Nov. 10, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Five members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team have been honored by the Little East Conference.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Kinchla (Falmouth, MA/Falmouth HS/Quinnipiac), junior midfielder Kylie Treat (Hampstead, NH/Pinkerton Academy) and junior goalkeeper Seana Golden (Somerset, MA/Bishop Stang HS) have been named first team All-Little East Conference. Kinchla was also named Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Senior forward Rebecca Stephens (North Andover, MA/North Andover HS) was named second team All-Conference, and Head Coach Nicole Castonguay was named Coach of the Year.
Kinchla led the Little East in goals, points, and game-winning goals, Stephens was fifth in goals and seventh in points, Treat finished tied for fifth in assists, and Golden ranked second in goals-against average and third in save percentage and led the conference in shutouts.
"Seana had a tremendous season, she was a silent leader who did her job very well," said Castonguay. "(Assistant Coach) Temple (Mitchell) was the goalie coach, and she really helped Seana develop. Seana played against two top five teams this year and did a fantastic job. She is a big game player, and she thrives on big games. Kylie was a strong, consistent player for us all year. She is not always the player who gets the most notice, but she gets the ball, and sets up a lot of things that people don't always recognize. It's good to see her get recognized without scoring a ton of goals. Steph has a nose for the goal. She played at the Division I level, and she came here and helped the players around here become better. She causes us to get a lot of corners, and having someone who can score helped our confidence. Rebecca has been the true heart of the team. She was a leader, and helped the team get pumped up. She is a positive leader who will be missed tremendously, and she was an extension of the coaching staff."
"Nicki being named Coach of the Year is well deserved," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "She not only has worked extremely hard at building an excellent squad, but also has succeeded in getting the best out of them."
"The Coach of the Year award represents the three of us, myself, Temple, and (Assistant Coach) Michael (Pallister)," said Castonguay. "This is an extremely workable coaching staff. Temple helps me with the goalies and with organizing. Michael grew up with field hockey, and his dad played at the highest level. In order to receive an award like this, you have to have a team that's coachable. We had a special team this year."
UMass Dartmouth finished with a 16-6 record and advanced to the semi-finals of the Little East Conference post-season tournament.