Dykema (left) and Bolton (right) both earned All-America recognition on Tuesday morning.
2019 Field Hockey All-Americans
Juniors Ashley Dykema and Jill Bolton of the Liberty field hockey team have been selected to the 2019 All-America team on Tuesday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
Dykema garnered Longstreth/NFHCA All-America second team honors, while Bolton earned third team status. This is the first time in program history the Lady Flames have featured two All-Americans in the same season. Dykema and Bolton are the fifth and sixth All-American honorees in the nine-year history of the program, with all six coming in the last five years. The two join Natalie Barr (third team, 2015), Serena Barr (second team, 2016) and Agueda Moroni (second team in 2017, first team in 2018).
"It's exciting to have two players in a single season achieve All-American status! Both Ashley and Jill are entirely deserving of these honors," said Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley-Blocker. "Their ability to show up each day and give their full hearts to the program makes them unique. It's a very proud moment as a coach to see their hard work pay off."
Dykema, an All-South Region first team honoree, earned BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors this fall as well as All-BIG EAST first team status. The junior defender led a Liberty defense which recorded seven shutouts in 2019, finished No. 6 in the nation in shutouts per game (0.39) and placed No. 24 in the country in goals-against-average (1.42). The Newport News, Va., native competed in 17 games for Liberty, scoring one goal to go along with four assists and six points.
Bolton, also an All-South Region first team selection, garnered an All-BIG EAST first team distinction for a third straight year. The junior forward started all 18 games for Liberty this season, finishing second in goals (9), assists (5) and points (23). The Souderton, Pa., native continued her move up the Liberty field hockey record books as well. Bolton ranks sixth in school history with 28 career goals and is also the program's active career points leader with 70, which places her seventh in school history.
The NFHCA honored 48 Division I field hockey student-athletes with first, second, or third team All-America recognition. There were 34 first-time honorees, 11 second-time honorees, two third-time honorees and one four-time honoree. The final award to be given out will be the First Point USA/NFHCA National Player of the Year, next Monday.
Liberty finished 10-8 overall and 5-2 in the BIG EAST in 2019, qualifying for the BIG EAST Championship for a fourth straight year. The Lady Flames finished No. 19 in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.
Liberty Field Hockey All-Americans 2019 – Ashley Dykema (second team) 2019 – Jill Bolton (third team) 2018 – Agueda Moroni (first team) 2017 – Agueda Moroni (second team) 2016 – Serena Barr (second team) 2015 – Natalie Barr (third team)
??For the first time in program history, we have 2? @NFHCA All-Americans in the same season! Congrats, Ashley and Jill!?? ??: https://t.co/L8qmIvPY3X#AllAmerican #RiseWithUs #NFHCA pic.twitter.com/Dt0I3Nv8JM — Liberty Field Hockey (@LibertyFH) December 10, 2019
??For the first time in program history, we have 2? @NFHCA All-Americans in the same season! Congrats, Ashley and Jill!?? ??: https://t.co/L8qmIvPY3X#AllAmerican #RiseWithUs #NFHCA pic.twitter.com/Dt0I3Nv8JM