Hine Named to NFHCA All-America Team
Watkins Selected to NFHCA All-Region Team for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior tri-captain Abby Hine of Madison, Conn. has been named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA)/Longstreth Division III All-America Team. Hine was named to the third team for the Camels, becoming the first All-American for the program since 2003.
The program is also celebrating the accomplishments of junior Kelly Watkins of San Jose, Calif., who was tabbed to the second team of the NFHCA All-New England West Region squad.
Hine exploded with 13 goals and 31 points in a historic senior campaign for the Camels, garnering first team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors for the second straight year and was named to the first team of the NFHCA All-New England West Region team.
In a game against Bowdoin Oct. 9, Hine set the program´s all-time point scoring record with her 91st and 92nd point. The previous mark was held by the program´s last All-American, Emily Huffman ´04. Hine reached the century mark for point production with her final goal in a Camel uniform Oct. 29 at Wesleyan, closing out her career with 40 goals, 21 assists and 101 points.
Watkins has been one of the team´s top markswomen. This fall, she played an integral role on a stout Camel defense that trimmed a half a goal off their goals against average from 2009. Watkins will help lead a Camel squad that will return nine of 11 starters to the field in 2011.
Connecticut College Head Field Hockey Coach Debbie Lavigne was pleased with the post-season recognition that both Hine and Watkins have earned and is looking forward to an exciting 2011 season of Camel field hockey.
"Both players are deserving of this impressive honor," Lavigne said. "Abby has ended her field hockey career at Connecticut College on such a high! It is a tremendous honor for her to be selected to the All-NESCAC team, All-Region First Team, and National All-America third team! She is a very talented player and stands among the best players in the country! Kelly has shut down the top opponents in the NESCAC. She is the pillar of our defensive unit and has emerged as a leader on the field. I am thrilled she has been recognized as one of the top players in the region."
In addition to her success on the turf, Hine has contributed to the Camel women´s ice hockey program, scoring 14 goals with five assists in 74 games. She is serving as a team-tri captain for the Camels this winter.
Both Hine and Watkins have distinguished themselves in the classroom as Dean´s List Students at the College. Hine is majoring in human development while Watkins is carrying a major in psychology to go with a minor in biology. Watkins will also be named to the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team when it is formally announced this week.
November 22, 2010