Kenyon sophomore Sarah Metzmaier (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) was joined by Denison junior Abby Scully (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day School) and Big Red sophomore Rachel Kelsey (Louisville, KY/Louisville Collegiate) as the Players of the Year to highlight the 2019 All-North Coast Athletic Conference field hockey selections.
Metzmaier, the 2019 NCAC Offensive Player of the Year, was one of the conference's most lethal threats up top this season as she tied for a league-leading 36 points (1.89 ppg). The forward also tied for the most goals with 16 while contributing four assists. The sophomore fired off 74 shots during the season, including 49 that were on goal for a .662 shots-on-goal percentage. Metzmaier also scored five game winners, four of which were tallied against conference opponents. The forward netted two or more goals in five games, and a season high three goals in a victory over Allegheny on Oct. 5.
Scully, who is a repeat selection on the All-NCAC first team, claimed the 2019 Midfielder of the Year honor after helping lead the Big Red to a near perfect 7-1 record in NCAC play. The junior scored six goals, including three game winners, while also tying for a league-best seven assists this season. The midfielder tallied the game-winning goal in 1-0 conference victories against Earlham on Oct. 23 and Wittenberg on Oct. 29.
Kelsey, the 2019 NCAC Defensive Player of the Year, has anchored a Denison defensive unit that allowed just nine goals through 19 games and 1142:45 minutes of action. The Big Red hold a league-low 0.47 goals-against-average and have posted 12 shutouts this season. Denison gave up only three goals in conference play for a miniscule 0.38 goals-against-average. Kelsey and the Big Red defense allowed no more than three shots on goal in eight games against conference opponents and captured their third-consecutive NCAC tournament title in 2019.
Kenyon senior midfielder Hannah Sklar (Oak Park, IL/Oak Park & River Forest) and DePauw senior forward Kate Milner (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs School) join Scully as two-time All-NCAC first-team members, while Milner also earned second team honors in 2016. Earlham junior forward Sofia Salvatore (Miami, FL/Coral Gables) and Ohio Wesleyan sophomore midfielder Astrid Koek (Hulsberg, Netherlands/Erasmus) have earned spots on the top team after being named to the second team a season ago, while Wittenberg junior midfielder Megan Niswonger (Dexter, MI/Dexter) elevates to the first-team after an honorable mention selection in 2018. In addition, Kelsey and Metzmaier were joined by Earlham sophomore goalkeeper Meg Murphy (Chico, CA/Chico Senior), Ohio Wesleyan freshman defender Cayla Homsher (Marietta, PA/Donegal) and Wooster senior defender Harriet Sudduth (Louisville, KY/Atherton) who all make their All-NCAC debut on the top team this season.
Homsher was named the 2019 NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the league's top player in her first year of collegiate competition. The rookie anchored a defensive unit that allowed just nine goals through 17 games and 1025:53 minutes of action for a 0.53 goals-against-average. Ohio Wesleyan gave up only three goals in conference action for a miniscule 0.38 goals-against-average and posted 11 shutouts this past season, eight of which were against NCAC opponents. The defender also contributed on the offensive side of the field for the Battling Bishops, scoring one goal and dishing out one assist for three points on the season. Homsher netted her lone goal in her first-ever collegiate game, a 4-0 victory at Houghton.
Finally, Ohio Wesleyan head coach Brenda Semit was voted the 2019 NCAC Field Hockey Coach of the Year for the first time in her career. She led the Battling Bishops to a share of the NCAC title this season with a near-perfect 7-1 mark in league play. Semit's squad led the league with 346 shots (20.4/game) and 182 penalty corners, while also ranking in the top-three with 39 goals (2.3/game), 26 assists, nine goals against and a 0.53 goals-against-average. Semit, who led her team to its best winning percentage, .765, since the 1995 season (.789), owns an overall record of 42-49 (.461) over her five years at OWU.