Watertown, Massachusetts, senior All-America earns Longstreth/NFHCA East Region Player of the Year honors for second straight year
Named Division II Offensive Player of the Year by Synapse Sports
EASTON, Mass. (December 8, 2015) – Stonehill College senior All-America forward Erika Kelly (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) has collected two more Player of the Year honors as the postseason awards season for field hockey is in full swing.
Kelly, who became the program's first Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year this season, has been named the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II East Region Player of the Year for the second straight year, and has also collected Division II Offensive Player of the Year honors from Synapse Sports for the first time. Kelly was the first Stonehill field hockey player to collect regional player of the year honors when she was named the award recipient as a junior.
Kelly, the first three-time first team All-American in program history, is also one of two student-athletes in program history to collect first team All-NE-10 honors three years. She was the top scorer in Division II this fall with 65 points, scoring a Division II high 27 goals to go with 11 assists to rank third nationally. Kelly scored a team-high four gamewinning goals, led Stonehill to its second straight NE-10 Tournament Championship and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. She posted five goals and an assist for 11 points during the Skyhawks three NE-10 Tournament wins, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win at Assumption College in the championship, including the walk off game winner off a penalty corner after time had expired.
Kelly, who earned All-Tournament Team honors for both the NE-10 and NCAA Championships, posted the second-highest single-game goal and point totals in program history behind her NE-10 record 38 goal season as a sophomore when she scored a program-record 78 points, while her career-best 11 assists this fall ranks fourth all-time in program history. She collected NE-10 Player of the Week honors four times this season, finishing her career with the weekly award nine times.
Kelly capped her Stonehill career as one of just five players in Division II history to eclipse 200 points, finishing third all-time with 217. Her 98 career goals is a Northeast-10 record, surpassing the previous mark of 92 by Sammy Macy of UMass Lowell (2007-10), and rank second all-time in Division II history. She also finished her career ranked seventh in program history with 21 assists, while her 19 career game-winners is a school record, potting a record ten as a sophomore. Kelly finished her career with 38 multi-point games, including 28 multi-goal outings, in 81 career games played. She has collected NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll status, and was selected to the NE-10's All-Rookie Team as a freshman.
Stonehill finished its 2015 season with a 14-7 record overall, including 9-3 in NE-10 play, before going on to win the program's third NE-10 Tournament crown and earn the seventh NCAA Tournament bid in program history.