LANCASTER, PA – Johns Hopkins field hockey coach Jane Wells has been named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year and junior Grace Hillman has been voted the Defensive Player of the Year as announced by the conference office Tuesday morning. In addition, five Blue Jays earned All-Centennial Conference honors.
In her first season with the Blue Jays, Wells led Johns Hopkins to a 14-5 record and the Centennial Conference regular season championship with a 9-1 league record. This came after the Blue Jays won four conference games in 2016 and were picked to finish seventh this season. Hopkins’ 14 overall wins and nine league wins are the most since 2008 and 2007, respectively.
Hillman is the inaugural winner of the defensive player of the year award and also earned First Team All-CC honors. She led a defense that ranked second in the Centennial Conference in goals against average (1.08) and was tied for the league lead in shutouts (8). Hillman also totaled four points (1g, 2a) and one defensive save this season.
Kavanagh was a unanimous selection to the all-conference first team after posting career highs in goals (13), assists (5) and points (31) this season. She led the Blue Jays and ranked second in the league in all three categories. Kavanagh, who earns all-conference honors first the first time, finishes her career ranks 18th in school history in career points (56), 16th in career goals (22) and 20th in career assists (12).
Joining Hillman and Kavanagh on the first team is sophomore goalie Jodie Baris. She earns all-conference honors for the first time in her career and she is the first goalie to do so since Zoey Atabek in 2014. Baris leads the conference and ranks third in the nation in save percentage (.843). She also ranks second in the CC and 13th in the nation in goals against average (0.94) and is tied for second in shutouts (4). Her goals against average and save percentage are the best by a Blue Jay since 2001.
Senior Amy Hallowell earns Second Team All-CC honors for the first time in her career. She started all 19 games as part of a defense that was one of the best in the league. Hopkins ranks 23rd in the nation in goal against average and is tied for 12th in shutouts (8). Sophomore Katie McErlean received honorable mention accolades after earning second team honors a year ago. She finished fourth on the team in points (13) and tied for third in goals (6).
Hopkins has produced 90 All-Centennial Conference selections, since the league’s inception in 1993. Included in those 90 are 40 first team honorees, which is tied for second in conference history. The Blue Jays’ five all-conference selections this season are the most since 2007, while the three first team honorees are the most since 2011.
In addition to the five all-conference selections, senior Morgan Pothast has been named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. She is tied for the team lead in assists (5), ranks second in points (17) and tied for third in goals (6). Pothast ends her career ranked 14th in school history in points (60) and tied for ninth in goals (26).