Sacred Heart University junior field hockey goalkeeper Hailey Power was named the 2019 Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. The honor, along with the All-NEC teams were announced at the pre-Tournament banquet in Staten Island, Thursday night.
Power, a native of Bear, Del., has made a career-best 169 saves this season and enters the NEC Tournament third in the nation at 8.89 saves per game. Her efforts have the Pioneers ranked atop the nation with 10.47 saves per game. Power leads the NEC in saves per game and save percentage (.786). Last season, Power earned All-MAAC Second Team honors.
Kelly, a native of South Windsor, Conn., is the national leader in defensive saves, making 13 during the regular season. She has started all 19 games the Pioneers have played this season. Kelly has also contributed offensively this season, with two goals and two assists, for six points. She now has 15 career defensive saves and eight points.
Koellner, a Feasterville, Pa. native, started all 19 games for the Pioneers this fall. She has scored twice and handed out three assists, good for seven points. The accolade is the first postseason recognition for Koellner.
McAninley, a Sewell, N.J. native, earns Second Team honors for the second consecutive award. She scored a team-best five goals, and with her assist, is tied for the team-lead with 11 points. She notched the game-winning goal in overtime against St. Francis U and again in the victory over Lehigh.
SHU is the fourth-seed in the NEC Tournament and will take on top-seeded Fairfield University at 11:30 am Friday. The semifinal will air live on NECFrontRow, with Craig D'Amico on the call. Second-seeded Rider University takes on the number-three seed LIU at 2:30 Friday and the semifinal winners will face-off Sunday at noon for the championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.