Colleen Moyer Named Coach of the Year; Three First-Team Players Highlight Field Hockey All-Conference Selections

Head coach Colleen Moyer was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year and five Royals earned All-Conference honors on Tuesday.
Head coach Colleen Moyer was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year and five Royals earned All-Conference honors on Tuesday.
Colleen Moyer  Gracie McClatchy Allie Benadon Christina Motz Amelia Sharp  Claire McAllister 

 

Head coach Colleen Moyer was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday and three players from The University of Scranton field hockey team earned All-Conference First Team honors to highlight the end of year awards.

This marks the first career Landmark Coach of the Year honor for Moyer who guided the Royals to their first Landmark Conference championship and the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1997. Earlier this season, Moyer broke the program's all-time record for coaching victories (153) with a 3-0 win over Wilkes on Sept. 25.

Senior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), sophomore Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) and junior Christina Motz (Glenside, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) earned First Team honors for the Royals. It marks the second consecutive year that McClatchy and Motz have earned First Team honors, while Benadon was a Second Team selection a year ago.

Sophomore Amelia Sharp (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and senior goalie Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) both earned All-Landmark Conference Second Team accolades for Scranton.

McClatchy leads the Royals with 13 goals, a total that ranks second in the Landmark and was a First-Team selection at forward. The Havertown, Pa., native also earned Landmark Conference Tournament MVP honors after recording three goals and an assist in two playoff games last week. McClatchy tallied three multi-goal games on the season and scored five game-winning goals to go along with five assists.

Benadon has started all 20 games for Scranton and has compiled 20 points on seven goals and six assists. The sophomore midfielder put together some of her best performances in the biggest games of the season as she scored two goals including the overtime game-winner in a 2-1 victory at Catholic on Sept. 28 and registered a goal and two assists in the title game triumph over Susquehanna.

Defensively, Motz helped lead a Royals unit that allowed just 1.19 goals per game and registered five shutouts on the season. The junior tallied a key defensive save early in the second quarter of the Landmark Conference Championship game with Scranton holding a 1-0 lead at the time.

This marks the first career All-Conference honors for Sharp who was a Second Team selection as a midfielder. She has started all 20 games for the Royals and scored three goals including the game-winner on a penalty stroke with 2:41 left in a 2-1 victory over Elizabethtown on Oct. 19.

McAllister was a standout in net for the Royals all season long and leads the Landmark Conference in goals against average (1.20) and ranks second in save percentage (.767). The senior goalie notched four shutouts on the season and has made five saves or more in each of her last five contests.

Click here to view the full Landmark All-Conference teams.

The University of Scranton field hockey team will host MIT in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Weiss Field at 3 p.m.

--ROYALS--