RICHMOND, Va. – After leading Virginia Commonwealth University to its best season in nearly 20 years, Head Coach Kelly McQuade was named State Field Hockey Coach of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Monday.
McQuade, in her fourth season, guided the Rams to a 13-7 mark, a five-win improvement over 2009 and the second most in program history. It was VCU's best season since the Rams finished 16-6 in 1992.
Behind McQuade's direction, VCU qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for the first time since 2003 and registered the school's first winning mark since 2004. For her efforts, McQuade was named the CAA's Coach of the Year.
Additionally, three Rams earned VaSID All-State honors. Sophomore Kelsey Scherrer (Chesapeake, Va.) and senior Marle van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Netherlands) picked up first team awards, while freshman Rymme van Dessel (Oisterwijk, Netherlands) was tapped for second team.
Scherrer led VCU with 15 goals and 38 points this season. She logged a game-winning goal in seven of the Rams 13 victories. She was also named All-CAA First Team for the first time.
Marle van Dessel capped her outstanding Black and Gold career with 11 goals and four assists this season. An All-CAA First Team pick, van Dessel moved into second place on VCU's career goals list with 36. She also ranks third in career points. She is a three-time All-CAA selection.
Rymme van Dessel helped lead one of the CAA's top defenses from the center back position. VCU opponents averaged just 1.75 goals per game in 2010, and the Rams five shutouts. van Dessel's outstanding play garnered her CAA Rookie of the Year honors.