GILBERT, AZ – Three members of the Johns Hopkins field hockey team have been named to the 2017 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-South Teams. Junior Grace Hillman was named to the first team while senior Clare Kavanagh and sophomore Jodie Baris were named to the second team.
Hillman, Kavanagh and Baris are the first Blue Jays to earn all-region honors since 2014. Hopkins has now produced 56 NFHCA All-Region selections, including 31 first team honorees. The Blue Jays’ three selections are the most since 2011. The three JHU selections are also tied for the most in the Centennial Conference.
The 2017 Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Hillman earns all-region honors for the first time in her career. She is the first JHU player to earn First Team NFHCA All-South honors since Amy Wharton and Kim Stein in 2011. Hillman totaled four points (1g, 2a) and one defensive save and anchored a defense that ranked second in the Centennial Conference in goals against average (1.08), shutouts (8) and save percentage (.828).
Kavanagh led the Blue Jay offense with a career-best 13 goals, five assists and 31 points. She was tied for the league lead in game-winning goals, ranked second in goals and points and was tied for third in assists. A First Team All-Centennial selection, she earns all-region honors for the first time. Kavanagh ended her career ranked in the top 20 in school history in points (18th • 56), goals (16th • 22) and assists (20th • 12).
Baris becomes the first Blue Jay keeper to earn all-region honors since Zoey Atabek in 2014. She is also the first sophomore to do so since Wharton in 2009. She is one of just four sophomores (of 32) on the All-South teams. Baris led the Centennial in save percentage (.843) and goals allowed (14) while ranking second in goals against average (0.94) and wins (12). Her goals against average and save percentage are the best by a Blue Jay since 2001. Nationally, Baris ranked third in save percentage and 15th in goals against average.