Three Lady Monarchs Named to Preseason All-CAA Field Hockey Team

August 22, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Aug. 22, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. – The No. 3 Old Dominion University field hockey team had three players named to the 2012 Preseason All-CAA Field Hockey team as voted on by the league’s head coaches it was announced on Wednesday.

Old Dominion had a league-high three players on the preseason All-CAA squad as junior Kati Nearhouse, senior Maartje van Rijswijk and sophomore Kelsey Smither were selected. Representing Hofstra were sophomore Jonel Boileau and senior Krizia Layne, while Drexel had sophomore Christina Conrad and senior Amanda Fleischut named to the team. James Madison senior Jenna Taylor and redshirt freshman Taylor West earned spots on the squad while Northeastern’s senior Crystal Poland was selected as preseason CAA Player of the Year and was joined by senior teammate Lizzie Priest. Rounding out the preseason team was Delaware sophomore Kelsey McKee and William & Mary senior Leah Zamesnik.

van Rijswijk contributed nine goals and 10 assists to earn second team All-CAA honors. Smither garnered 2011 National and CAA Rookie of the Year honors after leading ODU with 13 assists while collecting 21 points. Nearhouse, an NFHCA second team All-American, recorded eight goals and five assists as ODU advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Last week, the two-time defending CAA champions and winners of 15 CAA titles received six first-place votes and 48 points to earn the top spot in the preseason CAA poll.

ODU begins their 2012 campaign on Friday when they travel to No. 9 Penn State at 5 p.m. The Lady Monarchs then visit No. 25 American on Sunday in Washington, D.C. at 1 p.m.

2012 PRESEASON ALL-CAA FIELD HOCKEY TEAM

Player, School

Pos.

Cl.

Hometown

Jonel Boileau, Hofstra

F

So.

Kelowna, BC

Christina Conrad, Drexel

F

So.

Fallston, Md.

Amanda Fleischut, Drexel

M

Sr.

Doylestown, Pa.

Krizia Layne, Hofstra

F

Sr.

Arima, Trinidad

Kelsey McKee, Delaware

B

So.

Gap, Pa.

Kati Nearhouse, Old Dominion

F

Jr.

Nanticoke, Pa.

Crystal Poland, Northeastern

F

Sr.

Crofton, BC

Lizzie Priest, Northeastern

GK

Sr.

North Vancouver, BC

Maartje van Rijswijk, Old Dominion

F

Sr.

Virginia Beach, Va.

Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion

M/B

So.

Suffolk, Va.

Jenna Taylor, James Madison

M

Sr.

Midlothian, Va.

Taylor West, James Madison

F

RFr.

Princess Anne, Md. 

Leah Zamesnik, William & Mary

M/F

Sr. 

Norfolk, Va.

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention: Emma Clifton, William & Mary; Jesse Ebner, William & Mary; Kasie Nurko, Towson; Marta Penas, Hofstra; Megan Penza, Towson; Meghan Plank, Drexel

2012 Preseason Player of the Year: Crystal Poland, Northeastern