RICHMOND, Va. – VCU has been picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Field Hockey Poll and the Rams placed two members on the Preseason All-Conference Team. The A-10 Preseason Poll and Preseason All-Conference Team were selected by the league's nine head coaches and announced on Tuesday afternoon.
McNamara, a junior, is coming off a 2016 campaign in which she broke the VCU school record for points in a season with 45 and was selected to the A-10 All-Conference First Team. Bohmke, a senior, has been an impact player for the Rams and a defensive stalwart who has started all 54 games she has played in during her career at VCU.
The 2017 campaign will be the first under new head coach Stacey Bean who took over the reigns after serving as the head coach at Saint Francis (Pa.).
"We're excited to face the challenges of the upcoming season and look forward to getting our season underway. I'm also pleased that my colleagues in the A-10 have recognized the hard work and dedication of two of our student-athletes in their selection to the All-Conference Preseason Poll and I'm excited about our team," said Bean.
The Rams return five of their top six players in individual points from last season. As a team, the group returns 94 of the team's 114 points accumulated last season. VCU is coming off a 2016 campaign in which they finished 7-11 overall and 2-6 in Atlantic 10 play.
The Rams will open their season on Friday at 3 p.m. against Drexel at Cary Street Field.
2017 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Preseason Poll
(Number in parenthesis indicates first-place votes)
Massachusetts (6) 77
Saint Joseph's (2) 71
Richmond (1) 68
Lock Haven 43
Saint Francis 31
La Salle 28
Saint Louis 15
2017 A-10 Field Hockey Preseason All-Conference Team
Hannah Fisher, Davidson
Tamia Roach, Lock Haven
Sarah Hawkshaw, Massachusetts
Melanie Kreusch, Massachusetts
Megan Miller, Richmond
Brea Seabrook, Saint Francis
Pepa Serrano, Saint Joseph's
Anna Willocks, Saint Joseph's
Emily Mcnamara, VCU
Natalie Bohmke, VCU
Elizabeth Dyer, Saint Francis