ATLANTA (Nov. 12, 2019) - The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) has announced the 2019 All-SAA Field Hockey awards. The award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head field hockey coaches and conference office.
Savannah Elpers of Centre won the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award. Caroline Brotzge of Centre was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year while Concordia freshman Lorri Pitock captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, after leading Centre to a nationally-ranking and an unbeaten record Jenelle Anthony was named the SAA Coach of the Year.
Elpers led the conference in goals (19) and points (42) while ranking seventh in assists and third in shots. Playing with a balance attacked, Elpers netted three game-winning goals and scored in 10 of Centre's 19 matches.
Additionally, she scored multiple goals in a single match five times. That included a hat trick against Sewanee and four goals in a victory at DePauw.
On the opposite side of the field, Brotzge was outstanding. The senior led a Colonel defense that allowed opponents to score only an average of 0.54 goals per match. Centre's defense allowed only 10 goals all season.
Additionally, Brotzge also scored 10 goals and led the league in assists with 18. She also posted one defensive save and finished second behind only Elpers in points.
In her first season of collegiate field hockey, Pitock was tied for second in assists (6) and helped lead CUW to its best-ever SAA finish.
Finally, Anthony led Centre to its most successful season in program history. The Colonels earned their highest-ever regular-season national ranking and swept the SAA Regular Season and Tournament championships. Centre's 18 wins are the most in program history. The Colonels led the conference in goals, shots, shot percentage, shots per game, assists, corners, and goals-against average.