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Moroni and Bolton Garner NFHCA All-South Region Honors

November 27, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Moroni and Bolton Garner NFHCA All-South Region Honors

2017 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams

Liberty field hockey players Agueda Moroni and Jill Bolton garnered inclusion on the 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-South Region team on Monday. Moroni earned a spot on the All-South Region first team, while Bolton merited selection to the All-South Region second team.

"I'm incredibly proud of both Agui and Jill for making all-region. It is one of the most difficult regions to make all-region, being located in the middle of ACC country," stated Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley. "Agui representing Liberty on the first is an outstanding accomplishment and a reflection of her work ethic.  For Jill to receive recognition as a freshman gives her a bright future."

Moroni, a forward/midfielder, makes her first appearance on the all-region first team and second appearance on the all-region squad following second-team selection in 2016. The Cordoba, Argentina, native shined as a sophomore, matching a program record with 19 goals to go with a team-high eight assists and team-best 46 points. Moroni's 46 points are the second most in a season in school history.

A first team All-BIG EAST selection, Moroni finished No. 8 in the country in goals per game (1.00) and No. 9 in points per game (2.42). She also placed fourth in the South Region in both categories. Moroni scored two or more goals on six occasions this fall, highlighted by her second career hat trick on Sept. 29 against Old Dominion. The sophomore also supplied the game-winning goal against the Monarchs in a 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship semifinal match on Nov. 3.

She recorded three game-winning goals on the year and converted 2-of-2 penalty stroke opportunities.

Bolton, a midfielder, is one of only 23 freshmen in the nation to be named to an all-region squad. The native of Souderton, Pa., who also garnered first team All-BIG EAST selection, scored nine goals to go with five assists and 23 points in her first year as a Lady Flame. Bolton finished 22nd in the South Region in points per game (1.21).

She recorded three goals, including the game winner at Temple (Oct. 27), and posted three assists in BIG EAST play. Bolton also played her best against strong competition, scoring goals against No. 2 Duke, No. 6 Delaware, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 17 Maryland. She also tallied a pair of markers against MAC runner-up Kent State and one goal against 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship participant Providence.

Moroni and Bolton guided the Liberty Lady Flames to runner-up finishes in the BIG EAST Conference's regular-season standings and at the 2017 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.

In total, 160 Division I field hockey players received either first or second team honors across five regions.