HARRISONBURG, Va., April 19, 2012 – The James Madison field hockey team held its team banquet last weekend, honoring the effort and achievements of the 2011 season. The banquet was held in the Bridgeforth Stadium Club Level and included highlights from the 2011 season as well as honoring the team’s two graduating seniors, Lindsay Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) and Margo Savage (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne).
The team focused on its top-four finish in the Colonial Athletic Association as well as the growth and perseverance shown by a young and developing squad. The group found a way to connect and pull together as a group and collectively grasped onto the belief of team was stronger than individuals. The team’s performance was heavily affected by their individual and team character. Multiple players faced adversity, gave immense effort and really invested in JMU field hockey. The team awards characterized what many displayed and what the team wants to emphasize in the years to come.
The 2011 team awards included:
JMU Hockey Award
The JMU Hockey Award was voted on by the team as was presented to senior back Lindsay Cutchins for being a great teammate and representing JMU hockey with pride.
The 360 Award is presented to the player who performance the best in all areas. Junior midfielder Jenna Taylor (Midlothian, Va./James River) earned the award for her work on the field, in the classroom, in the weight room, in fitness testing and by following the hockey handbook.
Bull Dog Award
Presented to freshman midfielder Jade Saylor (Liverpool, Pa./Greenwood) for being dedicated, loyal and being willing to run through a brick wall for JMU field hockey. Saylor came to practice ready to compete and went 100-percent whether it was game day or practice sessions. Whether she was starting or subbing off the bench her effort was consistently high.
Awarded to junior back Sam Smiertka (Townsend, Del./St. Thomas More) a junior captain that had to overcome an intense injury and was sidelined the entire year. She had to overcome her own adversity and still was able to lead and contribute to the team dynamic. She did everything she could in the moment and is back training with the team during the spring.
The team also celebrated some its history during the night with a video presentation honoring all of the All-Americans in school history. The theme of the night was Past, Present, Future. The team is looking to reconnect with some of its alumni and if you’d like to be in contact, email either Associate Head Coach Lynn Farquhar or Assistant Coach Baillie Versfeld with your information.
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