Liberty field hockey placed four players on the All-BIG EAST teams that were released by the league office on Thursday in advance of the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.
Sophomore Agueda Moroni, freshman Jill Bolton and freshman Ashley Dykema each garnered inclusion on the All-BIG EAST first team, while sophomore goalkeeper Allison Schaefer earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST second team.
The awards were determined by voting from BIG EAST coaches on the basis of performance in 2017 conference matches. The Lady Flames posted a 5-2 mark in BIG EAST play to finish second in the conference. Liberty will face No. 3 seed Old Dominion in the BIG EAST semifinals, Friday at 4 p.m. at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I.
In its first two years in the conference, Liberty has merited nine All-BIG EAST selections (6 first team, 3 second team) and a BIG EAST Freshman of the Year (Allison Schaefer, 2016).
The Lady Flames featured the second-most players on the all-conference teams, behind only No. 1 UConn, who had six players named to either the first or second team, including BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Charlotte Veitner and Defensive Player of the Year Casey Umstead. Providence also featured four selections, as well as BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Manon van Weezel.
Agueda Moroni Moroni, a preseason All-BIG EAST team selection, lived up to the billing as a unanimous selection on the All-BIG EAST first team. The Cordoba, Argentina, native is a first team selection for the second straight year.
In seven conference contests this fall, Moroni poured in nine goals and added an assist for 19 points. The Cordoba, Argentina, native scored two or more goals in three BIG EAST matches, including her second career hat trick, coming against Old Dominion on Sept. 29 in Lynchburg.
Moroni was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week twice and to the Weekly Honor Roll on four occasions.
In 17 games this season, she has 18 goals, seven assists and 43 points, all tops on the team. Moroni is currently seventh in the country in goals per game (1.06) and eighth in points per game (2.43).
Jill Bolton Bolton hit her stride as the season went on. The Souderton, Pa., native has five goals, one assist and 11 points in her last four contests. She finished with three goals, three assists and nine points in seven BIG EAST contests.
Bolton scored two goals in the BIG EAST regular-season finale at Temple, last Friday. Her first goal of the match proved to be the game-winner. She also scored a goal versus Providence on Oct. 20, helping the Lady Flames lock up a postseason berth for the second straight season.
Bolton's play has not gone unnoticed by the conference, as she has received the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week award in each of the last two weeks (Oct. 23, Oct. 30).
To date, Bolton has nine goals, five assists and 23 points in 17 contests.
Ashley Dykema Dykema was a force for a Liberty defense that yielded just seven goals to BIG EAST foes during conference play. The Newport News, Va., native helped the Lady Flames' defense record three shutouts in conference action.
Dykema scored her first career goal in Liberty's regular-season finale against No. 6 North Carolina. She also notched an assist.
Allison Schaefer Schaefer, the 2016 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and All-BIG EAST second team selection a year ago, makes her second appearance on the all-conference second team. The Millersville, Pa., native posted a 5-2 record, 0.88 goals-against-average (GAA), three shutouts and 29 saves in seven conference bouts as a sophomore.
Schaefer's three clean sheets came against Villanova (Sept. 16), Georgetown (Oct. 6) and Providence (Oct. 20). She broke the school record for saves, last Friday against Temple. Schaefer's first save of the contest marked her 207th career save. The sophomore surpassed former Lady Flame Mallory Cuccio (206 saves, 2012-15) and now stands in first place in program history with 218 saves to date.
In 18 games this year, Schaefer holds a 2.24 GAA with 92 saves and a .712 save percentage. She is currently No. 26 in the country in saves per game (5.53).
All-BIG EAST First Team^ Amanda Collins, Connecticut, Jr., F/M Nina Klein, Connecticut, R-Sr., GK Casey Umstead, Connecticut, Sr., M/D* Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Sr., F* Jill Bolton, Liberty, Fr., M Ashley Dykema, Liberty, Fr., D Agueda Moroni, Liberty, So., F* Danielle Grega, Old Dominion, Sr., M* Erin Huffman, Old Dominion, So., F Megan Hamilton, Providence, Sr., M* Manon van Weezel, Providence, Fr., D* Lauren Belskie, Quinnipiac, Sr., D
^extra player added due to a tie in voting
All-BIG EAST Second Team Margot van Hecking Colenbrander, Connecticut, Fr., D Karlie Heistand, Connecticut, Sr., M/D Anna Farley, Georgetown, Fr., M/D Allison Schaefer, Liberty, So., GK Julia van Dorsten, Old Dominion, R-Sr., M Megan Guilbert, Providence, Sr., GK Corinne Kenney, Providence, Jr., D Elisa Ruiz Martinez, Quinnipiac, Jr., M Rachael Mueller, Temple, Sr., F Fresca Bello, Villanova, Sr., F Erika Miller, Villanova, Jr., GK
Offensive Player of the Year Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Sr., F
Defensive Player of the Year Casey Umstead, Connecticut, Sr., M/D*
Freshman of the Year Manon van Weezel, Providence, Fr., D
Coaching Staff of the Year Connecticut