Wrapping Up the 2011 Season
The Kean University field hockey team posted a 10-6 record and qualified for the inaugural New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament after finishing with a 3-3 mark in the conference. It was the fifth straight season the Cougars have recorded at least 10 wins and the 11th time in the last 12 years.
Senior Olivia Triano capped her illustrious career by becoming the first player in program history to earn National Field Hockey Coaches Association First-Team All-American honors. A three-time NJAC first-team all-star and 2010 and 2011 NJAC Midfielder of the Year, Triano played in 71 career games, recording 59 goals and 147 points, both second in program history. In addition, her 29 career assists are tied for the program standard. Triano also became just the second player in the history of the program to be selected to play in the NFHCA Division III Senior Game.
Joining Triano on the NJAC first-team was forward Stephanie Soares, who had a break-out sophomore campaign. Soares, who scored no goals as a freshman, netted 11 goals and tied Triano with a team-high eight assists for 30 points.
Midfielders Kelly Bachovchin and Korri Thompson also earned NJAC honorable mention honors after combining for 11 goals and four assists. Bachovchin led the NJAC with six defensive saves, including four in the six NJAC games, while Thompson had six goals to rank third on the team.
WEEKLY and POSTSEASON HONORS
Kelly Bachovchin – NJAC Honorable Mention
Stephanie Soares – NJAC First-Team
Korri Thompson – NJAC Honorable Mention
Olivia Triano – Longstreth/NFHCA Division III First-Team All-American, Synapse Sports First-Team All-American, NFHCA Senior All-Star Game, NFHCA South Atlantic Region First-Team, ECAC Mid-Atlantic First-Team, NJAC Midfielder of the Year, NJAC First-Team, NJAC Offensive Player of the Week, ECAC Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the Week