December 6th, 2010
Five Knights Earn Field Hockey Recognition
Bellarmine ladies land on All-American, All-Rookie teams
After helping the Bellarmine University field hockey team to its most successful season in the program's history, Lauren Schmeing and Rachael Walz earned 2nd team All-America honors while Madison Petit, Rachael McAllister, and Carrie Walker were named to the All-Rookie team by womensfieldhockey.com.
Walz led the team in goals scored (12) and points (35) this season and finished tied for the lead in assists (11). After transferring to Bellarmine from Miami (OH) University, she made an immediate impact getting a goal and two assists in her debut against Limestone College. Earlier this year she was named to the national honor roll by womensfieldhockey.com after racking up four goals and four assists in games against Depauw, Lindenwood, and Kenyon. Her 35 points in a season ties her for fourth place on Bellarmine's all-time list.
Schmeing was also one of the key components to a high powered offense for the Knights. She finished the season second in goals scored with 11 and tied Walz for the lead in assists with 11. She had two hat tricks during the season and had game winners against Lindenwood and Mercy.
After scroing nine goals and dishing out five assists, McAllister became one the Knights most versatile players. Arguably the team's best passer's, she took the majority of the team's penalty corners, often leading to goals. On. Sept. 22, McAllister came through in the clutch as she scored the game winning goal in the Knights 5-4 victory over the DePauw Tigers.
Petit burst onto the scene and gained the reputation as one the Knight's best defenders. Often matched up against the other team's best player, Petit would reak havoc on opposing players. She was the only member of the Knights to play and start in all 18 games.
While Walker made her mark on the defensive side of the field, she also chipped in on the offense as she had one goal and two assists on the season. Starting all 17 games that she played in, her and Petit will form a tough defensive line for years to come.
The Knights finished the season with an 15-3 record and climbed as high as No. 7 in the NFCHA Coaches Poll. The team set school records for wins in a season, winning percentage, and assists in a season.