Smith earns NE10 Player of the Week honors for the fifth time this season (PHOTO BY Matt Campbell)
Smith earns NE10 Player of the Week honors for fifth time this season
Cameron repeats as NE10 Rookie of the Week
EASTON, Mass. (October 23, 2018) – The Stonehill College field hockey program, ranked No. 6 in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, has picked up two more weekly honors from the Northeast-10 Conference, the league announced today.
Senior All-American Kacie Smith, the reigning Longstreth/NFHCA Division II Player of the Year, has been named the NE10 Player of the Week for the fifth time this season (ninth career), while freshman Olivia Cameron has earned NE10 Rookie of the Week accolades for the second-straight week. The duo led Stonehill to a pair of wins last week at Saint Anselm College in double-overtime and then at the University of New Haven on Saturday night.
Smith netted four goals over the two games, including both markers in Stonehill's 2-1 double-overtime win at Saint Anselm on Wednesday, breaking the program and NE10 career scoring records in the process. Her first goal with 4:54 remaining in regulation knotted the score and broke former teammate Erika Kelly's '16 program record of 217 points, while Smith's second with 1:13 remaining in the second overtime period lifted the Skyhawks to victory and broke former UMass Lowell standout Sammy Macy's NE10 career scoring record of 219 points, giving her 221 points. Smith followed that up with two more goals in Saturday night's 6-1 victory at New Haven.
Cameron matched her season-high with two goals and five points, adding an assist, at New Haven on Saturday night to earn her second-straight NE10 Rookie of the Week award. Her first goal gave the Skyhawks a 3-0 halftime lead with just 45-seconds remaining in the frame. She assisted on senior Carly Andersen's goal 10:23 into the second half and then capped the scoring in the contest with her second of the night with 7:53 to play.
Smith leads Division II in scoring with 42 points and goals with 19, while ranking second on the team and tenth in the NE10 with four assists in 12 games played. She leads the NE10 with six game-winning goals, having scored multiple goals in three of Stonehill's last four games and six times this season overall. She has at least one point in ten of Stonehill's 12 games this season, including goals in nine of the 12, posting a point in 27 of the last 30 games dating back to last season.
Smith is one of six student-athletes in NCAA Division II history, the fourth all-time from the NE10 and second in program history, to surpass 200 career points, entering the week with 96 goals and 33 assists for 225 points in 73 career games played. She is just two goals shy of Kelly's NE10 record of 98 goals and four goals from becoming just the second student-athlete in NCAA Division II history to score 100 career goals, joining former Bloomsburg (Pa.) University standout Jamie Vanartsdalen, who scored a Division II record 120 goals and posted a national record 298 points from 2005-08. Smith's assist total ranks third all-time at Stonehill, three shy of the program record and 14th all-time in the NE10.
Smith, a two-time Longstreth/NFHCA North Region and NE10 Player of the Year, had a record-breaking junior season in which she led all three levels of NCAA field hockey in scoring and goals, while leading the NE10 with her school-record 17 assists. She set an NCAA Division II record with 41 goals, while her 99 points set a new NE10 single-season standard. Smith earned a spot on the NE10 Academic All-Conference team as a junior and appeared in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the November 6, 2017 issue of Sports Illustrated. Smith is a Zag/NFHCA National Academic Squad member and been named to the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll multiple semesters.
Cameron has started four of the 11 games she has played in her first collegiate season at Stonehill and is ranked third on the team in scoring with 12 points. Her five goals scored is also third on the team, while adding two assists. She netted her first collegiate goal in the Skyhawks 9-0 victory over Saint Thomas Aquinas College on September 15 and posted two goals and an assist in Stonehill's 6-3 win over Franklin Pierce University on October 9.
Stonehill (9-3, 5-2 NE10) is back in action tonight as it hosts American International College for their Faculty Appreciation Game at W.B. Mason Stadium at 7 p.m. The Skyhawks close out the week by hosting No. 9 LIU Post for a key NE10 clash on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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