals-against average (0.21), save percentage (0.875) and shutouts per game (0.89). The team's winning percentage (0.895) and scoring margin (3.11) are second nationally and the Hawks number of assists per game (2.05) and scoring average (3.32) rank third in the country.
After missing the entire 2018 season due to injury, Drakeley has guided a defensive unit that has conceded only four goals all season and allowed only 32 opposing shots on net. Offensively, she posted her lone assist at New Haven on Sept. 28, setting up the game-winning goal, and her work on penalty corners has allowed Saint Anselm to post 17 shutouts on the season.
Drakeley has earned National Defensive Player of the Week from both the NFHCA and Synapse Sports and is a two-time NE10 Defensive Player of the Week selection. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Hawks have had three student-athletes earn Defensive Player of the Year honors from the NE10 (Elizabeth Alie '17, Erin Collins '18).
Hand owns a goals-against average of 0.19 and a save percentage of 0.875, leading all of NCAA Division II and the Northeast-10 Conference in both statistics. She has logged four saves in a game on four occasions, earning three clean sheets in those contests. In 55 games played for Saint Anselm, Hand owns a 43-12 record (.782) and has logged 20 shutouts which stands as a program record.
Hand's 43 career wins in goal for Saint Anselm are tied for the all-time record - Katherine Sears '17 recorded a record of 43-24 from 2013-16. Hand's career goals-against average of 0.89 is tops among all-time Hawks backstops and her 133 career saves stands as the sixth-most in team history.
Friend ranks among the leaders in the NE10 with 1.53 points per game as a senior, averaging 0.47 assists per game as a senior to rank eighth in NCAA Division II. As a senior, she notched 10 goals and nine assists for 29 points (10-9=29) and registered two goals and an assist for five points (2-1=5) against Saint Thomas Aquinas on Saturday, becoming the first student-athlete in team history to reach 100 career points.
Earning First Team All-NE10 for the first time in 2019, Friend is the program's all-time career leader in points per game (1.22), goals (37), assists (26) and assists per game (0.32). She has seen action in 83 career games for the Hawks, matching the all-time program record set by Brooke Haskell '19.
Like Drakeley, Lord is a key cog in the Hawks defensive unit. Since transferring from NCAA Division I Sacred Heart prior to the 2017 season, Lord has helped Saint Anselm to three of the top five goals-against averages in single-season team history. Offensively, she has chipped in with four assists and has won NE10 Defensive Player of the Week honors three times in her Hawks career.
Alongside Friend and Drakeley, Lord will participate in the NFHCA Division II Senior Game to be played on Saturday, Nov. 23 on the campus of Millersville University. In her 73-game collegiate career, Lord has logged five defensive saves, the most by any student-athlete currently on the Hawks roster. She was a Second Team All-NE10 pick last year as well.
LaCasse has scored 12 goals and four assists for 28 points (12-4=28) as a sophomore, ranking second on the roster. She has recorded six game-winning goals for Saint Anselm, setting the team's single-season record – her goal against Franklin Pierce in the season-opener was the difference in a 1-0 victory and her game-opening tally against nationally-ranked Southern N.H. on Oct. 1 keyed a 2-0 win.
She is tied for ninth all-time with 46 career points (20-6=46), equaling Colleen Sears '16 and her totals of 19 goals and eight assists (19-8=46). LaCasse has cracked the program's top-10 list for career scoring, doing so in only her sophomore season. The 2018 NE10 All-Rookie Team pick is ranked eighth in the NE10 with 0.63 goals per game and is ninth in the league with 1.53 points per contest.
Murphy has seen action in all 19 games as a freshman, making her collegiate debut at Franklin Pierce on Sept. 5. She logged her first collegiate goal at New Haven on Sept. 28 and added markers against Southern Conn. St. and St. Thomas Aquinas. Murphy is the fifth student-athlete in the last three seasons from Saint Anselm to earn placement on the league's All-Rookie roster.
The Hawks will battle Assumption this Friday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. in an NE10 Semifinals game to be played at Grappone Stadium. The winner of that contest will punch a ticket to the league's championship game to be played on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.