Centre's Barker and Bell named NFHCA All-Americans

Centre's Barker and Bell named NFHCA All-Americans

H/T Centre Athletics

GILBERT, Ariz. (Dec. 6, 2017) – Centre field hockey senior student-athletes Hayley Barker and Brooklyn Bell have been selected to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Americans the NFHCA announced, Wednesday.

The Louisville, Ky., products join 46 other student-athletes representing 33 schools on the NFHCA First, Second, and Third Teams. Bell and Barker were named NFHCA Second-Team All-Americans.

Recently named to the NFHCA All-Great Lakes Region First-Team, Barker and Bell become the sixth and seventh All-Americans under Centre 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. She was also selected 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 an SAA record with 22 goals this season. The senior garnered 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 in scoring a goal per game. She netted seven goals throughout Centre's SAA and NCAA postseason matches.

Anthony continued: "They were instrumental in our team's overall success this season and their dedication and leadership were unparalleled. I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for our team this season and during their playing careers."

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