ATLANTA (Nov. 6, 2017) - The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has announced the 2017 All-SAA Field Hockey awards. The award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head field hockey coaches.
Hayley Barker of Centre won the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award. Daryl Perry of Rhodes was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year while Concordia freshman Callie Neumann captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, after leading Centre to 15-4 record and a 5-1 mark in SAA action, Jenelle Anthony was named the SAA Coach of the Year.
Despite missing a few matches due to an injury, Barker was still the top offensive player in the SAA. Over the 17 matches she played in, Barker ranked third in goals scored (16), 12th in assists (4), and sixth in total shots (58). She was also second in the conference in game-winning goals (6). A two-time SAA Offensive Player of the Week winners this fall, Barker ranked among the league leaders in conference matches in goals, assists, points, shots, shot percentage, and game-winning goals.
Along with leading Rhodes to another SAA Regular Season Championship, Perry was outstanding as a defender. Rhodes led the conference in fewest goals allowed (19) while the Lynx ranked second in goals-against average (1.11). The Lynx and Perry also allowed the fewest shots in the conference. Additionally, due to Perry and a strong backline, Rhodes allowed the second-fewest shots to reach its goalkeeper.
In Concordia's first season in the SAA, Neumann played a large role in the midfield. She posted two goals and two assists while firing 10 shots. She also added two game-winning goals which ranked sixth overall in the conference. Along with being a strong offensive player, Neumann helped Concordia to a 2-4 conference record with wins over Ferrum and Transylvania.
Finally, Anthony earned the league's Coach of the Year award for the fifth straight season. Under her leadership, Centre finished second in the SAA regular season standings. The Colonels won 78 percent of their contests in 2017 while leading the league in shots on goal and assists. Centre also led the conference in goals scored overall (70) and in conference-only play (28).