GENEVA, N.Y.—Four William Smith College student-athletes were named to the 2007 Longstrenth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-North Atlantic Region teams. Senior midfielder Brittney Paye (Clinton/Clinton, N.Y.), junior defender Charlotte Styer (Governor Mifflin/Mohnton, Pa.), and sophomore forward Kaitlyn Hamilton (Harpursville/Harpursville, N.Y.) earned first team honors, while junior goalie Katie DeKraker (Staples/Westport, Conn.) garnered second team recognition.
Paye is the Liberty League Player of the Year. She recorded 10 goals and six assists for 26 points, including a five-point (2-1) performance against Elmira on Sept. 29. A two-time All-Liberty League selection, Paye is making her first appearance on the all-region teams. She will represent William Smith in the NFHCA Division III Senior All-Star Game on Nov. 17 in Collegeville, Pa.
Paye played in 76 games during her career, compiling 15 goals (including six game-winners), eight assists, and four defensive saves.
Styer is the lynchpin in the Heron defense that allowed a goals against average of 1.25. She led William Smith and ranked second in the Liberty League with five defensive saves. A key component of the Herons’ offensive penalty corners as well, Styer had five assists on the year. She earned a spot on the 2007 All-Liberty League first team and is a first-time all-region selection. Styer is William Smith’s career leader in defensive saves with 11.
Hamilton led the Liberty League with 15 goals and 35 points and tied for the lead in game-winning goals with five this season. She scored a season-high seven points (3-1) against Susquehanna on Sept. 16, and recorded a hat trick against Elmira. A two-time All-Liberty League pick, Hamilton is making her second straight appearance on the all-region teams. Through two seasons, she already ranks among the top 20 at William Smith in career goals (15th with 28) and career points (18th, 67). Hamilton’s career points per game average of 1.56 is the fifth highest in William Smith history.
DeKraker started all 21 games this season, posting a career-low 1.22 GAA, a career-best .792 save percentage, and six shutouts. She was at her best in conference play, allowing just three goals to Liberty League foes during the regular season with a conference-best 0.41 GAA and five shutouts. DeKraker recorded a season-high 12 saves against then 10th-ranked Messiah on Oct. 27 and posted 11 stops against then No. 4 Lebanon Valley on Oct. 13. A first-time All-Liberty League and all-region pick this season, DeKraker has played in 49 games, recording a 1.24 GAA, a .770 save percentage, nine shutouts, and a 34-9 record.
The Herons finished the season with a 16-5 overall record, including a 7-0 mark in the Liberty League. William Smith captured its fourth consecutive Liberty League Tournament Championship and advanced to the regional semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament.