Coach of the Year Nancy Stevens
Co-Offensive Player of the Year Hayley Turner
Co-Offensive Player of the Year Heather Susek
Defensive Player of the Year Jestine Angelini
Rookie of the Year Chloe Hunnable
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The 2011 BIG EAST field hockey yearly awards and all-conference teams were announced at the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship banquet Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Louisville senior Hayley Turner and Syracuse senior Heather Susek have tied for BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first duo to share the honor since 2005. Connecticut senior Jestine Angelini has been named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year while Husky freshman Chloe Hunnable was tabbed BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Connecticut head coach Nancy Stevens has been named BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
Turner led the Cardinals with 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points in the regular season. She ranks sixth in the BIG EAST with 1.65 points per game and fourth with 0.59 goals per game. During conference play, the senior recorded 13 points on five goals and three assists. Turner also had a league shot-percentage of .455, ranking her fourth in the conference.
Susek ranks among the BIG EAST leaders in almost every offensive category. The senior leads the league in shots, totaling 75 and averaging 3.95 shots per contest. She has registered 17 goals and dished out six assists, collecting 40 points and averaging 2.11 points per game. Susek also averaged 0.89 goals per game. She has accounted for three game-winning goals on the season. In league play, Susek totaled 11 points on five goals and one assist.
Angelini anchors a defense that leads the conference in shutouts (7), goals against average (0.87) and goals allowed per game (0.88). The Huskies have held their opponents to 134 shots, while allowing only 15 goals. In BIG EAST play, Connecticut's defense allowed four goals and earned four shutouts. In addition to being a constant defensive threat, Angelini led the league with 13 assists. This marks the sixth consecutive year a UConn player has won the defensive honor.
For the first time since 2000, a Rookie of the Year has been awarded. Hunnable leads all newcomers with 30 points on 13 goals and four assists. She is averaging 2.00 points per game, ranking third in the BIG EAST. In conference play, Hunnable led all scorers with 4.00 points per game. Her 16 points tied for second while she topped the conference with eight goals.
Stevens won the Coach of the Year accolade for the seventh time, and the first time since she won three straight from 2002-04. In her 22nd year at the helm, she has led the Huskies to a 16-1 overall record and a 6-0 mark in conference play. Stevens guided Connecticut to its 12th regular-season championship title and is searching for the team's 12th tournament crown.
BIG EAST Field Hockey Awards
BIG EAST Offensive Players of the Year
Hayley Turner, Louisville, M
Heather Susek, Syracuse, F
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Jestine Angelini, Connecticut, B
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Nancy Stevens, Connecticut
All-BIG EAST First Team
Jestine Angelini, Connecticut, B *
Marie Elena Bolles, Connecticut, F
Rayell Heistand, Connecticut, M/B *
Chloe Hunnable, Connecticut, F
Anne Jeute, Connecticut, M *
Sarah Mansfield, Connecticut, GK
Caitlin Collins, Louisville, B/M
Hayley Turner, Louisville, M *
Liz McInerney, Syracuse, M
Kelsey Millman, Syracuse, F
Heather Susek, Syracuse, F *
ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM
Alicia Angelini, Connecticut, M/B
Ali Blankmeyer, Connecticut, F/M
Annie Wilson, Georgetown, F
Erin Conrad, Louisville, GK
Dominique Pasqualichio, Louisville, B
Alyssa Voelmle, Louisville, B
Henni Tietze, Providence, B
Christie Morad, Rutgers, B
Lisa Patrone, Rutgers, F/M
Carlie Rouh, Rutgers, M
Nicole Nelson, Syracuse, B
* unanimous selection