AMHERST, Mass. – One of the best years in the history of the VCU Field Hockey program got even better on Thursday as the Atlantic 10 announced its all-conference squads.
A program record six players were honored by the A10, led by standout senior Kelsey Scherrer, who earned First-Team Accolades. Along with Scherrer, junior Stephanie DeMasi and senior Arialle Hess were named to the Second Team, while Kendall Farino was recognized on the All-Rookie squad. DeMasi, senior Melanie Marotta and redshirt junior Megan Botteri were honored on the All-Academic team.
Scherrer (pictured, top right) leads the Rams with 16 goals and 41 points this season. She has the game-winning goal in three of VCU's 13 victories. In four seasons, Scherrer has rung up a school-record 53 goals , 24 assists and 130 points. She was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association First Team in 2010 and 2011 and was a second team pick as a freshman.
DeMasi (pictured, bottom right) earns her first all-conference recognition after leading VCU's backline, while adding two goals and six assists on the year. Her leadership in the back helped the Rams post the third-best goals-against-average in the Atlantic 10 at 1.61.
Hess (pictured, left) was a constant threat up top for the Black & Gold, ranking second on the team with six goals on just 10 shots. She became the first Ram in eight years to score four goals in a game when she led VCU to a home victory over Hofstra on Sept. 28.
Farino was named to the All-Rookie squad after posting two goals and two assists in her debut campaign. Her first collegiate goal was the decisive one in VCU's 3-2 road victory at Monmouth on Sept. 9.
DeMasi, Botteri and Marotta were all recognized on the All-Academic squads after all posting a 3.75 cumulative grade-point-average or higher.
DeMasi has been a member of the Dean's List every semester at VCU and holds a 3.96 GPA in exercise science. Marotta has been a critical member of VCU's midfield this season and holds a 3.94 as a business major. Botteri has been phenomenal in the cage all year for the Black & Gold, posting the third-best GAA in the A-10 at 1.59. In the classroom, the redshirt junior holds a 3.78 GPA as a history major.