Schulmeyer Wins ODAC Rookie of the Year for Field Hockey
FOREST, Va. — The Old Dominion Athletic Conference announced its 2013 Field Hockey All-Conference teams on Wednesday, and Washington and Lee first-year defender Noelani Schulmeyer (Glen Arm, Md./St. Paul's School) was named the Rookie of the Year. Schulmeyer also earned Third Team All-ODAC honors.
Along with Schulmeyer, senior defender Riley Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale) garnered a spot on the All-ODAC First Team, and senior midfielder Victoria Van Natten (Towson, Md./Towson) made the second team.
Schulmeyer played in and started all 20 games for the Generals. She recorded eight defensive saves, which led the team and was the fourth-highest total in the conference.
She scored three goals, which tied for fifth on the team, and added one assist for seven total points. She tallied her first two collegiate goals in a 4-2 win over Goucher on September 1. Schulmeyer recorded the game-winning goal and two defensive saves in a 3-2 win over Bridgewater. The victory secured W&L's spot in the ODAC Tournament.
This is the third time Hampsch garnered all-conference accolades, after being named to the third team her sophomore season and second team last year. She finished second on the team this year with five defensive saves and scored a goal in a 5-0 victory over Roanoke. Hampsch played in and started all 20 of the team's games.
For Van Natten this is the second all-conference honor, as she received a spot on the first team last season. She played in and started all 20 games for W&L, totaling two goals, an assist and one defensive save. She notched her first collegiate goal at Eastern Mennonite on September 25.
For the other major ODAC awards, junior forward Ashley Cross of Shenandoah won the Player of the Year, Ashley Smeltzer of Shenandoah was the Coach of the Year and senior forward Colleen Dickson of Bridgewater garnered the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete honor.
The Generals ended the 2013 season with a 5-2 loss at Randolph-Macon in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament. Washington and Lee finished the year with a 5-15 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the conference.
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