The Huskies were represented by true freshman Jennifer Kleinhans (Manheim, Germany) and senior Laura Puddle (London, England) on the all-conference team. Puddle earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors in 2004 as well.
Kleinhans started in each of UConns 19 games during here freshman season at back. She guided a UConn defensive unit that limited opponents to just 26 goals over 19 games and registered five shutouts. The freshman also recorded five goals and two assists and was a key contributor in the Huskies penalty corner sets.
Puddle enjoyed a solid senior campaign which saw her excel as the teams primary playmaker. She handed out a team-best 13 assists, which ranked 13th nationally.
Senior Rebecca Helwig (Basking Ridge, N.J.) senior Melissa Bostwick (San Diego, Calif.), junior Kristin Galuski (Latham, N.Y.) and sophomore Lizzy Peijs (Venlo, Holland) rounded out UConns second team All-BIG EAST selections.
Helwig ranked second on the team at the conclusion of the regular season with 11 goals and 27 points. She also recorded a team-high four defensive saves during her senior campaign.
Bostwick currently boasts 17 career shutouts, including four this season. She ranks first in the BIG EAST in shutouts and in goals against average (1.33).
Galuski had a breakthrough season as a junior which saw her total a team-leading 14 goals and 30 points. She ranks fifth among BIG EAST leaders in goals (14) and among the top-10 players nationally.
Peijs built on a solid freshman season with a team-high 30 points and 11 goals during her sophomore season. She has started all 40 games of her UConn career.
BIG EAST field hockey regular season co-champion Villanova took home three of the four conference postseason honors, as voted on by the leagues six head coaches who could not vote for players on their own team.
Villanova head coach Joanie Q. Milhous earned her second career BIG EAST Coach of the Year honor. Villanovas Rory Rogers (Sr., F) earned Co-Offensive Player of the Year, along with Louisville junior midfielder Jessica Javelet. Wildcat junior midfielder Lauren Campanelli, was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and Syracuse Heather Hess rounded out the conferences top honors as the 2005 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year.
Milhous, who also won Coach of the Year in 1999, led her team to a 14-4 overall record, 4-1 against league competition, and its first BIG EAST regular season championship in school history. She also guided the Wildcats to their first ever national ranking. Their high-water mark on the season came Sept. 27 when they were ranked No. 15 in the STX/NFHCA national poll.
Jessica Javelet, a two-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honoree, led the nation in scoring with 30 goals, 14 assists for 74 points in 2005. The junior midfielder contributed eight goals and two assists for 18 points against league opponents to highlight a U of L offense that led the conference in scoring with 26 goals and 22 assists in its first season as a member of the BIG EAST.
Rogers was third in goals scored in conference games with five and had the fourth-highest total in all games with 17. She also tallied eight assists for a total of 42 points on the season. The senior forward tied with Javelet and UConns Lizzy Peijs for the league lead in game-winning goals with five. Rogers was also a two-time winner of the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week in 2005.
Campanelli, who switched to a defensive midfielder halfway through the season, anchored a Villanova unit that did not break against some of the nations top offenses. The VU defense allowed 1.94 goals per game, which was second in the conference. The junior midfielder and Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 19 has contributed on both sides of the field by aiding the Wildcat offense with seven goals and 11assists, many of which came on penalty corners.
Hesss 102 saves in Syracuses 19 games was second-best among conference goalkeepers. The freshman showed her improvement by posting two shutouts in the last four games of the season. Hess started 18 of the Oranges 19 total contests, clocking 1211:56 in front of the cage, while allowing 2.08 goals per game. Hess was the only goalie to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors in 2005.
Louisville and Villanova both have three players on the 11-player All-BIG EAST First Team list. Along with Rogers and Campanelli, Villanova junior forward Megan Foster earned all-conference accolades. Janelle Avila (So., F) and Rachel Overton (Sr., B) joined Javelet on the list.
Syracuse junior back Michelle Sola joined goalkeeper Heather Hess on the all-conference team.
Providence junior midfielder Lauren Sickel rounded out the list of All-BIG EAST First Team members.
Avila, Campanelli, Javelet and Rogers were unanimous selections to the team.
Top seeded Villanova (14-4, 4-1 BIG EAST) will take on No. 4 seed Syracuse in the semifinals of the 2005 BIG EAST Championship Nov. 4 at the Rutgers Stadium Complex in Piscataway, N.J. Action is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m., with the other semifinal between No. 2 seed Connecticut (14-5, 4-1) and No. 3 seed Louisville set to start at 7:00 p.m.
The BIG EAST Championship finals will be played Nov. 6 at noon and will be televised nationally on ESPNU on same-day delay at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The winner of the conference tournament will earn the leagues automatic berth to the 16-team NCAA Division I Championship.
BIG EAST Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Jessica Javelet, Louisville, Jr., M
Rory Rogers, Villanova, Sr., F
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Lauren Campanelli, Villanova, Jr., M
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
Heather Hess, Syracuse, Fr., GK
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Joanie Q. Milhous (Record at VU: 115-103/11 yrs.; Overall: 137-143-4/14 yrs.)
All-BIG EAST First Team
Heather Hess, Syracuse, Fr., GK
Rachel Overton, Louisville, Sr, B
Jennifer Kleinhans, Connecticut, Fr., B
Michelle Sola, Syracuse, Jr., B
Lauren Campanelli, Villanova, Jr., M*
Jessica Javelet, Louisville, Jr., M*
Lauren Sickel, Providence, Jr, M
Rory Rogers, Villanova, Sr., F*
Janelle Avila, Louisville, So., F*
Megan Foster, Villanova, Jr., F
Laura Puddle, Connecticut, Sr., F
* - Denotes unanimous selection
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Melissa Bostwick, Connecticut, Sr., GK
April White, Louisville, Sr., B
Sarah Francis, Villanova, Sr., B
Lisa Wasser, Louisville, Jr., M
Rebecca Helwig, Connecticut, Sr., M
Paige Sullivan, Syracuse, Sr., F
Lizzy Peijs, Connecticut, So., F
Abby Maguire, Providence, So., F
Ashley Fry, Syracuse, Jr., F
Amy Lewis, Rutgers, Fr., F
Sara Schmidt, Villanova Jr., F
Kristin Galuski, Connecticut, Jr., F