Little Falls’ Sara Helmer is among three William Smith College Herons selected for the ECAC Mid-Atlantic All-Star Team.
Senior Annie Kietzman of Longmeadow, Mass. was named the ECAC Mid-Atlantic offensive player of the year, junior midfielder Melanie O’Connor of Stockholm, N.J., received defensive player of the year honors, and Helmer, a senior defender, earned a spot on the all-star team.
The leader of the Herons’ defense, Helmer led William Smith with three defensive saves as a senior and helped the team rank second in the Liberty League in goals against average at 1.71. Helmer also scored a goal and recorded an assist during a 6-1 conference win over St. Lawrence.
A second-team NFHCA All-North Atlantic Region selection, Helmer competed in 69 games for the Herons, recording seven defensive saves which is tied for second all-time at the school. She finished her collegiate career with two goals and two assists.
William Smith went 16-4 this season, capturing the Liberty League regular season crown with a perfect 6-0 mark and securing the Liberty League Tournament title with a 3-1 triumph over the University of Rochester. The Herons earned their 20th NCAA tournament bid and lost to eventual national champion Tufts University in the second round.
Kietzman and Helmer led William Smith to a 52-24 record over the last four years and back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.
Kietzman led the Herons with 15 goals, 17 assists and 47 points as a senior. A four-time all-conference selection, Kietzman was named the Liberty League offensive player of the year for 2012 and earned Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association first team All-America honors. In 77 career games, she registered 43 goals and 39 assists for 125 points, tying William Smith’s career record for assists. She ranks fifth in career points and is tied for eighth in goals.
O’Connor was second on the team with two defensive saves this year and produced eight goals and five assists offensively. She was named the Liberty League defensive player of the year and a Longstreth/NFHCA second-team All-American. In 60 career games, O’Connor has 22 goals and 16 assists.
Compiled From Times Staff Reports