Wheaton places five on NFHCA All-New England teams for first time
NORTON, Mass. - Five Wheaton College field hockey players were tabbed to National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) all-region teams for the first time in program history, including senior co-captains Margaux Bolte's (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) and Jessica Strock's (Centerville, Mass./Barnstable) selections to the New England East Region first squad for the initial time in their careers.
Both midfielders, Strock was voted to the all-region second team as a junior, while Bolte earned her first all-region award. Joining Bolte as a first-time honoree and named to the second squad were junior back Bonnie Davies (Roxbury, Conn./Shepaug Valley) and junior forwards Emily Asack (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) and Aliza Underhill (Corinth, Maine/Central).
Having at least three players named to an all-region team for the fifth straight season, Wheaton tied New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) school Mount Holyoke College for the second-most recipients, one shy of league champion Babson College.
Despite missing the team's final six games due to injury, Strock paced the team in goals and points with 16 and 39, respectively. She also added seven assists, which stood third on the squad. Her 39 points rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. In her career, Strock stands third in goals (30) and fifth in points (70).
One of four Lyons to start all 21 games, Bolte recorded a team-high nine assists, good for a tie for sixth in the school's annals. She finished with 21 points. For her career, Bolte ranks sixth in program history in assists (16) and 10th in games (76).
Recovering from an early-season injury, Asack finished the year strong, as her 10 goals and 24 points were good for second on the team. During Wheaton's 7-0 league tournament win over Clark University, she broke school marks with five goals and 10 points. Asack will enter her senior campaign tied for fourth all time in goals (28) and sixth in points (67).
Underhill had a breakout season, scoring nine goals, handing out four assists and notching 22 points, as her point total was tied for third on the squad. Starting in 20 games, she also went 2-for-2 on penalty strokes.
Davies paced the Lyons with five defensive saves in 21 starts. Also converting two strokes, she finished second on the team with eight assists, which ranks eighth in program history. Davies added a trio of goals for a total of 14 points.
As a team, Wheaton went 13-8 with a 6-2 league mark, as its six conference wins matched a program high. The Lyons' 13 league victories rank in a tie for second. Wheaton also shattered the school's scoring record with 79 goals, which bested the previous high by 20.