November 19, 2013

Dolce, Herlihy Earn NFHCA All-Region Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth seniors Victoria Dolce (Jamestown, R.I.) and Devon Herlihy (Exeter, N.H.) were recently named to the 2013 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-New England West second-team.

In 2013, the national coaches' association honored a total of 32 student-athletes, including 16 on the first and second squads. Since 2005, the Corsairs have earned 13 All-New England West citations, including four consecutive campaigns with two honorees.

Dolce is making her debut on the All-New England West teams after representing UMass Dartmouth on the All-Little East teams the past three seasons. The Jamestown, R.I. product anchored a Corsair defensive backfield that ranked among the Division III leaders in goals against average (24th, 1.32 gpg) and shutout percentage (25th, 0.33). UMass Dartmouth was second in the conference circuit in goals allowed (29) and goals against average (1.32), while placing third in scoring margin (1.14.) and shutouts per game (0.33).

A starter in all 21 matches, Dolce produced 24 points on eight goals and eight assists. She provided the Corsairs with a reliable scoring threat from the back line, cracking the scoring column in 13 matches in 2013. Dolce registered 14 of her 24 points against Little East opponents. She netted a season-high two marker for four points at Western Connecticut on Sept. 27. Dolce handed out a season-best two helpers against Westfield State on Sept. 21. She recorded the game-winning goal against Southern Maine in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Little East Field Hockey Championship.

Herlihy is also making her first appearance on the All-New England West second-team. The senior from Exeter, N.H. was tied for second on UMass Dartmouth in goals (8), while ranking third in points (19). The 2013 All-Little East, first-team pick registered at least one point in nine matches this season. Herlihy scored a season-high three points, on a goal and an assist, twice on the campaign, most recently in an upset over nationally-ranked Wellesley College on Oct. 30. Four days earlier, she also recorded three points, including the decisive marker, in a crucial win at conference rival Plymouth State.

Under the direction of Nicole Maher, the Corsairs posted an overall record of 14-7. UMass Dartmouth earned a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings with a 9-2 mark with Bridgewater State and Plymouth State. The Corsairs received the No. 4 seed in the Little East Championship and defeated fifth-seeded Southern Maine in the quarterfinals. UMD fell in the semifinals to the eventual champions, Keene State, to close out the 2013 season.

Dolce and fellow senior Eleanor Taylor (Fairhaven, Mass.) will play in their final collegiate matches on Saturday, Nov. 23, when they compete in the Front Rush/NFHCA Division III Senior Game in Virginia Beach, Va.