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3 Liberty Players Voted Preseason All-BIG EAST, Lady Flames Picked Second

August 23, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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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.

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.

Ashley Dykema

  • Two-time NFHCA All-South Region (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time All-BIG EAST first team (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time VaSID All-State (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time BIG EAST All-Tournament team (2017, 2018)


Jill Bolton

  • Two-time NFHCA All-South Region (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time All-BIG EAST first team (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time VaSID All-State (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time BIG EAST All-Tournament team (2017, 2018)
  • Eighth in program history in goals (19) and points (47)


Allison Schaefer

  • Two-time All-BIG EAST team (2016, 2017)
  • BIG EAST Freshman of the Year (2019)
  • VaSID Co-Rookie of the Year (2019)
  • BIG EAST All-Tournament (2016)
  • Program's all-time leader in saves (308) and tied for first in career shutouts (9)


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