YORK, Pa. – The accolades continue to roll in for the No. 2-ranked Salisbury University field hockey team, as the Capital Athletic Conference announced its 2016 All-CAC Field Hockey team on Thursday and the Sea Gulls swept the three major awards.
Senior Hannah Miller was named Player of the Year, freshman Jillian Hughes picked up Rookie of the Year honors, and Head Coach Dawn Chamberlin was named Coach of the Year for the 15th time in her career. Additionally, seniors Becca Rinaca and Annah Brittingham were named to the All-CAC first team. Senior Abbey Shobe and junior Tressie Windsor earned second-team honors.
The Sea Gulls dominated conference play throughout the year, going 6-0 in regular-season play and captured the program's 20th CAC Championship with a record-setting 8-0 victory against the University of Mary Washington. The eight-goal victory was the highest-scoring and highest margin of victory in the history of the CAC Championships, dating back to 1991.
Miller was recognized for her full-field contributions as a midfielder for the Sea Gulls, scoring once and adding seven assists this year, but also being key in Salisbury protecting the midfield and defensive end of the field. Miller is key on penalty corner defense, and helping the squad to the lowest team goals-allowed average in the CAC, something Hughes has been a big part of, as well.
Hughes has come in as a freshman and started all 17 games on defense. Though she has come up to score one goal and add an assist, Hughes has helped Salisbury to the the second-best scoring margin in the nation, while making three defensive saves. She is the ninth Sea Gull to win the award.
Rinaca ranks second in the CAC in goals, having scored a team-high-tying 15 times, while adding an assist for 31 points and Brittingham has been good for eight goals and eight assists, while also being a key contributor defensively.
Shobe has matched Rinaca statistically this season, with 15 goals and an assist while Windsor has the best goals-allowed average in the CAC (0.61) and ranks third in the nation. Her .783 save percentage is also third in the league.
Salisbury will square off against Kenyon College in a second-round NCAA tournament clash on Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.
To view the complete All-CAC team, click here.