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Bolton, Dykema and Rhodes Each Named First Team All-Region

November 25, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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(L-R) Bolton, Dykema and Rhodes all received first team all-region honors today.

(L-R) Bolton, Dykema and Rhodes all received first team all-region honors today.

2019 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Region Teams 

Three Liberty field hockey players – Jill Bolton, Ashley Dykema and Daniella Rhodes – earned 2019 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I All-South Region first team honors on Monday.

This marks the first time in program history that the Lady Flames have featured three players on the first team. The previous high was two, set in 2016 (Bethany Barr and Serena Barr).

Bolton has been selected to the all-region team for a third straight season after receiving second team honors in 2017 and 2018. Dykema is an all-region selection for the second straight year. The junior defender earned second team honors a year ago. Rhodes, a freshman, is being honored as an all-region player for the first time.

Bolton is one of five players in program history to earn all-region honors three times, joining Natalie Barr (2012, 2013, 2015), Bethany Barr (2014-16), Serena Barr (2014-16) and Agueda Moroni (2016-18). The Souderton, Pa., native earned All-BIG EAST first team honors for a third straight season this fall. The forward finished her junior campaign second on the team in goals (9), assists (5) and points (23). Bolton now ranks sixth in program history with 28 career goals and is also the active career points leader with 70, which ranks seventh most in school history.

Dykema earned BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year status for the Lady Flames this past season and also earned first team All-BIG EAST honors for a third consecutive year. The junior defender from Newport News, Va. led a Liberty defense which recorded seven shutouts in 2019, the second most in a single season in Liberty field hockey history.

Dykema and the Lady Flames finished No. 6 in the nation in shutouts per game (0.39) and No. 24 in goals-against-average (1.42), which was their third-best mark in school history. She appeared in 17 games for Liberty, scoring one goal to go along with four assists and six points.

Rhodes, the 2019 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and a first team all-conference recipient, paced the Liberty offense in goals (13), assists (9), points (35), game-winning goals (3) and shots on goal (51) during her first campaign.

The Durban, South Africa, native finished No. 13 in the country in points per game (1.94), No. 20 in goals per game (0.72) and No. 22 in assists per game (0.50).

Liberty finished 10-8 overall and 5-2 in the BIG EAST, this fall, qualifying for the BIG EAST Championship for a fourth straight season. 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.

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 First Point USA/NFHCA Regional Player of the Year Awards on Dec. 5, followed by the Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Teams on Dec. 10 and the First Point USA/NFHCA National Player of the Year on Dec. 16.