LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Senior defender Alex Carroll (Oceanport, N.J./Oceanport) was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player and Defensive Player of the Year, voted upon by the league’s head coaches, conference officials announced Thursday night. Carroll was joined on the first team by senior Trish O'Dwyer (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto Beaufort), while junior Amanda Schoenfeld (West Sayville, N.Y./Connetquot) and senior Ali Askinas (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) were tabbed to the second team.
“Having four players recognized as all-conference is a great honor for us this year,” said head coach Carli Figlio. “For Alex to receive two major awards is a true testament to the type of player she is. What she did for us and this program is something you cannot quantify. Returning two of the four honorees gives us a foundation to build on for the years to come.”
Carroll’s player of the year honors mark the third time in program history a Hawk has earned the distinction, and second time in as many years as Michelle Pieczynski earned the award last season as a part of the Northeast Conference. Quinnipiac’s Jess Rusin and Rider’s Sandra Penas also share player of the year accolades with Carroll, while she becomes the program’s first defensive player of the year in the inaugural year of MAAC Field Hockey. Carroll, who earned all-conference honors for the third straight season, finished second on the team with 25 points this past year. The local product tied a career-high with nine goals, while adding a career-best seven helpers. Carroll, who earned two MAAC weekly awards this season, also registered four defensive saves from her backline position. The Oceanport, N.J. native finishes her career top-five all-time in Monmouth history in goals (31), assists (20) and points (82).
O’Dwyer makes her third appearance on an all-conference team after posting a strong third year with the Hawks. The Ireland native posted a team-high 29 points in 17 starts for the Blue and White, finding the back of the cage 12 times and dishing out five assists. The forward, who posted two game-winning tallies and three multi-goal games on the year, ended the season scoring in the final four games including winning MAAC Player of the Week after an eight-point weekend in games against Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac. O’Dwyer will enter next year with 35 career markers, 20 assists and 90 points, which sits at least top-two in each category in program history.
A second team honoree, Schoenfeld, a co-captain along with Carroll this season, earns her first career all-conference recognition after starting all 18 games for the Blue and White. The junior scored five times on the year and assisted on one goal, good for 11 points. The midfielder earned MAAC Player of the Week accolades after posting the game-winning tally over Delaware, a team that was ranked as high as 16th in the nation during the year.
The final recipient, Askinas, earns her second all-conference distinction after her four-year stint with the Blue and White. The defender, who started all 80 games of her career, posted three defensive saves on the year. The West Chester, Pa. native finishes her career with 11 defensive saves, one goal and two assists.
During Figlio’s seven-year tenure with Monmouth, the Hawks have had 29 athletes on all-conference teams, while earning five major awards during that span.
The MAAC also announced its 2013 Field Hockey All-Academic Team on Saturday, with a total of 60 athletes earning recognition. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. The Hawks were represented by O’Dwyer (Biology), Amanda Westerweller (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel) [Biology], Schoenfeld (Health and Physical Education), and Lauren Horner (Shnecksville, Pa./Northwestern Lehigh) [Psychology].