GILBERT, Ariz. - VCU Field Hockey senior forward Emily McNamara was named a Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Second Team All-American after a record-setting 2018 season in which she led the nation in goals with 27.
McNamara's distinction is the highest individual honor in program history and she became just the third VCU Field Hockey student-athlete to earn an NFHCA All-American distinction. VCU Athletics Hall of Fame member Alycia Yoder Wood was named to the NFHCA All-American Third Team in 1993 and Chelly Chamberlin earned Honorable Mention honors in 1988. Marle van Dessel was named a Second Team All-American by the now discontinued WomensFieldHockey.com in 2010.
McNamara led the country in goals in 2018 as she scored a program record 27 in 19 games. She also led the country in goals per game, scoring at a rate of 1.42 per contest. Her average of 3.00 points per game ranked second nationally and her 57 total points on the season led the Atlantic 10.
"It goes without saying that this is a incredible honor for Emily. It also a tremendous honor and recognition for her teammates and for our program," said head coach Stacey Bean.
She was named to the NFHCA All-South Region First Team as well as being named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year. McNamara also earned First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors for the third consecutive season.
McNamara earned the NFHCA National Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19 and was named the A-10 Player or Co-Player of the Week four times in 2018. She also was selected for and played in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game on Nov. 16.
McNamara finished her career holding the VCU school record in career goals with 75, shattering the previous mark of 53 set by Kelsey Scherrer (2009-13). She also set new VCU marks for total points in a career with 177 while breaking her own school records of goals in a season with 27 and total points in a season with 57.
McNamara helped VCU reach its first A-10 Championship match and the Rams posted a 7-1 record in the A-10 in 2018. The seven wins are a program record for conference wins in a season.
VCU also beat two ranked opponents during the regular season in 2018 NCAA Field Hockey Semifinalist Wake Forest as well as then-No. 11 Old Dominion. McNamara scored twice, including the game-winning goal, in the 3-1 win over the Demon Deacons and scored once in the 3-2 victory at ODU.