Four field hockey players honored by Liberty League - Hamilton College

Four field hockey players honored by Liberty League

Head coach Gillian McDonald
Head coach Gillian McDonald

Four Hamilton College field hockey players were honored by the Liberty League on Nov. 5 when the organization released its 2009 award winners and all-league teams.

Head coach Gillian McDonald and assistant Cheryl Casey were selected a co-coaching staff of the year by the league's head coaches. McDonald and Casey have guided Hamilton to a program record for wins (12) this year, its first league tournament championship game appearance and a share of the program's first regular season title.

Colleen Callaghan '11 (Queensbury, N.Y./Glens Falls HS) and Mary Lancaster '12 (Monkton, Md./Mercersburg Academy [Pa.]) made the first team at forward, and Erin McNally '12 (Scotia, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS) joined them on the first team at midfield. Amy Allen '10 (Bright's Grove, Ontario/Loomis Chaffee School [Conn.]) was voted to the second team on defense.

Callaghan was first team all-league in 2008 and was honorable mention as a rookie. She ranks fifth in the league with 28 points, seventh with 11 goals and is tied for eighth with six assists. Her 28 points is tied for the third-highest total in one season in team history.

Lancaster has scored seven goals and assisted on three more for 17 points in 14 games this year. She scored the game-winning goal in sudden-victory overtime against William Smith College on Sept 25.

McNally was rookie of the year and first team all-league in 2008. She is tied for eighth in the league rankings with six assists. She has scored six goals, including the lone tally in a 1-0 win against nationally ranked No. 16 St. Lawrence University in the league tournament semifinals.

Allen has six goals and two assists for 14 points in 13 games. She leads a defense that ranks second in the league in fewest goals allowed and goals against average. She has helped the Continentals post five shutouts in 15 games.

Hamilton rides a six-game win streak into the league tournament final against Skidmore College at Skidmore on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m.

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