Johnston, Hughes, Chamberlin highlight Field Hockey’s nine All-CAC honors

Johnston, Hughes, Chamberlin highlight Field Hockey’s nine All-CAC honors

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University field hockey team collected three of the major Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) awards and a conference-leading nine players picked up All-CAC honors, as announced by the league on Thursday.

Senior midfielder Arielle Johnston was named the CAC Player of the Year after tying for the conference lead in assists (10), finishing second in points (30) and tied for fourth in goals (10). Johnston was also selected for the All-CAC First Team for the second time in her career.

Fellow senior Jillian Hughes was tabbed as the CAC Defensive Player of the Year. This is the third time that Hughes has earned one of the CAC major awards after she received conference rookie of the year honors in 2016 and was named the CAC Player of the Year in 2018. Hughes anchored the Salisbury backline that had 11 shutouts during the regular season. The defense has given up only nine goals this season and one goal in CAC play. Hughes was also named to her fourth All-CAC First Team in her career.

It is the fourth-straight season that a Salisbury player was named the CAC Player of the Year. It is the program's 19th Player of the Year award

For the 18th time in her career, head coach Dawn Chamberlin was honored as the CAC Coach of the Year. Chamberlin coached Salisbury to a 16-1 overall record and a 5-0 record in the CAC to earn the top-seed in the conference tournament.

Seniors Tara Daddio, Sarah Jackson, Lindsey Elgin along with junior goalkeeper Dom Farrace joined Hughes and Johnston as honorees of the All-CAC First Team.

Daddio earned her second conference first-team honor after she tallied seven assists to rank fifth in the CAC. Daddio also notched 19 points and six goals on the season.

It is the second time that Jackson, Elgin and Farrace have each appeared on the All-CAC list. All three helped Salisbury become one of the best defenses in the nation. A two-time All-CAC First Team selection, Elgin registered a goal and an assist. Jackson notched four defensive saves during the 2019 season, good for a three-way tie for third in the league. Farrace leads the CAC and ranks fourth in Division III in goals-against average (0.52).

A trio of first-timers highlights the All-CAC Second Team for Salisbury. Senior Meghan Jolikko, junior Camryn Dennis and sophomore McKenzie Mitchell.

Mitchell tied for the team lead and sat in a tie for fourth in the conference with 10 goals during the regular season. Jolikko and Dennis each tallied seven goals this season to rank in the top-10 in the conference in goals. Dennis also handed out five assists while Jolikko added four helpers during the regular season.

Salisbury looks to capture their 22nd CAC Championship and the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament on Saturday when they host the CNU Captains in the final round of the CAC tournament. Game time at Sea Gull Stadium is at 2 p.m.

To view the rest of the All-CAC teams, click here.

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