GENEVA, N.Y. — Three members of the William Smith College field hockey team were named to the 2011 Liberty League All-Academic Team. Senior forward Kiersten Hamilton (Harpursville, N.Y.) and sophomores defender Morgan Atanasio (Arthur L. Johnson/Clark) and forward Margaret McConnell (Louisville Collegiate School/Louisville, Ky.) were recognized for the dedication in the classroom and on the field.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher through the end of the 2011 spring semester and be at least a sophomore academically.
A NFHCA third team All-American, Hamilton was second on the team with nine goals and third with five assists and 23 points. She scored four game-winning goals, including three in conference play. In 74 career games, Hamilton scored 29 goals and assisted on 21 for 79 points. On William Smith’s all-time lists, she ranks 11th in career assists, 13th in career points, and 15th in career goals. Hamilton’s decorated career includes two NFHCA All-Region awards, three All-Liberty League selections, three Liberty League All-Academic Team honors, and three NFHCA All-Academic Squad accolades. She is majoring in Asian languages and cultures and economics.
A movement science major, Atanasio was a key member of the Herons’ stingy defense. William Smith ranked 12th in the nation in goals against average (0.98). She produced a pair of defensive saves this season, including one that helped the Herons to a 2-1 victory at Ithaca. Atanasio also logged her first collegiate goal, converting a penalty stroke that lifted William Smith to a 4-3 conference win at St. Lawrence.
McConnell began the season on a tear, scoring all five of her goals in the first six matches of the year. She accounted for the game-winning goals against Nazareth and Ithaca. McConnell also notched a pair of assists later in the season, finishing with 12 points. She has not declared a major. Students are not required to declare a major until the end of their sophomore year.
The Herons finished the year 16-5 overall, marking the program’s 27th consecutive winning season. William Smith was the runner-up in the Liberty League regular season and tournament standings. The Herons earned an at-large bid to its 19th NCAA tournament, beating Washington & Jefferson 2-0 in the first round before falling to eventual national champion TCNJ 1-0.
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