Six W&J Field Hockey Players Awarded All-Empire 8 Laurels
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Six Washington & Jefferson College field hockey players earned All-Empire 8 Conference honors Thursday, led by juniors Erin Barno (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) and Jennifer Marabella (Sinking Spring, Pa./Holy Name), who were named to the first team.
Senior Hannah Lott (Aspers, Pa./Biglersville) and junior Meaghan Thornlow (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) were named to the second team, while junior Amanda Pflumm (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham Wading River) earned honorable mention. Junior Arielle King (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) was also recognized as Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year.
Barno led the team with 30 points (11G, 8A), tied for the second-highest mark in the conference. Barno ranks seventh all-time at W&J with 18 career goals and 51 total points. This is the second consecutive year Barno has earned All-Conference honors, as she was a member of the second team a year ago.
Marabella earned her second straight appearance on the first team. Earlier this season she broke the school record for goals scored with her 43rd career tally. She has 95 career points, just five points shy of the W&J record currently held by Beth Kelley. Marabella led the Presidents with 12 goals this season and added two assists. She is 25th on the active Division III goals list.
Lott tied for the team lead with nine assists, the second-highest total in the Empire 8. She also added three goals, including two game-winners, and three defensive saves. Lott sits in ninth place on the all-time scoring list with 34 points (11G, 12 A).
Thornlow led the Presidents’ defense that allowed a conference-low 24 goals and 1.50 goals per game. She made two defensive saves and added two shots on goal in 16 games played.
Pflumm tied Lott for the team lead with nine assists and scored a career-high eight goals. She has tallied 12 goals and 12 assists during her career for 36 points, good for 10th all-time.
King distinguished herself and consistently exhibited the critical traits as an outstanding sportswoman. The Empire 8 emphasizes that “Competing with Honor and Integrity” is an essential component of a student-athlete’s experience in conjunction with an institution’s educational mission. On the field, King was the Presidents’ fourth-leading scorer with five goals and six assists for 16 points.
W&J travels to Utica, N.Y. for the Empire 8 Conference Championship Tournament semifinals on Saturday at 10:30 am.