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DeHerde, Anthony Highlight All-SAA Field Hockey Selections
ATLANTA (CentreColonels.com) – The Southern Athletic Association released its All-Conference squads for the 2016 field hockey season and Centre was well represented, with five Colonels making the various squads, highlighted by Defensive Player of the Year Nicole DeHerde (Hope, N.J.) and Coach of the Year Jenelle Anthony.
DeHerde started 17 of 18 games and anchored one of the staunchest defenses in the SAA while also tallying three goals and two assists for the Colonels. DeHerde earned SAA Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 24, the sixth such award given to DeHerde in her collegiate career. DeHerde was also named to the 2016 Victory Sports/NFHCA Division III Senior Game, which will be held on Nov. 19 at William Smith College.
Joining DeHerde on the First Team All-SAA squad were senior Kathryn Hardesty (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Hayley Barker (Louisville, Ky.) Hardesty made her first All-SAA First Team for her senior campaign, teaming with DeHerde to help form one of Centre's toughest defensive units ever. Hardesty also recorded one goal and tied for a team high with six assists on the year, and was also the SAA Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 17. Barker was the top goal scorer in the conference for her junior year, leading the SAA with 19 goals and 42 total points on the year. Barker recorded four hat tricks on the year for the Colonels, all in dominant Centre victories. Six of Barker's 19 goals on the year were game winners.
The Colonels also had two players make the All-SAA Second Team squad. Senior Ceci Vollbrecht (Vienna, Va.) started 17 of 18 games on the year and finished with two goals and one assist, including what proved to be the game winner in Centre's 3-1 victory at Sewanee on Oct. 8. Vollbrecht was joined on the All-SAA Second Team by junior Brooklyn Bell (Louisville, Ky.), who finished second on the team and third in the conference with 11 goals during her junior season. Bell finished with 24 points for the year with two game-winning goals, and earned SAA Offensive Player of the Week honors for scoring four goals in the opening weekend of the season, including a hat trick at Kenyon on Sept. 3.
Head coach Jenelle Anthony guided the Colonels to a 14-4 overall record, withstanding an early season three-match losing streak to win a program record 12 contests in a row before falling to Rhodes in the conference title game. During the 12 consecutive wins, Centre outscored opponents 51-4.