DiGiacomo and Anders Garner VaSID All-State Honors

December 05, 2000
By ODU Athletics
DiGiacomo gets nod as first VaSID Field Hockey Player of the Year, Anders adds State Coach of the Year title to list

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (Dec. 5) --The 2000 NCAA Champion Old Dominion Lady Monarch field hockey team garnered more post-season recognition Tuesday as senior midfieler Marina DiGiacomo (Mendoza, Argentina) and head coach Beth Anders were named the VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors) State Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Along with DiGiacomo, the Lady Monarchs placed two other players on the team as junior back Adrienne Yoder (Coopersburg, Pa.) and sophomore forward Marjolijn van der Sommen (Leiden, Netherlands) were also selected. Virginia led all schools with four selections. James Madison had two honorees while William & Mary and Richmond both placed one player on the squad.

DiGiacomo, a Honda Award hopeful and two-time AstroTurf/NFHCA All-American, led the Lady Monarchs to the national championship by setting NCAA records in all-time scoring for both a career (414 points on 167 goals and 80 assists) and a single season (151 points on 63 goals and 25 assists).

DiGiacomo became the first person in collegiate field hockey history to surpass the 400-point plateau for a career, which she did in this year's NCAA quarterfinal contest against Connecticut. DiGiacomo also set records for both career and single-season scoring in the NCAA tournament. She is the only person in collegiate field hockey history to rank in the top three in all-time categories for points, goals and assists.

Anders is the winningest field hockey coach at the Division I level and won her unprecedented ninth Division I title in 2000. In 19 years of coaching, she has collected a record of 390-55-7. She has been named CAA Coach of the Year six times, including this past season.

The 2000 VaSID All-State team is as follows:

Kathy DeJong, William & Mary; Whitney Diebolt, James Madison; Marina DiGiacomo, Old Dominion; Carrie Goodloe, Virginia; Heather Rice, Richmond; Julia Richardson, Virginia; Liz Sanders, James Madison; Marjolijn van der Sommen, Old Dominion; Lorraine Vizzuso, Virginia; Becky Worthington, Virginia; Adrienne Yoder, Old Dominion.

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