Mollenhauer wins third Hoffman Award as U SPORTS Field Hockey Player of the Year — Women’s Field Hockey — U SPORTS

TORONTO — Veteran University of Victoria defenseman Anna Mollenhauer became the first three-time winner of the Liz Hoffman Award as U SPORTS Women’s Field Hockey Player of the Year on Thursday at the 2022 U SPORTS Women’s Field Hockey Championship in Victoria, B.C.

Other big winners at Thursday’s banquet include the Isabelle Greenwho won the Joyce Slipp Award as U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, Frankie Saint Louis from York University, which received the Gail Wilson Award for Community Involvement, Lelia Sacre who was named U SPORTS Referee of the Year and Lynne Beecroft who won the Fox 40 U SPORTS Coach of the Year Award and the Marina Van Der Merwe Trophy.

MOLLENHAUER WINS THIRD LIZ HOFFMAN PRIZE

Anna Mollenhauer has won the title of top college field hockey player in Canada for the third time in her storied career after winning the award in 2018 and 2021. The fifth-year defenseman helped guide the Vikes to an undefeated record of 7-0-1 in 2022, recording eight goals and helping the Vikes defense to five shutouts. A versatile asset on the pitch, Mollenhauer was effective in stopping opponents in their circle while creating his own scoring chances, setting his team up for success.

The Victoria Vike helped her team win four conference championship titles during her time at school, in addition to being a three-time All-Canadian and Top 8 Academic All-Canadian. Mollenhauer is also a member of Field Hockey Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team.

GREEN WINS JOYCE SLIPP AWARD AS BEST FIRST-YEAR PLAYER

Isabella Green came to the Calgary Dinos after a successful individual performance at the FHC U18 National Championship, where she was co-captain of a British Columbia team based on Vancouver Island. His tireless work ethic, two-way effectiveness on the court and demonstrated leadership over the summer transitioned perfectly into his first season with the Dinos.

Usually a striker or midfielder, Green has slipped into one of the toughest defensive positions on the pitch, at left back. Tasked with dealing with the opponent’s strongest and often fastest forwards attacking on their forehand, Green seemed out of phase. Starting and playing nearly every minute of every game was a testament to Green’s strength and fitness heading into the Canada West season, and his fearless and courageous nature made him a key cog in the Dinos defense.

Green has competed against the best, playing against the best players, many of whom have come through the recent Canadian Junior World Cup and NextGEN cycles with confidence. On-court demeanor that carries maturity and experience is something any coach would appreciate for a rookie entering the backline, and that’s what Green has delivered.

LOUIS RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE, WINS GAIL WILSON AWARD

Frankie St. Louis’ name can be found all over York field hockey during her varsity tenure and she crowns her Lions career as the Gail Wilson Outstanding Contributor selection for the 2022 season.

On the field, the dynamic defender scored 10 goals, netting nine of those goals in two games earlier in the season against McGill as part of a record slate of games for York. His impact went beyond the scoresheet, providing leadership for a young Lions team as they compete for a U SPORTS championship this weekend.

St. Louis, a kinesiology and health sciences major, also helped with York Sport Council’s transition, acting as a mentor for the new executive council as outgoing president. Outside of the Lions athletic department, the former All-Canadian and 2019 York MVP also served as an assistant coach and team manager with the Ontario U16 team last summer while interning with Deloitte.

BEECROFT WINS FOX 40 U SPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

For the second time in an illustrious 39-year career, Victoria Vikes bench manager Lynne Beecroft has been named the 2022 recipient of the Marina van der Merwe Award, iconic Fox 40 U SPORTS Coach of the Year.

Beecroft led the Victoria Vikes to four consecutive undefeated seasons in Canada West and three U SPORTS titles. In his time with UVic, Beecroft guided the Vikes to 35 U SPORTS national championship appearances, winning 14 McCrae Cups. His Vikes host the York Lions this weekend in the best of three U SPORTS Championship Series.

RECOGNIZED REFEREE OF THE YEAR

Veteran international referee Lelia Sacré is the 2022 U SPORTS Referee of the Year. Sacré is a member of the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Elite Panel of Female Referees and has represented Canada as a member of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, her second after the 2018 Gold Coast Games. Sacred has been a steward of the refereeing world, championing education, certification and community development for referees in British Columbia, while while also being a member of the Board of Directors of Field Hockey BC. Sacré brings his calm, professional demeanor to the field in every game and prepares the U SPORTS officiating brief and provides mentorship to fellow Canada West officials.

1ST ALL CANADIAN TEAM

  • Rebecca Carvalho, Toronto
  • Isabelle Green, Calgary
  • Payten Lang, Western
  • Chloe Langkammer, Victoria
  • Sam McCrory, Toronto
  • Anna MollenhauerVictoria
  • Hannah Rumble, UBC
  • Francis St. Louis, York
  • Nora StruchtrupVictoria
  • Serena Uppal, McMaster
  • Aby Warriner, Guelph

Catherine J. Martinez