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Five Earn Hockey All-ODAC Accolades

Five Earn Hockey All-ODAC Accolades

FOREST, Va. - Five members of the ODAC champion Shenandoah University field hockey program have earned All-ODAC accolades in selections announced Tuesday afternoon by the league office.

The champion Hornets grabbed two of the four major awards as head coach Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft was selected as Coach of the Year and freshman Taylor Hayes earned Rookie of the Year accolades.

For Smeltzer-Kraft, it is the second time in four seasons that she has been named as the league's Coach of the Year. She earned her initial honor in 2013 after leading SU to 10 wins in her first season at the helm of the program.

Hayes becomes the third player in program history to be named Rookie of the Year. Junior Jenna Rampale was picked in 2014 while Alexandra Darrow was named in 2012.

In six seasons of ODAC field hockey, the program has now earned three Coach of the Year accolades, had three Rookies of the Year and one player each named Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Of the individual honorees, junior Elizabeth Pardo was selected to the first team, Hayes and sophomore Kayla Alderman to the second team and sophomore Morgan Payne to the third team.

All four women were also previously named to the ODAC All-Tournament team after leading the Hornets to their first-ever championship Saturday evening.

Pardo, who earned All-ODAC honors last season, had two goals and five assists for nine points this year as a midfielder.

Alderman, a forward, and Hayes, a midfielder, contributed 14 and 26 points for SU, respectively, this season. Alderman had six goals and two assists for 14 points while Hayes chipped in eight goals and a team-high 10 assists for 26 points.

Payne, a defender who comes down to insert penalty corners on offense, led the Hornets with 12 goals and five assists for 29 points. She had a natural hat trick in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinal round win over Virginia Wesleyan, assisted on the game-winning goal versus Lynchburg in the semi-finals and then had the game-winner in the championship versus Washington and Lee.

These four women are back in action tomorrow in a 3 p.m. NCAA first round game at the University of Rochester.

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