Westwood, MA --- WPI senior Shannon Hynes (Auburn, MA) and junior Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) have been named as NEWMAC Field Hockey All-Conference first team honorees while junior Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH) was tabbed to the league's second team.
Additionally, senior Hannah Larochelle (New Boston, NH) was selected as the team's NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship honoree.
Hynes earned a repeat first team nod this fall. The anchor in the back, the senior helped a WPI defense that allowed just 23 goals in 20 contests, good enough for second in the NEWMAC in goals per game allowed. The senior was versatile, contributing offensively on corners, and netted goals versus Lasell and MIT and doling out five assists overall. Hynes, who looks to repeat as an All-New England East recipient later this month, will get one more game, participating in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game. The event is currently projected for 5pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, PA following the completion of the NCAA Division III semifinal games.
O'Sullivan was a goal-scoring machine as she traded in her second team honor last season for first team distinction in 2019. The forward led all NEWMAC players with 21 regular season goals. The junior reached the 100-point milestone during the season and posted back-to-back games where she had a hat trick in a conference victory over Wheaton and then four goals the following contest at Conn College.
Hess emerged as one of the top midfielders in the NEWMAC this season. The junior posted eight goals, including playoff tallies against Mount Holyoke and MIT, and added two assists while playing a key role on both offense and defense for the Engineers. She had a multiple-goal showing in a victory over Salve Regina and netted a marker in a conference win at Wellesley.
Look for more on the All-Sportsmanship team later this month.
WPI enjoyed its best season in over a quarter century under 13th year head coach Lisa Moreau. The Engineers ended with a 17-3 record with its three losses coming to teams that won NCAA tournament contests.