Seven Black Bears Named to Field Hockey All-Conference Teams
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Seven University of Maine field hockey standouts have been selected to their perspective America East All-Conference teams, as announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon. Highlighting the selections were Annabelle Hamilton (North Vancouver, British Columbia) who was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year and freshman forward Cassidy Svetek (Burlington, Ontario) who was honored as Co-Rookie of the Year.
Along with being named Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Hamilton was also an unanimous selection to the All-America East first team. Joining her on the first team was senior captain Zoe Adkins (Coquitlam, British Columbia). Sophomores Zoe Berkey (Duncan, British Columbia) and Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) represented the Black Bears on both the America East second team and the All-Academic team. Nicole Sevey (Skowhegan, Maine) and Svetek were named unanimous selections to the America East All-Rookie squad while Elke Jacobse (Badhoevedorp, Netherlands) was also an All-Rookie selection.
Hamilton led the Black Bears in scoring with nine goals and five assists for 23 points, including a team-high four game-winning goals while adding one defensive save. The sophomore midfielder ranked tied for sixth in the league with 23 total points, tied for fifth in total goals (9) and finished tied for eighth in assists (8). Hamilton's constant offensive pressure kept defenses on its toes as she led the league in shots with 93, averaging 5.17 shots per game.
Svetek, a two-time America East Rookie of the Week selection, led all rookies in goals scored with nine and was tied for the rookie league lead with 1.06 points per game. The freshman forward finished the regular season with nine goals for 18 points including a pair of game-winners.
Adkins paced Maine at both ends of the field as she played shutdown defense while providing an offensive punch on penalty corners for the Black Bears. The senior captain finished the season with four goals and one assist for nine points with two game-winners and a pair of defensive saves.
Berkey started all 19 games for the Black Bears while scoring two goals and adding three assists for seven points. Berkey added one game-winner while adding a high-level of effort after playing almost every minute of the 2012 season. A sophomore civil engineering major, Berkey was also named to the All-Academic team, boasting the highest GPA on the America East All-Academic squad at 4.00.
Stewart, who missed four games due to playing in the U-21 World Cup Qualifier, didn't miss a beat as she finished the 2012 regular season with five goals and four assists for 14 points. The sophomore forward ranked tied for 10th in the league as she averaged 1.00 point per game. Stewart, a KPE-Exercise Science major, was also named to the All-Academic team with a 3.97 GPA.
Sevey started all 19 games for the Black Bears, beginning the season at midfielder before switching to back without missing a beat. Sevey is a vital part of the Black Bears on each end as she works both offensively and defensively on the Maine penalty corner unit. Sevey finished the regular season with two goals and three assists for seven points while adding a defensive save.
Jacobse also started all 19 games as a freshman and notched one goal and three assists for five points. Jacobse ranked second on the Black Bears with 23 shots
Maine returns to action against Albany on Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 PM in the semifinals of the America East Championship, hosted by the University of New Hampshire.