The Liberty field hockey team features three players on the preseason All-BIG EAST team.
The Liberty field hockey team features three players on the preseason All-BIG EAST team, announced on Friday morning by the conference. The Lady Flames were picked to finish second in the league in the preseason coaches' poll.
Liberty junior defender/midfielder Ashley Dykema was honored as the BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight year and also unanimously earned preseason all-conference honors.
Junior midfielder/forward Jill Bolton was unanimously tabbed to the preseason All-BIG EAST squad. Lady Flames senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer also garnered inclusion on the preseason all-conference team.
Liberty has now been picked to finish second in the BIG EAST four straight years. The Lady Flames received one first-place vote and 42 points in the poll. Defending champion Connecticut was chosen to finish first in the league with seven first-place votes and 49 points.
Liberty has already played two exhibition contests against ACC opponents North Carolina and Wake Forest and will close out its preseason with a scrimmage at home against Appalachian State, tomorrow at 11 a.m. The Lady Flames will open regular season play against James Madison on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Liberty Field Hockey Field. Liberty's first BIG EAST game will be at Temple, Sept. 20.
At the end of regular season competition, the top four teams in the league standings will advance to the 2019 BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. The championship will be hosted at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Stadium in Hamden, Conn., Nov. 8 and 10. The conference champion receives an automatic berth into the 2019 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.
2019 BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Honors
BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Svea Boker, UConn, Sr., F
BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Ashley Dykema, Liberty, Jr., D/M
2019 Field Hockey Preseason All-BIG EAST Team Allison Schaefer, Liberty, Sr., GK Cheyenne Sprecher, UConn, So., GK^ Jessica Birch, Old Dominion, Sr., D Lindsay Dickinson, UConn, So., D Ashley Dykema, Liberty, Jr., D^ Corrine Kenney, Providence, Gr., D Toni Tiedtka, UConn, Sr., D Jill Bolton, Liberty, Jr., M^ Riley Dolan, Villanova, Jr., M Mary O'Reilly, Providence, Sr., M Ines Ruis Martinez, Quinnipiac, Sr., M Svea Boker, UConn, Sr., F^ Jessica Dembroski, UConn, Jr., F Erin Huffman, Old Dominion, Sr., F ^unanimous selection
2019 BIG EAST Field Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll 1. Connecticut – 49 points (7 first-place votes) 2. Liberty – 42 points (1 first-place vote) 3. Providence – 34 points 4. Old Dominion – 33 points 5. Villanova– 24 points 6. Temple – 16 points 7. Quinnipiac – 15 points 8. Georgetown – 11 points
Congrats to our 3 @BIGEAST Preseason Honorees!!! ??: https://t.co/MRjUo6zW5X#ONE #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/JB9QhKAqJF — Liberty Field Hockey (@LibertyFH) August 23, 2019
Congrats to our 3 @BIGEAST Preseason Honorees!!! ??: https://t.co/MRjUo6zW5X#ONE #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/JB9QhKAqJF
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