LEWISBURG, Pa. – Led by two senior captains on the First Team, Bucknell had three players receive All-Patriot League honors Wednesday. Anna Wills and Amy Mucelli were First Team selections, while freshman Brittany Willwerth landed a spot on the Second Team.
The trio of players, which covers every position with Wills leading the defense, Mucelli in the midfield, and Willwerth at forward, helped Bucknell go 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League while qualifying for the conference tournament for the ninth consecutive season.
Wills made the All-Patriot League First Team for the second consecutive season. A leader on a Bucknell defensive unit that posted a league-high six shutouts, including three straight to end the regular season, Wills also contributed on the offensive end with seven points on three goals and one assist. She scored the game-winner in a 2-1 win over league foe Lehigh, and later added a goal in a 3-0 league win over Lafayette.
Wills has 20 career points on eight goals and four assists. She is a two-time Academic All-Patriot League selection, and should add a third academic honor this season.
Mucelli earns her second All-Patriot League honor, adding the First Team nod to her selection to the Second Team a season ago. A Preseason All-Patriot League selection, Mucelli lived up to the hype with seven points on one goal and five assists, while also contributing heavily to the team’s outstanding defensive performance. She scored the game-winning goal and tallied an assist in a 4-3 win over Columbia, and had an assist in wins over Rutgers, Quinnipiac and Lafayette.
Mucelli has 18 career points on five goals and eight assists. She has started in 57 straight games dating back to her freshman season.
Willwerth wasted little time making her mark on the Bucknell field hockey program, scoring four goals over the first three games of her career. She is the first player in Patriot League history to earn Rookie of the Week honors in each of the first three weeks of the season, and went on to lead the conference this year with four awards. She won that award, as well as Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and Honorable Mention NFHCA Division I Player of the Week accolades after scoring two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 3-2 upset over No. 12 Albany.
Willwerth is the first Bucknell freshman to earn All-Patriot League honors since Rachel Misko made the Second Team in 2010. She has 12 points on five goals and two assists as the Bison enter postseason play.
Bucknell opens the Patriot League Tournament with a semifinal matchup at top-seeded and 14th-ranked Boston University on Friday at 1 p.m.
2016 Patriot League Field Hockey Major Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Hester van der Laan, Boston University, Sr., M
Defensive Player of the Year: Ellie Landsman, Boston University, Sr., D
Goalkeeper of the Year: ^ Marcia LaPlante, Holy Cross, Fr., GK
Rookie of the Year: Marcia LaPlante, Holy Cross, Fr., GK
Coach of the Year: Sally Starr, Boston University
^Tie for First Team All-League goalkeeper broken by first team votes
2016 All-Patriot League Field Hockey First Team
(Listed alphabetically by team)
19 Rafaela Rubas, American, So., M*
9 Angela Virtu, American, Jr., D
11 Taylor Blood, Boston University, Sr., M
5 Ellie Landsman, Boston University, Sr., D*
13 Hester van der Laan, Boston University, Sr., M*
20 Amy Mucelli, Bucknell, Sr., M*
27 Anna Wills, Bucknell, Sr., D
19 Maureen Connolly, Holy Cross, Jr., F*
15 Amanda Magadan, Lafayette, Sr., M*
GK - 34 Marcia LaPlante, Holy Cross, Fr.^
GK - 19 Cammy Jensen, Boston University, Sr.^
2016 All-Patriot League Field Hockey Second Team
1 Leah DiGiandomenico, American Jr., F
3 Rachel Stefano, American, Jr., F
14 Amanda Cassera, Boston University, Sr., F
6 Brittany Willwerth, Bucknell, Fr., F
6 Emily Loprete, Holy Cross, So., M
10 Lauren Sutherland, Holy Cross, Sr., M
7 Ellen Colbourne, Lafayette, Jr., M
18 Lisa van der Geest, Lafayette, Fr., D
12 Marissa Glatt, Lehigh, Sr., F
5 Jackie Renda, Lehigh, Jr., M
* Unanimous first team selection
^ Due to tie in voting for the First Team All-League goalkeeper, no goalkeeper is selected to the second team