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Field Hockey's Kenney Named All-BIG EAST First Team, Swoboda to Second Team
Kayla Kenney named to 2014 All-BIG EAST First Team.
Nov. 5, 2014

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Two Wildcats were named to the All-BIG EAST Field Hockey Teams on Wednesday afternoon. Junior Kayla Kenney (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) made the All-BIG EAST First Team while senior captain Jessica Swoboda (Hanover Township, Pa./Wyoming Seminary) earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. The news was released via a conference press release.

Kenney became the first Wildcat to be named to the first team since Megan Foster in 2006. The junior forward was one of five `Cats on the 2014 team with a double-digit point total. Kenney ranked tied for first on the squad with 12 points on four goals and four assists. Her four assists also placed her top among Villanova while her four goals were tied for second. She also led the team with 26 shots on goal.

To date, Kenney has 35 career points in 53 games with nine goals and 17 assists. She has attempted 83 shots across three years with 60 on target.

"We are so happy Kayla received this recognition," said Villanova field hockey head coach Joanie Milhous. "She is such a talented player and we value her so much on the field. She is always such a major threat when she has the ball."

Swoboda led the team with six goals and tied Kenney with 12 points to conclude her senior campaign en route to being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. The senior captain took a team-high 51 shots and converted a perfect 4-for-4 on penalty strokes while also adding two defensive saves to her credit.

"Jess is such a dedicated, hard-working individual that truly deserves this award," said Milhous. "It is really nice to see the conference coaches recognize Jess's talents as well. We are so happy for her."



Swoboda ends her collegiate career at Villanova with 68 career points on 23 goals and 22 assists. She started all 73 games for the Wildcats over the past four seasons while taking 176 shots. Swoboda will leave Villanova ninth in assists all-time. She also ranked in the top-3 for VU point total in all four of her years on the Main Line. The senior will graduate in the spring as a double major in English and Humanities.

Last season, current senior Maddy Harding (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks) was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. In total, the Wildcats have had 10 total players earn 13 conference first-team honors and 26 Wildcats earn 38 second-team awards.

2014 All-BIG EAST First Team^
Daniella Bernasconi, Providence, Sr., F
Sophie Bowden, Connecticut, Jr., F/M
Sarah Breen, Old Dominion, Jr., M*
Chrissy Davidson, Connecticut, Sr., M*
Kayla Kenney, Villanova, Jr., F/M
Nicole Kroener, Temple, Sr., M
Kate Malone, Providence, Grad., M*
Anna Middendorf, Connecticut, So. , B
Lizzy Millen, Temple, Sr., GK
Kelsey Smither, Old Dominion, Sr., M*
Henni Tietze, Providence, Sr., B
Roisin Upton, Connecticut, Jr., B*
Rosario Villagra, Old Dominion, Sr., F*
Amber Youtz, Temple, Sr., F*
^extra members were added due to a tie in voting
*unanimous selection

2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team
Olivia Bolles, Connecticut, So., B/M
Megan Byas, Old Dominion, So., B
Deidra Clymer, Providence, Sr., GK
Alyssa Delp, Temple, Jr., M
Katy Fuhrman, Old Dominion, R-Sr., F
Aliyah Graves-Brown, Georgetown, So., F
Megan Hamilton, Providence, Fr., F
Nina Klein, Connecticut, R-Fr., GK
Jessica Swoboda, Villanova, Sr., F/M
Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Fr., F
Caitlin Walsh, Old Dominion, R-Jr., M

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year
Amber Youtz, Temple, Sr., F

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Roisin Upton, Connecticut, Jr., B*

BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Fr., F

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year

*unanimous selection