Field Hockey Has Four Honored from Synapse Sports





Smith and Bachelder earn All-America status
Cameron and Cloosterman named to Division II All-Rookie Team

Synapse Sports 2018 Field Hockey Awards

EASTON, Mass. (December 6, 2018) – Four members of the Stonehill College field hockey program have collected NCAA Division II postseason honors by, the website announced.

Senior forward Kacie Smith, just the second three-time Northeast-10 Player of the Year in Conference history, and sophomore back Elaine Bachelder both earned All-America honors from Synapse Sports, while freshmen Olivia Cameron and Charlotte Cloosterman were both named to the Synapse Sports Division II All-Rookie Team.

Smith, the 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Player of the Year, earns first team All-America honors from Synapse Sports for the third-straight year with her fourth All-America selection by the website overall, having also been tabbed as its 2017 Offensive Player of the Year. The three-time All-NE10 first team selection and two-time NFHCA North Region Player of the Year led Division II for the second-straight year with 74 points and 32 goals, while leading the team with ten assists, which ranks third in the NE10, and eight game winning goals. Smith recorded at least a point in 18 of the Skyhawks 20 games this fall, netting multiple goals ten times, with five hat tricks. She has recorded seven-plus points five times, including a career-high nine with four goals and an assist in a 9-0 win over Saint Thomas Aquinas College on September 5.

Smith earns first team All-America honors from Synapse Sports for the third-straight year after collecting second team honors as a freshman. (PHOTO BY Matt Campbell)

Smith is one of just two players in NCAA Division II history to surpass 100 career goals and 200 points. She is ranked second in NCAA Division II history with her NE10 record 257 points and 109 goals, to go with her program-record 39 assists, which is tied for fourth in NE10 history. Smith 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.

Bachelder earns her first All-America recognition with her selection to the Synapse Sports second team after earning All-NE10 first team honors for the first time this fall. She leads a Stonehill defensive unit that ranks fifth in the NE10 with a 1.47 team goals against average, while yielding 11.2 shots and 6.3 penalty corners per game. Bachelder, who earned NE10 and NFHCA Division II Defensive Player of the Week honors on September 5, started all 20 games for the Skyhawks and has recorded three defensive saves, and dished one assist.

Bachelder, a Synapse Sports Division II and NE10 All-Rookie Team selection as a freshman, has started 39 of her 40 games played in her two-year career, totaling four defensive saves and two assists.

Cameron, a two-time NE10 Rookie of the Week who also earned a spot on the NE10 All-Rookie Team, started 12 of 19 games played in her first collegiate season, ranking third on the team with nine goals and 21 points, having added three assists, and two game-winning goals. She posted three multi-goal games, recording two goals and an assist in wins over Franklin Pierce University on October 9, and New Haven on October 20.

Cloosterman played all 20 games in her first season at Stonehill, starting 17, as a key member of the Skyhawks defensive unit that ranks fifth in the NE10 with a 1.47 team goals against average, allowing 11.2 shots and 6.3 penalty corners per game. She recorded two defensive saves and dished out two assists this season.

Stonehill wrapped up its 2018 season with a 13-7 record overall, including 8-5 in the NE10, making its NE10 record matching 20th appearance in the Conference Tournament and reaching the semifinal round. The Skyhawks are ranked eighth in the most recent Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II poll.

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