April 26, 2013
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Senior center Hannah Ishida (Honolulu, Hawaii) and freshman driver Naomi Ng (Kapolei, Hawaii) were each named all-conference selections on Friday evening, as the MAAC presented its postseason awards on the night before play begins in the conference tournament. Ishida garnered a spot on the All-MAAC First Team and is also one of 10 student-athletes from Villanova to be named to the MAAC All-Academic squad. Ng is a second team all-conference pick.
During the regular season Ishida was a top player for the Wildcats, leading the team with 28 assists for the year while ranking second on the squad with 44 goals and third with 72 points. She was also a dominant defensive presence and tallied team-high totals of 91 ejections drawn and 15 blocked shots to go along with 38 steals.
In the final match of the regular season Villanova went to overtime against Siena and an eventual 11-10 victory secured the Wildcats spot in the four-team MAAC Championship this weekend. Ishida drew four ejections and made two steals in that win over the Saints, while also scoring a goal and registering two assists.
Ng also played a starring role for Villanova this season. She finished the year with 31 goals, 13 assists and 44 points while ranking second behind Ishida with 47 ejections drawn. Ng also made 38 steals for the year.
The academic team selections from the Wildcats included Ishida, senior driver Maria Campanile (Burr Ridge, Ill.), junior utility Sadie Dutcher (Pasadena, Calif.), sophomore driver Callan Edwards (Oxnard, Calif.), sophomore utility/driver Sarah Kesack (Harleysville, Pa.), senior driver Erin Malone (Sydney, Australia), senior Lauren Peachey (Harleysville, Pa.), senior driver Julia Penkal (Harleysville, Pa.), sophomore utility Elaine Resso (Modesto, Calif.) and senior driver Emily Ryan (Chicago, Ill.).
A total of 42 student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team and Villanova accounted for nearly one quarter of that total with its league-high 10 selections. In order to be eligible to the All-Academic Team a student-athlete must have completed at least two semesters at their institution while maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20.
The MAAC Championship begins on Saturday afternoon and the No. 4 seed Wildcats will face No. 1 seed Wagner in a semifinal match beginning at 3 p.m. The first semifinal match on Saturday pits No. 2 seed Iona against No. 3 seed and host Marist starting at 1 p.m.