Salisbury's Johnston Named Player of the Year to Lead 2019 All-CAC Field Hockey Teams
Salisbury's Johnston Named Player of the Year to Lead 2019 All-CAC Field Hockey Teams

CAC -- Capital Athletic Conference champion Salisbury swept the top two awards and place a conference-leading nine players on the 2019 All-CAC team. Sea Gull senior midfield Arielle Johnston claimed CAC Player of the Year honors, while her teammate senior back Jillian Hughes garnered CAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades. 

Johnston becomes the fourth straight and 18th Salisbury player overall to win the conference's top honor as CAC Player of the Year. The senior, who was also named an All-CAC first team selection for the second straight year, has posted 10 goals and 10 assists this season on 64 shots to lead the Sea Gulls to an unbeaten 5-0 CAC record.

Hughes rounds out her impressive career as the CAC Defensive Player of the Year after anchoring the Salisbury backfield who allowed just one goal in conference play. Hughes, who earns her third straight first team All-CAC honor, was also the 2018 CAC Player of the Year and the 2016 CAC Rookie of the Year.

Abby Asuncion becomes the third Christopher Newport player to be named CAC Rookie of the Year after Brittan Muir (2015) and Courtney Fiest (2017) also accomplish the feat. Asuncion led the league with nine goals in conference matches and seven game-winning scores overall.

Mary Washington's Meredith LeBel was selected as the sport's inaugural CAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient after the senior defender has posted quite the resume both inside the classroom and on the playing field. A biology major, she has been recognized in the past as part of the NFHCA All Academic Squad and was named a Zag/NFHCA Athlete of Distinction.

Salisbury head coach Dawn Chamberlin and her staff earned CAC Coaching Staff of the Year accolades for the 18th time in her career. She has now earned this recognition 18 times in the 29-year history of the award. 


2019 CAC Player of the Year: Arielle Johnston, Salisbury
2019 CAC Defensive Player of the Year: Jillian Hughes, Salisbury
2019 CAC Rookie of the Year: Abby Asuncion, Christopher Newport
2019 CAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Meredith LeBel, Mary Washington (Sr., Def., Gloucester, Va.)
2019 CAC Coaching Staff of the Year: Salisbury, led by Dawn Chamberlin (18th time)

2019 All-CAC Field Hockey First Team

NAME YR. POS. TEAM HOMETOWN/HS PREVIOUS ALL-CAC HONORS
Abby Asuncion Fr. For Christopher Newport Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls  
Tara Daddio Sr. For Salisbury Magnolia, Del. / Caesar Rodney 1st in '18
Courtney Fiest Jr. For Christopher Newport Yorktown, Va./Tabb 1st in '18, 2nd in '17
Lauren Hopkins Sr. For Mary Washington Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville 1st in '18, 2nd in '17, 1st in '16
Rachel Cooke Sr. Mid Christopher Newport Vienna, Va./James Madison 1st in '18, 2nd in '17, 2nd in '16
Sarah Jackson Sr. Mid Salisbury Forest Hill, Md. / North Harford 2nd in '18
Arielle Johnston Sr. Mid Salisbury Crisfield, Md./Crisfield 1st in '18, 1st in '17
Dana Meehling Jr. Mid York Monkton, Md./Hereford 1st in '18, 2nd in '17
Amanda Boclair Sr. Back York Malvern, Pa.  
Lindsey Elgin Sr. Back Salisbury Chestertown, Md./Kent County 1st in '18, 1st in '17
Jillian Hughes Sr. Back Salisbury Andover, Mass./Andover 1st & POY in '18, 1st in '17, 1st & ROY in '16
Bailey Miller Sr. Back Christopher Newport Glouchester, Va.  
Dom Farrace Jr. GK Salisbury Pocomoke, Md.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 All-CAC Field Hockey Second Team

NAME YR. POS. TEAM HOMETOWN/HS PREVIOUS ALL-CAC HONORS
Meghan Jolikko Sr. For Salisbury Middletown, Del./Middletown  
Celina Kaufman Fy. For St. Mary's Queenstown, Md./Kent Island  
McKenzie Mitchell So. For Salisbury Pocomoke, Md.  
Abby Piotrowski Fr. For York Easton, Pa./Northampton  
Lexie Dixson Sr. Mid Mary Washington Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove 2nd in '18, 2nd in '17, 2nd in '16
Meghan Heary Sr. Mid York Chester Springs, Pa./Bishop Shanahan  
Meghan Ronan Jr. Mid St. Mary's Odenton, Md./Arundel  
Marcella Sabbagh Fr. Mid Christopher Newport Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen  
Sophie Carlson So. Back St. Mary's Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright  
Camryn Dennis Jr. Back Salisbury Harrington, Del.  
Izzy Diz So. Back Christopher Newport Alexandria, Va.  
Jackie Smith Jr. Back Mary Washington Parsippany, N.J.  
Kelbey Egerland Sr. GK St. Mary's Bel Air, Md.