University of Mary Washington senior forward Josh Kirkland has been named Coast To Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.
Kirkland leads the conference with 10 goals and ranks ninth nationally in Division III with 1.0 goals per game. He is joined on the all-C2C first team by UMW sophomore forward Carter Berg and senior defenseman Jacob Kautzman. The Eagles placed senior midfielder Abel Luwis and senior goalkeeper Griffin Hemmindinger in the second team.
The second-seeded Eagles (9-4-2) will face host Salisbury or Wisconsin-Platteville in Friday’s C2C tournament semifinals.
Women’s football : UMW freshman hitter Kaitlyn Venzen was named C2C Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team.
Venzen, a Massaponax High School graduate, leads the Eagles with 10 goals entering the C2C tournament. UMW senior striker Amanda Krest has been named to the all-C2C first team, and midfielders Eliza Franklin and Hope Grzebien and defender Mikaela O’Fallon join Venzen in the second team.
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The third-seeded Eagles took on Finlandia (Mich.) in the first round of the C2C tournament on Thursday night at Newport News.
Volleyball: UMW senior middle hitter Krista Rodgers was named C2C Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was joined on the all-conference first team by junior Jordan Lyons. Eagles sophomore Chloe Crosen was a second-team selection.
Going into this weekend’s C2C tournament, Rodgers leads UMW with a 0.387 strike average and 0.86 blocks per set. She also has a 3.93 cumulative grade point average as a business administration major.
Lyons leads the Eagles with 341 kills and 440 digs. Crosen has 231 kills and a .283 hitting average.
UMW hosts the C2C Tournament at the Ron Rosner Arena. The Eagles play their opener Friday at 6:30 p.m. The final is scheduled for Saturday.
Field hockey: UMW junior striker Emma Bernard and graduate student midfielder Sydney Keating were all-C2C first-team picks.
Bernard, a graduate of Chancellor High School, shares the conference lead with 16 goals this season. Keating had five, including one in Wednesday’s 6-2 C2C Tournament semifinal loss to Christopher Newport.