VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (November 3, 2006) – Old Dominion senior back Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem), who has led the Lady Monarchs to a No. 3 national ranking and a perfect 8-0 conference record, was named the CAA Field Hockey Player and Defensive Player of the Year in a vote by the league’s head coaches. The conference presented its year-end awards Friday night in Virginia Beach on the eve of the semifinals of the CAA Field Hockey Championship.


Also receiving top field hockey honors from the conference were James Madison freshman forward Meghan Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) as CAA Rookie of the Year and Old Dominion’s Beth Anders as CAA Coach of the Year.


Nichols anchored an Old Dominion defensive unit that leads the nation in goals against average (0.64 GAA), having allowed only 13 goals in 20 games. The Lady Monarchs have recorded 11 shutouts, with seven of those coming in conference play. Nichols has also contributed offensively, ranking fourth on the team with 21 points on nine goals and three assists. The senior back has posted a team-high four game-winning goals, including the deciding goals against nationally ranked foes Duke, North Carolina and Michigan. Nichols is the ninth different ODU player to receive the CAA’s top award, but is the first in league history to sweep Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.


Bain had a spectacular rookie season for a James Madison squad that is ranked #17 in the nation and finished second in the CAA with a 6-2 mark. The freshman forward led the Dukes and ranked third in the CAA in both goals (15) and points (34), and also dished out four assists. Bain has recorded eight game-winning goals, which is tied for the national lead, and she contributed the winning goal in five of JMU’s six CAA triumphs.


Anders earns her ninth CAA Coach of the Year award following Old Dominion’s sensational 18-2 campaign. The Lady Monarchs went undefeated in conference play for the 12th time and outscored their opponents 42-2 in eight league contests. Old Dominion is ranked No. 3 in the latest STX/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll and its only two losses this year are to #1 Maryland by 1-0 scores. Anders is in her 24th season at the helm of the Lady Monarchs’ field hockey squad, and has increased her all-time Division I-leading career victories total to 479.


ODU led all schools with four players selected to the All-CAA first team. Joining Nichols from ODU were senior midfielder Dana Sensenig (16g, 15a), sophomore midfielder Denise Admiraal (12g, 4a) and sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Driscoll (0.64 GAA, 11 shutouts). James Madison was represented by Bain and senior midfielder Baillie Versfeld (4g, 4a), who made the first team for the third year in a row. Making the squad from Hofstra were sophomore forward/midfielder Charlia Warner (20g, 5a) and senior midfielder Kara McEneaney (8g, 3a), while Northeastern placed junior midfielder Ashley Webber (6g, 3a) and senior forward Whitney Shean (4g, 12a) on the team. Rounding out the unit was William & Mary senior forward Gina Cimarelli, who topped the Tribe with 21 points (7g, 7a).




(As selected by CAA Field Hockey Coaches)


First Team


Name, School                                                                 Cl.               Pos.               Hometown/High School

Caroline Nichols, Old Dominion*                                         Sr.               B               Virginia Beach, Va./Salem

Dana Sensenig, Old Dominion*                                 Sr.               MF               Denver, Pa./Cocalico

Baillie Versfeld, James Madison*                                Sr.               MF               Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Dominican Convent

Ashley Webber, Northeastern#                                    Jr.               MF               South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth

Charlia Warner, Hofstra                                               So.               F/MF               Bridgetown, Barbados/Springer Memorial

Denise Admiraal, Old Dominion#                                 So.               MF               Heillo, Holland/Jac P. Thijsse

Meghan Bain, James Madison                                  Fr.               F               Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional

Whitney Shean, Northeastern*                                    Sr.               F               Medfield, Mass./Medfield

Gina Cimarelli, William & Mary                                Sr.               F               Oak Hill, Va./Oak Hill

Kara McEneaney, Hofstra                                               Sr.               MF               Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place

Kelly Driscoll, Old Dominion                                    So.               GK               West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria


Second Team


Name, School                                                                 Cl.               Pos.               Hometown/High School

Doni-Melissa Jantzen, Hofstra*                                             Sr.               MF/F               Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River

Catherine Chiara, Drexel                                                So.               F               Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes

Stephanie Swain, Delaware                                            Sr.               MF               Middletown, Del./William Penn

Daphne Admiraal, Old Dominion                                           So.               B               Heillo, Holland/Jac P. Thijsse

Kim Hedley, William & Mary                                Jr.               F               Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville

Nikki Lloyd, VCU                                                    So.               F               Kent, England/Bromley

Melissa Walls, James Madison                                  So.               MF/B               Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional

Kim McEwen, Towson                                               Sr.               MF               Elverson, Pa./Twin Valley

Leslie DeSimone, Hofstra                                               Sr.               D               Roseland, N.J./Mount Olive

Darcy Pinchbeck, Old Dominion                                    Sr.               F               Suffolk, Va./Lakeland

Jessica Cowperthwait, Hofstra*                                             Sr.               GK               Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends School


2006 CAA Player of the Year:  Caroline Nichols, Old Dominion

2006 CAA Defensive Player of the Year:  Caroline Nichols, Old Dominion

2006 CAA Rookie of the Year:  Meghan Bain, James Madison

2006 CAA Coach of the Year:  Beth Anders, Old Dominion


* denotes All-CAA first team in 2005

# denotes All-CAA second team in 2005



(As selected by CAA Field Hockey Coaches)


Name, School                                                                 Cl.               Pos.               Hometown/High School

Meghan Bain, James Madison                                  Fr.               F               Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional

Kelly Driscoll, Old Dominion                                    So.               GK               West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria

Reyna Farnum, Hofstra                                               Fr.               MF               Bridgetown, Barbados/Harrison College

Suzanne Hazelzet, Northeastern                                      Fr.               B               Rotterdam, Netherlands/Wolfert van Borselen

Jennifer Bolger, Drexel                                                Fr.               F               Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional

Christina Boarman, Towson                                Fr.               F               Fulton, Md./St. Paul’s School

Tori Karsten, Delaware                                                           Fr.               MF               River Forest, Ill./Oak Park River Forest

Titia Beek, Old Dominion                                                          Fr.               F               Heiloo, Holland/Murmellius Gymnasium

Wesley Drew, William & Mary                                Fr.               MF/D               Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox

Emilie Osinga, VCU                                                    Fr.               MF               Aerdenhout, Netherlands/Stedelijk Gymnasium

Tara King, James Madison                                                            Fr.               D               Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus