Barker, Bell named NFHCA All-Americans following sterling senior seasons
The Louisville, Ky., products join 46 other student-athletes representing 33 schools on the NFHCA first, second and third teams.
Recently named to the NFHCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, Barker and Bell become the sixth and seventh All-Americans under Head Coach Jenelle Anthony.
“As a head coach, having one All-American is a huge accomplishment, but two in the same season—that’s just special,” Anthony said. “I could not be more proud to have coached Hayley and Brooklyn during their four years here with the field hockey program.”
Barker ends her career as the all-time leading goal scorer in Centre field hockey history (52), and was a three-time all-region selection as well as the 2017 Southern Athletics Association (SAA) Offensive Player of the Year.
The forward scored 17 goals and totaled 38 points as a senior, despite suffering a knee injury midway through the season. She ranked in the top four in-conference for goals- and points-per-game, finishing the season with five multi-goal matches.
Bell closed her Centre career by setting a SAA record with 22 goals this season, garnering All-SAA First Team honors to go with her all-region nod.
The defender-turned-forward paced the SAA and ranked 21st in the nation scoring a goal per game, and she netted seven goals throughout Centre’s SAA and NCAA postseason matches.
“They were instrumental in our team’s overall success this season and their dedication and leadership was unparalleled,” Anthony continued. “I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for our team this season and during their playing careers.”
by Centre Athletics
December 6, 2017