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Rhodes and Dykema Win BIG EAST Major Awards, Liberty Places 4 on All-BIG EAST Teams

November 7, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty featured four players on the All-BIG EAST teams.

Liberty featured four players on the All-BIG EAST teams.

No. 19 Liberty featured four players on the 2019 All-BIG EAST Field Hockey teams released by the conference office on Thursday prior to the start of the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship.

Liberty first-year player Daniella Rhodes earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Distinction and All-BIG EAST first team honors. Meanwhile, Lady Flames junior Ashley Dykema also garnered a major award, as she was named BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year as well as All-BIG EAST first team for a third straight season.

Joining Rhodes and Dykema on the first team is junior forward Jill Bolton. Rounding out Liberty's awards is sophomore forward Charlotte Vaanhold, a second team All-BIG EAST selection.

Liberty featured four players in the awards for a third straight year and has had 17 all-conference selections (12 first team, five second team) in its four years in the BIG EAST Conference. Rhodes is the second BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in program history, joining current Lady Flames senior goalkeeper Allison Schaefer, who won the award in 2016.

Dykema is the second BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year in school history. She joins Serena Barr, who received the same distinction in 2016.

The awards were determined by voting from BIG EAST coaches who cannot cast ballots for their own players. The All-BIG EAST first and second teams were voted on by position, with four at-large selections.

Liberty (10-7) won five league games against two losses and earned the No. 3 seed for the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship. They will face No. 2 seed Old Dominion (10-6, 6-1 BIG EAST) In Friday's second semifinal contest at 2 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Stadium in Hamden, Conn.

Daniella Rhodes
Rhodes was a three-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Sept. 2, Sept. 9 and Oct. 22) and also earned offensive player of the week honors (Sept. 9) and honor roll status (Sept. 30). The forward from Durban, South Africa paced the Lady Flames with nine goals and 20 points in seven BIG EAST contests while notching two assists and 26 shots on goal. Rhodes notched her first career three-goal game in a 4-0 victory at Georgetown, Oct. 18.

In 17 games this season, the freshman leads Liberty in goals (13), assists (8), points (34), shots on goal (49) and game-winning goals (3). She currently ranks 13th in the nation in points per game (2.00), 18th in goals per game (0.76) and 32nd in assists per game (0.47).

Ashley Dykema
Dykema is one of only three Liberty players to be named to the All-BIG EAST first team three times (also Bolton and former Lady Flame Agueda Moroni (2016-18)).

Dykema has led Liberty's defensive unit which recorded four shutouts in league play while only surrendering 10 goals in seven games. The Newport News, Va., native recorded one goal, three assists and five points in conference play.

Dykema and the Lady Flames defense have recorded seven total shutouts in 2019, one shy of tying the 2013 squad's program-record eight shutouts. In 16 games during her junior campaign, she has one goal, four assists, six points and 10 shots (six on goal).

Jill Bolton
Bolton joins Dykema as a three-time All-BIG EAST first team honoree. The junior forward tallied four goals, two assists and 10 points in seven BIG EAST games, this fall. She also earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 7.

In 17 games this season, Bolton is second on the team in goals (9), assists (5), points (23) and shots on goal (33) and paces the team in total shots (68). The Souderton, Pa., native is the program's active career goals leader with 28 (No. 6 in program history). She is also the active career points leader with 70, which ranks seventh most in program history.

Charlotte Vaanhold
Vaanhold is being honored on the All-BIG EAST second team for the first time in her career. The sophomore from Holllandsche Rading, Netherlands was second on the team in goals (5), points (12) and game-winning goals (2) in seven BIG EAST games. The forward also recorded a pair of assists and 11 total shots (eight on goal).

Vaanhold has six goals, three assists, 15 points, 21 shots, 13 shots on goal and a pair of game-winning goals and has appeared in all 17 contests.

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Svea Boker, Connecticut, Sr., F ^

Co-Defensive Players of the Year
Cheyenne Sprecher, Connecticut, R-So., GK
Ashley Dykema, Liberty, Jr., D

Freshman of the Year
Daniella Rhodes, Liberty, Fr., F

Coaching Staff of the Year
Connecticut

2019 All-BIG EAST First Team
Cheyenne Sprecher, Connecticut, R-So., GK
Ashley Dykema, Liberty, Jr., D
Corrine Kenney, Providence, Grad., D
Rebecca Birch, Old Dominion, Sr., DM ^
Sophie Hamilton, Connecticut, Fr., M/D
Mary O'Reilly, Providence, Sr., M
Svea Boker, Connecticut, Sr., F ^
Jill Bolton, Liberty, Jr., F
Daniella Rhodes, Liberty, Fr., F
Erin Huffman, Old Dominion, Sr., F
Lydia Sydnor, Villanova, Sr., F

2019 All-BIG EAST Second Team
Camilla MacGillivray, Old Dominion, R-So., GK
Lydia Rice, Providence, Grad., GK
Antonia Tiedke, Connecticut, Jr., D
Nicole Fredricks, Old Dominion, Fr., D
Marleee McClendon, Old Dominion, R-Jr., D
Dani Batze, Temple, Jr., D
Abby Gooderham, Connecticut, So., M
Bianca Strubbe, Quinnipiac, Grad., M
Michaela Bruno, Georgetown, Sr., F
Charlotte Vaanhold, Liberty, So., F
Izzy Mendez, Providence, Sr., F

^ Denotes unanimous selection