November 11, 1996
Injury-Riddled Deacons Close Out Field Hockey Season
WINSTON-SALEM -- After getting off to a solid 5-2 start, the Wake Forest field hockey team appeared in position to make another run toward its first postseason appearance, but the injury bug created havoc the rest of the season and the Demon Deacons ended up finishing 7-12 (1-7 ACC) after dropping their first-round Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game to Duke, 2-0.
With four senior starters returning, and an outstanding group of underclassmen, the Deacons began 1996 ranked in their customary Top 20 position. Wake Forest opened the year ranked 14th and had an impressive 2-1 win over 18th-ranked James Madison in early September, but then injuries took a toll as seven players went down with an assortment of ailments.
That doesn't include sophomore Amy Marchell, one of the team's most skilled players, who missed the entire year after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery last summer.
Despite playing short-handed, head coach Jennifer Averill was still able to motivate her troops and keep them competitive throughout the second half of the season. Senior Susan Bowman led the team with eight goals and 12 assists for 28 points while sophomore Amanda Janney finished second with 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists).
THE M*A*S*H UNIT -- As mentioned above, injuries played a major part this season on a roster that was eventually whittled down to 14 able bodies at one point, including a back-up goalkeeper.
Sophomore Hadley Hicks (Dallas, TX/Hockaday) had the most serious injury after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in early October. Sophomore Julie Jenkin (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon) had arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and missed a majority of the year before returning for a brief stint in the conference tournament against Duke. Janney (Fort Worth, TX/Trinity Valley), who was Wake Forest's leading scorer the first month of the season, had a stress fracture in her right tibia and missed three games before returning against Duke Oct. 10. Freshman Kelly Malinoski (Thorofare, NJ/West Deptford) also suffered stress fractures in her left femur and right tibia and missed a handful of games before returning for the stretch run. Freshman Margit Haalebos (Hattem, The Netherlands) missed the last 11 games after contracting mononucleosis.
As if matters couldn't get worse, all-ACC performer Kelly Simon (Wall, NJ/Wall) underwent surgery Oct. 22 after breaking her left index finger during practice. Even though she played sparingly against Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth, she missed the final three games of the campaign.
This group joins a list which already included Marchell (Hopewell Junction, NJ/John Jay), and senior Nicole Serluco (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) , who was also sidelined a majority of the season with an injured knee.
SENIOR SENDOFF -- The Deacons paid tribute to their seniors Oct. 20, and they responded with an outstanding group effort in Wake Forest's 11-0 win over Virginia Commonwealth. From a statistical standpoint, Amy Shenasky scored twice while classmates Mary Moore and Susan Bowman tallied once each. Senior goalkeeper Wendy Mumford finished out her final home game by registering the sixth shutout of her career. The only Deacon who didn't register a point was defender Kate McLane, who started for the 72nd time that afternoon.
BOWMAN FINISHES RECORD-SETTING CAREER --On her way toward leading the Deacons in scoring for the for the second time in her career, senior Susan Bowman (Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township) made a little bit of history. She began the season as Wake Forest's all-time assists leader, so all she did was add to that impressive total. But she set an even greater milestone by becoming the ACC's all-time best in that department. Bowman finished her career with 52 assists and is the only player in school history to have at least 10 or more four times. Here total is three more than the previous conference mark of 49 set by Maryland's Sabrina Salam from 1990-93. Prior to Bowman's arrival in Winston-Salem, only one other player in school history had registered a double-digit assist season and that was Kristen Turk in 1990 when she had 10.
ALLEN INCREASES OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION -- Despite playing primarily along the defensive line this season, junior Amy Allen (Washington, CT/Shepaug Valley) put up the best offensive numbers of her career. Thanks to having one of the hardest shots on the team, Allen was often used on penalty corner situations. As a result, she had a number of good scoring opportunities and finished the season with seven goals, which was only one behind team leaders Susan Bowman and Amanda Janney. Prior to this season, Allen had only three career goals with all of those coming in her freshman campaign. In addition to her seven goals, she had two assists for a total of 16 points -- the third-highest total on the team.
BARNEY TOPS FRESHMAN CLASS -- Even though she doesn't receive a great deal of recognition, freshman Jessica Barney (Virginia Beach, VA/Cox) had an outstanding freshman season. Her defensive skills have helped produce four shutouts and she is the heir apparent as the team's defensive leader with the upcoming graduation of senior Kate McLane. Barney is the only first-year player to start every game this season, but one of seven overall.
MOORE CLOSING OUT BRILLIANT CAREER -- Senior Mary Moore (LaGrangeville, NY/Arlington) ended an outstanding field hockey career with the Demon Deacons after playing nearly every position possible. From forward to midfield to defender, she has always had a positive impact. This season, despite spending a majority of her time at defensive back, she registerd 13 points on two goals and nine assists. Her speed and ability to make sharp cuts through the midfield area have been her trademarks and she leaves Wake Forest as one of the top offensive performers in school history. She currently ranks second on the school's all-time assists chart behind Susan Bowman with 27, in addition to scoring 15 goals (57 career points). She was the only Deacon named to the ACC's All-Tournament team this season, marking the second straight time she has received that honor.
DEFENSIVE STANDOUT MCLANE TO BE MISSED -- The Deacons could always count on Kate McLane to be in the lineup, where she was nursing an injury or not. During her brilliant four-year career, the native oa Manchester, MA, played in 77 games with all but two of those being starting assignments. She helped key 24 shutouts over the last four years, and even got in on the offensive fun by scoring her first career goal earlier this season against Miami-Ohio. Besides her outstanding play on the field, she has also been a model of consistency in the classroom, where she will be trying to earn Academic All-America honors for the third straight year.
MUMFORD AND SHENASKY ALSO SET TO GRADUATE -- Two other key performers over the last four years who helped bring the Deacon program some national attention are seniors Amy Shenasky (Salisbury, MD/Bennett) and Wendy Mumford (Selbyville, DE/Worcester County). Shenasky displayed a knack for scoring some important goals during her career, finishing with a total of 20 while Mumford played her way from being the third-string keeper as a freshman to a starter by the time her sophomore season had ended. Shenasky closed out her career with 43 points while Mumford registered six shutouts and posted a career record of 16-10.
AVERILL INDUCTED INTO NORTHWESTERN HALL -- Wake Forest field hockey head coach Jennifer Averill was inducted into the Northwestern University Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 27. She was a leader on Northwestern teams from 1984-87 and helped the Wildcats to national semi-finals on two occasions. She was honored in 1987 with the Honda Broderick Award as the nation's best field hockey player, and also won the Big Ten's Medal of Honor for academic excellence and the Jesse Owens Award as the conference's athlete of the year. The former U.S. National Team member was honored last Friday night at a formal banquet, in addition to being introduced at halftime of the Northwestern-Ohio University football game on Saturday.
RANKING STREAK -- After beginning the season ranked 14th in the nation, the Deacons dropped out of the rankings after losing seven of eight games. Wake Forest had been ranked in 11 straight polls dating back to the final ranking period of 1994. The Deacons appeared in the Top 25 all eight times last season and the first two of 1996 with the highwater mark being a No. 7 rating early during the 1995 campaign.
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