Field Hockey Announces 2013 Team Award Winners
Feb. 3, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts field hockey program and head coach Carla Tagliente held the annual team banquet on Saturday, Feb. 1, with the squad handing out its 2013 team awards during the event. During the ceremony the squad celebrated its team award winners and its most recent season, during which UMass reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and finished with a 19-5 overall record.
The offensive player of the year went to points leader Brooke Sabia, who finished the year with 20 goals and an assist. Sabia's goal total tied her for the fourth-most in NCAA Division I field hockey this season and she received Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference, A-10 Offensive Player of the Year and NFHCA First Team All-Region due to her successes.
Defensive player of the year was awarded to Lauren Allymohamed, an NFHCA Second Team All-American during her junior season in 2013. In addition to spearheading the UMass backline, Allymohamed contributed 16 points to the offense via eight goals and took home the Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year laurel as well.
Mel Sutherland received the UMass Scholar-Athlete Award for her dual success in the classroom and on the field. She played in 21 games as a senior with eight starts and earned five points on a goal and three assists while studying an individual concentration as well as psychology.
The Coaches Award, given out by the staff to a member of the team exemplifying the principles of UMass field hockey, was given to Molly MacDonnell. The senior forward earned 18 points on eight goals, including three game-winners, and a pair of helpers.
Hannah Prince took home two honors as she was named the Practice Player of the Year and Kathy Phelan "Heart of the Team." The Practice Player of the Year is given to a member of the team that expends her all during practice sessions to push her teammates and herself. The Kathy Phelan "Heart of the Team" goes to the individual whose determination, attitude, hard work and reliability are the pulses of the program. Prince, a first team NFHCA All-Region and Atlantic 10 All-Conference honoree, capped her collegiate career with 28 points on eight goals and 12 assists as a senior.
The final recognition given, the Dirty Shoes Award, went to Alexa Sikalis, who earned NFHCA Second Team All-American alongside Allymohamed in 2013. Sikalis earned the award due to her effort and style of play, which netted her 24 points on a pair of goals and 20 assists. Sikalis ranked second in the nation for helpers among all NCAA Division I field hockey student-athletes.
Massachusetts Field Hockey Team Awards