Dec. 16, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia field hockey senior Elly Buckley was named the 2013 VaSID State Player of the Year and midfielder Lucy Hyams was named the 2013 VaSID State Rookie of the Year in honors announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.
Buckley (Scarborough, Perth, Australia) and Hyams (Whitstable, Kent, England) were also named to the VaSID All-State First Team. Senior sweeper Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was named to the VaSID All-State Second Team.
Buckley, who also earned All-American honors and was a first-team All-ACC honoree this season, led the ACC in shots (140), shots per game (6.67), points (49), points per game (2.33), goals (20), goals per game (0.95) and defensive saves (6).
Buckley finished her Virginia career ranked third on the Cavalier career points list with 182 points, fourth in career goals with 73, seventh in career assists with 36 and fourth in career defensive saves with 11.
Hyams, the ACC Freshman of the Year who also earned second-team All-ACC and second-team All-South Region honors, had 11 assists this season, ranking her fifth in the conference, the only freshman ranked in the top-10 in the ACC in assists. Hyams finished her rookie campaign with five goals, giving her 21 points.
Vittese, a second-team All-ACC and second-team All-Region honoree, helped to lead Virginia to six shutouts this season. Vittese made the game-deciding shot in the sudden-death penalty shot in the 2-1 victory over Richmond (Sept. 11).
2013 VaSID University Division All-State Field Hockey Team
Natalie Barr, Liberty
Serena Barr, Liberty
Rebecca Barry, Richmond
Elly Buckley, Virginia
Amy Cooke, Richmond
Stacey de Grandhomme, Longwood
Lucy Hyams, Virginia
Christy Longacre, Old Dominion
Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion
Rosario Villagra, Old Dominion
Anna Zarkoski, Richmond
Chelsea Davies, Richmond
Stephanie DeMasi, VCU
Amy Goldstein, James Madison
Taylor Hodge, W&M
Ann Jefferis, Liberty
Hannah Jones, Liberty
Samantha Ostoich, Richmond
Pippin Saunders, W&M
Emilie Soares, VCU
Carissa Vittese, Virginia
Alayana Versage, Radford
Taylor West, JMU
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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