Villa Maria’s championship field hockey team has received additional honors for 2014. The Daily Local News has named goalie Erika Miller its Player of the Year, and awarded coach Daan Polders its Coach of the Year title.
The newspaper also selected multiple Villa players for its All-Area Teams. Megan Vermeil, Abby Siana, and Amelia Iacobucci were named to the First Team. Samantha Hickey was named to the Second Team, and Alexa Ostoich received an Honorable Mention.
The newspaper cited Miller’s critical role in the Hurricanes’ outstanding season. “This past season, Miller was pressed into action, and called on to make saves far more often than in the past. She proved more than worthy, stopping 175 shots on the season, including 59 in post season games while posting a 91 percent save percentage.”
Coach Polders was named All-Area Field Hockey Coach of the Year, the paper said, “[f]or returning the Villa field hockey program to its rightful spot among the best in the state.”
“Working with the Villa Maria players has been a tremendous experience for me and it made me a better coach,” Polders told the Daily Local. “I want to learn every day to become a better coach and want to enjoy it. Thank you Villa players!”
Congratulations to everyone named to the All-Area Teams, and to the entire Villa Maria field hockey team for an outstanding season!