ATLANTA (Nov. 6, 2018) - The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has announced the 2018 All-SAA Field Hockey awards. The award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head field hockey coaches and conference office.
Hailey Mules of Rhodes won the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award. Allyson Benz of Transylvania was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year while Concordia freshman Megan McPike captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, after leading Rhodes to a 10-3 record and a 4-1 mark in SAA action, Lindsay Kasten was named the SAA Coach of the Year.
Mules was outstanding leading the conference in goals, assists, and points. The Lynx forward finished with 24 goals, 15 assists for a total of 63 points. She is the SAA all-time leader in season goals, points, goals in a game and has also tied the record for assists in a season. She currently leads all NCAA Division III players in points per game (4.20) and is second in goals per game (1.60). She also ranks second in assists per game (1.00).
Benz, now a four-time All-SAA selection, led the conference in saves (232), minutes (1132:30), and save per match. She also ranked third in save percentage (.748). McPike was named SAA Newcomer of the Week was the top freshman offensive threat. McPike ranked fifth in goals (17), 19th in assists (2), and sixth in points (36). McPike also led the conference in game-winning goals with seven scores.
Finally, along with leading Rhodes to the 2018 SAA Championship, Kasten guided Rhodes to its second highest goals' mark in program history. The Lynx outscored their opponents 72-13 while winning their last four matches. Rhodes also led the conference in goals, shot percentage, shots per game, assists while ranking second in corners and shots on goal.