(L-R) Moroni, Bolton and Dykema each garnered all-region distinction.
2018 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams
Three Liberty Lady Flames – Agueda Moroni, Jill Bolton and Ashley Dykema – earned inclusion on the 2018 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-South Region team on Monday.
Moroni was named to the All-South Region first team for a second straight season. Bolton garnered selection to the second team for the second time in her career, while Dykema received second team honors for the first time.
Moroni, a senior midfielder/forward, is now a three-time all-region honoree (first team in 2017 and 2018, second team in 2016), joining former Lady Flames Natalie Barr (2012, 2013, 2015) and Serena Barr (2014, 2015, 2016). The Cordoba, Argentina, native, who was also named the BIG EAST Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year, set numerous program records as a senior, including single-season goals (26), assists (14) and points (66). She finished No. 1 in the nation in points per game (3.47), No. 2 in total goals (26) and goals per game (1.37) and No. 7 in assists per game (0.74).
Moroni also set new program records for career goals (55) and career points (135) despite playing only three seasons. During her final campaign this fall, she garnered Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Offensive Player of the Week honors two times and BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week recognition three times.
Bolton, a sophomore midfielder from Souderton, Pa., is the second player in Liberty field hockey history to be named to an all-region squad as both a freshman and sophomore (Natalie Barr, 2012 and 2013). In 19 games as a second-year player, the first team All-BIG EAST honoree tallied 10 goals, four assists and 24 points. Bolton finished 15th in the South Region and 56th nationally in goals per game (0.53). She placed 17th regionally and 65th nationally in points per game (1.26).
Dykema, a sophomore defender from Newport News, Va., is the first Lady Flames defender since Serena Barr in 2016 to be voted to the all-region team. The All-BIG EAST first team selection anchored a Liberty defense which recorded five shutouts on the year, including four against conference opponents. She started all 19 games for Liberty for a second straight season and notched one assist. The Lady Flames' defensive unit, which faced nine ranked foes in 2018, limited its opponents to 1.95 goals per game, its best mark since 2014.
Liberty's trio of all-region players guided the Lady Flames to a runner-up finish in both the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings (6-1 record) and at the 2018 BIG EAST Field Championship. The Lady Flames won 13 games this season, the most they have won since 2014 (14-8 record). They finished the year with a No. 16 national ranking and No. 15 listing in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.
In total, 160 Division I field hockey players received either first or second team honors across five regions (Mid-Atlantic, Mideast, Northeast, South and West). The NFHCA will announce the Longstreth/NFHCA Regional Player of the Year awards on Thursday, followed by the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America teams on Dec. 4. The Longstreth/NFHCA National Collegiate Player of the Year award will be released on Dec. 10.
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