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W&M Field Hockey Names Captains, Hands Out 2012 Awards
Updated: Sunday 04/29/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary field hockey team recently wrapped up its spring season with its annual Alumnae Day festivities and spring banquet.  In addition to picking the 2013 team captains, the Tribe handed out several team awards for the 2012 season.

Recognized for earning their first varsity letters were four athletes.  The requirements for a letter in field hockey includes participation in at least 50% of the team's contests, as well as significant contribution to the squad in loyalty, sportsmanship, teamwork, leadership, and general conduct.  The four athletes who earned their first letters this year included Cate Johnson (Charlottesville, Va.), Kayleigh Ross (McLean, Va.), Pippin Saunders (Mittagong, NSW), and Navneet Singh (Auckland, N.Z.).

Sophomore Kelsea Hull (Fredericksburg, Va.) was picked as the "Unsung Hero," the player who doesn't necessarily get awards but whose strong work ethic, attitude, and overall contribution makes you especially glad she's your teammate.  Hull appeared in 17 games last fall and started 13, all in the defensive half.  The Most Improved Award was shared between two players, redshirt-freshman Charlotte Mabon (Landenberg, Pa.) and freshman Peyton Smith (Richmond, Va.).  Mabon appeared in seven games as a reserve midfielder while Smith redshirted her first fall, but both impressed the coaches and teammates in practices throughout the year.  Junior Taylor Hodge (Louisville, Ky.) was nominated to and accepted by Chi Alpha Sigma, the national athletics honor society.  Hodge was one of the team's leaders both in academics and on the stat sheet, earning NFHCA All-Academic honors and scoring three goals and two assists.

Graduating senior Maria Caro (Martinsville, N.J.) was named the Defensive MVP, the latest of several honors for her.  Caro scored two goals and two assists on the year, including game-winners over No. 11 Boston University and Miami that earned her CAA Player of the Week honors.  She was named first-team All-CAA and was invited to the NFHCA Senior All-Star game, as well as collecting second-team all-state and all-region accolades.

Saunders was named the Offensive MVP, after leading W&M with 22 points last fall.  The freshman from Australia was named to the CAA all-rookie team after scoring eight goals and six assists, and starting 18 of the Tribe's 19 contests.  Her 22 points is the most for a W&M freshman since 1980, and her six assists helped set the team record 44 helpers for the season.  Saunders was also named second-team all-state by VaSID.

Picked as the captains for the upcoming season were senior Chaney Manganello (Richmond, Va.) and redshirt-junior Jesse Ebner (Sinking Spring, Pa.).  The pair were the Tribe's mainstay in the defensive half last year, with Manganello starting every match and Ebner making the starting lineup in 18 of 19 contests.  Manganello scored the game-winning goal against Towson in overtime, and added five assists throughout the year.  Ebner scored two goals with the clincher against Liberty, and also had four helpers.

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