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Moroni Named BIG EAST Offensive POY, Liberty Places 4 on All-BIG EAST Squad

October 31, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Moroni was named the 2018 BIG EAST Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year.

Moroni was named the 2018 BIG EAST Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year.

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No. 15 Liberty had four players named to the 2018 All-BIG EAST Field Hockey teams announced by the conference office on Thursday prior to the start of the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.

Lady Flames senior Agueda Moroni garnered a major award, earning BIG EAST Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year along with All-BIG EAST first team. Joining Moroni on the first team are sophomores Jill Bolton and Ashley Dykema. Rounding out Liberty's awards recipients is senior Abby Julius, a second team All-BIG EAST honoree.

Liberty featured four players on the listing for a second straight year and has had 13 all-conference selections (nine first team, four second team) in its first three years in the BIG EAST. Moroni is the third Lady Flame to garner a major award (either offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year or freshman of the year), joining Serena Barr and Allison Schaefer. Barr was the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, while Schaefer was the 2016 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.

The awards were determined by voting from BIG EAST coaches on the basis of performance in 2018 conference games. The Lady Flames (12-5) won a program-record six BIG EAST games against one loss in earning the No. 2 seed for the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. They will face No. 3 seed Providence (11-7) in Friday's second semifinal at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field.

No. 1 seed UConn (16-3), the fourth-ranked team in the country, led all league teams with six all-conference selections, including BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Cecile Pieper and Freshman of the Year Cheyenne Sprecher.

Agueda Moroni
Moroni is being named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year for the first time and garnered inclusion on the All-BIG EAST first team for a third straight season. The Cordoba, Argentina, native was a three-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and two-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection.

In seven BIG EAST games, Moroni led the conference in goals (9) and points (25) and was third in assists (7).

In 17 games this season, Moroni leads the country in total points (61) and points per game (3.59) and is tied for the national lead in goals (25) and goals per game (1.47). She has four three-goal games and six contests of five or more points, this season.

Moroni holds the new school record for goals in a season with 25 (previous record: 19) and is now tied for first in career goals (54) despite playing only three seasons with the Lady Flames.

Jill Bolton

Bolton is making her second appearance on the All-BIG EAST first team after also being named to the first team as a freshman in 2017.

The Souderton, Pa., native recorded three goals, two assists, eight points, one game-winning goal and one defensive save in BIG EAST matches. In Liberty's 2018 BIG EAST opener on Sept. 21 at Villanova, the sophomore tallied two goals in leading the Lady Flames to a 4-0 victory over the Wildcats.

In 17 games, all starts, Bolton has notched 10 goals, two assists and 22 points.

Ashley Dykema
Dykema is now a two-time All-BIG EAST first team honoree. She garnered the same recognition as a freshman, last year.

Dykema spearheaded the Lady Flames' defensive unit that allowed just 10 goals to BIG EAST foes during conference action. The native of Newport News, Va. helped the Liberty defense record a pair of shutouts in BIG EAST play.

Dykema has also been a key cog on the Lady Flames' defensive penalty corner unit which has allowed only seven short corner goals on 95 attempts from the opposition. Dykema has one assist this season, which was against Georgetown on Oct. 12.

Abby Julius
Julius is making her second appearance on the All-BIG EAST team second team. She was also selected to the second team as a sophomore in 2016.

Julius, who hails from Hummelstown, Pa., has one goal, five assists (matching a career high) and seven points in 17 games as a senior. In conference play, she recorded one goal, one assist and three points. Julius' goal in league action was against Georgetown on Oct. 12, allowing Liberty to take a 2-0 lead in an eventual 2-1 victory over the Hoyas.

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Agueda Moroni, Liberty

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Cecile Pieper, Connecticut

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Cheyenne Sprecher, Connecticut

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Connecticut

All-BIG EAST First Team
Svea Boker, Connecticut, Jr., F
Amanda Collins, Connecticut, Sr., F*
Amelia Iacobucci, Connecticut, Sr., F/M
Cecile Pieper, Connecticut, Sr., D*
Cheyenne Sprecher, Connecticut, R-Fr. GK
Jill Bolton, Liberty, So., M
Ashley Dykema, Liberty, So., D/M*
Agueda Moroni, Liberty, Sr., F*
Rebecca Birch, Old Dominion, Jr., D
Erin Huffman, Old Dominion, Jr., F*
Corinne Kenney, Providence, Sr., M/D
*unanimous selection

All-BIG EAST Second Team
Toni Tiedtke, Connecticut, Jr., M/F
Abby Julius, Liberty, Sr., M
Madison Babineau, Providence, So., M
Izzy Mendez, Providence, Jr., F/M
Mary O'Reilly, Providence, Jr., M
Lydia Rice, Providence, Sr., GK
Elisa Ruiz Martinez, Quinnipiac, Sr., MF
Riley Dolan, Villanova, So., M
Erika Miller, Villanova, Sr., GK
Christen Pennington, Villanova, Jr., M/D
Megan Vermeil, Villanova, Jr., F