NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Even before the Atlantic 10 Tournament started, the VCU Field Hockey team found out they will be heading back to Richmond with plenty of extra hardware after the all-conference awards were announced on Thursday.
Six different Rams earned all-conference recognition, led by senior Emilie Soares (pictured, top right), who was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team. Classmate Stephanie DeMasi and junior Kendell Combs earned spots on the Second Team, while freshman Alexis Schramm (pictured, left)was named to the All-Rookie squad.
Rounding out the accolades was Soares, DeMasi, senior Megan Botteri (pictured, bottom right) and junior Nicole Barry earning spots on the All-Academic team.
Soares is enjoying one of the best offensive seasons in VCU field hockey history with a team-leading 14 goals and eight assists, both of which rank in the top-10 in the conference. Those totals also rank in the top-10 in single-season VCU history. In the classroom, Soares has posted a 3.64 cumulative grade-point-average in Mechanical Engineering.
DeMasi has been a stalwart on VCU's backline for four years, but has also made an impact on the offensive end, breaking the school record for career assists (currently at 28) mark earlier this fall. This year, she's posted career highs in goals (4) and assists (8). In the classroom, she has a near-perfect 3,97 cumulative GPA in Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science.
Combs was a critical piece of the Rams offense with a team-leading 11 assists and three game-winning goals. Her 11 assists rank as the third-most in the Atlantic 10. On the year, she's tallied six goals for a total of 23 points, which rank second on the squad.
Schramm has been a powerful force in her debut season with the Rams with eight goals and 18 points. Her eight goals rank second on the team and the most by a freshman since Kelsey Scherrer racked up 11 during the 2009 campaign.
Botteri has been a steady force in the cage since her arrival at VCU in 2009. This year, she's played in 17 games for the Rams, racking up 124 saves and a 2.34 GAA, both of which rank third in the Atlantic 10. In the classroom, she boasts a 3.76 cumulative GPA in History. Barry was a vital part of the Black & Gold's backline, in addition to her offensive position as stopper on corners, where she racked up seven assists this fall. In the classroom, Barry has compiled a 3.85 cumulative GPA in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness.
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April 25, 2014 SIX HOME GAMES HIGHLIGHT VCU FIELD HOCKEY'S 2014 SLATE
March 20, 2014 VCU FIELD HOCKEY TOP FIVE NATIONALLY IN TEAM GPA
February 11, 2014 SIX NEWCOMERS SIGN NLIS TO JOIN RAMS NEXT FALL
December 16, 2013 SOARES AND DEMASI NAMED TO VASID ALL-STATE TEAM
November 10, 2013 BARRY, BOTTERI EARN SPOTS ON ATLANTIC 10 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
November 8, 2013 RAMS SEASON ENDS WITH TOUGH DOUBLE OT LOSS TO #12 UMASS, 1-0
November 7, 2013 SOARES, DEMASI, COMBS LEAD THE WAY AS SIX RAMS EARN A-10 HONORS
November 5, 2013 Virginia Lottery Student-Athlete of the Week: Steph DeMasi
November 5, 2013 DEMASI EARNS SPOT IN NFHCA SENIOR GAME
November 4, 2013 DEMASI EARNS SECOND ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
November 3, 2013 DEMASI’S OVERTIME GOAL GIVES RAMS THRILLING 3-2 WIN OVER LA SALLE
November 1, 2013 RAMS STIFLE SAINT JOSEPH’S IN CRUCIAL 1-0 WIN
October 27, 2013 RAMS FALL AT #12 UMASS, 3-1
October 25, 2013 RAMS FALL AT LOCK HAVEN, 3-0
October 18, 2013 RAMS PULL AWAY IN SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT ST. LOUIS, 5-2
October 13, 2013 RAMS DROP 6-1 DECISION TO CROSSTOWN RIVAL, RICHMOND
October 7, 2013 VIRGINIA LOTTERY STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: EMILIE SOARES
October 7, 2013 SOARES TAKES HOME ATLANTIC 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
October 6, 2013 SOARES’ HAT TRICK HIGHLIGHTS RAMS’ 8-1 SHELLACKING OF APP STATE
October 4, 2013 DEMASI SETS ASSISTS RECORD AS RAMS DROP RADFORD, 2-1
October 2, 2013 RAMS SUFFER 2-1 OVERTIME LOSS TO LONGWOOD
September 30, 2013 DEMASI TAKES HOME ATLANTIC 10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
September 29, 2013 BOTTERI, RAMS POST SECOND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT IN 1-0 WIN OVER DAVIDSON
September 27, 2013 SOARES’ HAT TRICK LEADS RAMS TO DOMINATING 6-0 WIN OVER SIENA
September 22, 2013 RAMS FALL 6-0 TO TOP-RANKED NORTH CAROLINA
September 18, 2013 RAMS FALL ON THE ROAD AT JMU, 4-0
September 16, 2013 SCHRAMM EARNS ATLANTIC 10 CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES
September 15, 2013 RAMS DROP 5-2 DECISION TO LIBERTY
September 13, 2013 RAMS BLITZ TOWSON IN SECOND HALF FOR 3-1 VICTORY IN HOME OPENER
September 11, 2013 GETTING TO KNOW: KENDALL CLIFTON
September 8, 2013 RAMS FALL AT #12 STANFORD, 2-0
September 6, 2013 COMBS, DEMASI NOT ENOUGH AS RAMS FALL 4-2 TO WILLIAM & MARY
September 6, 2013 FOUR DIFFERENT RAMS SCORE TO LEAD VCU PAST PACIFIC, 4-2
September 3, 2013 SOARES EXCITED FOR LONG-AWAITED WEST COAST HOMECOMING
August 29, 2013 PLAYER TO WATCH: VCU FIELD HOCKEY'S KENDELL COMBS
June 27, 2013 BAKER HIRED TO TAKE OVER VCU FIELD HOCKEY PROGRAM