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Tiffany Snow Named Field Hockey CAA Player Of The Year

November 09, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 9, 2002

NORFOLK, VA - Old Dominion senior midfielder Tiffany Snow (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual), the conference's leading goal-scorer and second-leading point-scorer, was named 2002 Colonial Athletic Association Field Hockey Player of the Year in a vote by CAA field hockey head coaches. CAA awards were handed out at the pre-championship banquet in Norfolk, Va., where semifinal play will begin on Saturday.

In addition to Snow, Old Dominion head coach Beth Anders was named CAA Coach of the Year for leading her squad to a #1 national ranking according to the most recent NFHCA poll released on Tuesday. James Madison, the #10 team in the country, took the other two major honors. Senior back Ryan Shean (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) was selected as Defensive Player of the Year. Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Lori Amico (New Holland, Pa./Garden Spot) earned Rookie of the Year honors.

Snow was instrumental in leading the Lady Monarchs to a 17-3 record and a perfect 7-0 slate in the CAA. For the season she scored 24 goals and had 13 assists in 20 games to accumulate 61 points. She ranks third nationally in points scored, second in goals scored, and 10th in total assists. She was the CAA's leading goal-scorer for the second straight season. This is the seventh consecutive year that an Old Dominion player has been honored as CAA Player of the Year.

Anders earned her seventh CAA Coach of the Year award. Under her direction, the #1 Lady Monarchs have not lost a match against a CAA opponent since the CAA championship game in 1995. Her 2002 squad averaged 13.80 points per game, nearly doubling the next closest CAA team. ODU also shared the CAA lead with seven shutouts registered this season, and their goalkeepers combined to lead the CAA with a 1.22 goals against average. The Lady Monarchs lead the nation with a 3.86 average margin of victory, which tops next-best Michigan State by 0.83. Shean is wrapping up a strong career in the backfield at JMU. During her four years, Shean has started all but two games. Her defensive efforts have helped the Dukes to a 13-7 record overall. She earned first-team All-CAA honors this year after being named to the second-team in her junior season.

Amico has posted several strong outings in goal for the Dukes this season. Her most impressive showing came in the second and third games of the season when senior starter Kiernan Raffo went down with an injury. Amico played the final 60 minutes against #12 Duke in a 3-2 JMU victory. The next day she started and registered a career-best 11 saves in beating current #3 Wake Forest 2-1. Altogether she has played 347 minutes in goal, accumulating a .789 save percentage and 1.61 goals against average.

The All-CAA first-team and second-team were also recognized at the awards banquet. Old Dominion was represented on the first-team by Snow, junior forward Angie Loy (Loysville, Pa./West Perry), and junior back Melissa Leonetti (Erdenheim, Pa./Springfield Township). Joining Shean from James Madison were sophomore forward Veerle Goudswaard (Houten, The Netherlands/St. Bonifatius) and junior forward/midfielder Janelle Perlis (Hunlock Creek, Pa./Lake-Lehman). William & Mary had two players on the first-team in senior forward Ann Ekberg (Virginia Beach, Va./Tallwood) and senior goalkeeper Claire Miller (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox). Delaware placed sophomore midfielder Erica LaBar (New Castle, Del./William Penn) and senior back Kim Wagaman (Oley, Pa./Oley Valley) on the first-team. The final spot went to junior forward Tricia-Ann Greaves (St. Thomas, Barbados/Combermere Secondary) of Hofstra.


(Selected by CAA Field Hockey Coaches)

First Team
Name, School
Tiffany Snow, Old Dominion*
Angie Loy, Old Dominion *
Ann Ekberg, William & Mary#
Ryan Shean, James Madison#
Melissa Leonetti, Old Dominion#
Janelle Perlis, James Madison#
Kim Wagaman, Delaware
Veerle Goudswaard, James Madison
Erica LaBar, Delaware
Tricia-Ann Greaves, Hofstra
Claire Miller, William & Mary*

Second Team Name, School Tavris Parker, Virginia Commonwealth* Kristina Backenstose, Drexel Kristen Southerland, William & Mary# Sarah Perkins, Towson Sr. Lotte Bant, Old Dominion So. MF Leah Geib, Delaware So. Julie Lambi, Towson So. Lauren Sparrow, Virginia Commonwealth Tara Hermann, Old Dominion Sr. Marybeth Freeman, Old Dominion*

2002 CAA Player of the Year: Tiffany Snow, Old Dominion 2002 CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Shean, James Madison 2002 CAA Rookie of the Year: Lori Amico, James Madison 2002 CAA Coach of the Year: Beth Anders, Old Dominion

* denotes All-CAA first team in 2001 # denotes All-CAA second team in 2001