GILBERT, AZ. — Williams College senior Alex Bennett (Rye, N.Y.) was tabbed a Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III First All-American Wednesday.
She is the Ephs first player to earn All-America status since 2011 (Meera Sivalingam) and the first First Team All-American at Williams since 2006 (Meighan McGowan).
"What an incredible honor for Alex Bennett," Ephs' head coach Alix Barrale said. "She truly deserves this recognition. As I have said so many times when I am asked about Bennett — she is the real deal. She was a dominant force this season. She would take over games offensively with her crafty stick and lightning fast release. She knew how to score but even more impressive was her ability to set someone else up for the goal. Her defensive skills were equally impressive but often overshadowed by her offensive accomplishments (stats). She would win the ball back in our offfensive end with her incredible hustle and awareness. She was an outstanding leader on and off the field. And to top it all off she is so much fun to be around. She made this season so enjoyable. I can't tell you how much I love her. It has been a privilege coaching her the past four years. I will miss her.
The Ephs finished the season 12-5 and advanced to the NESCAC Tournament semifinals before bowing to Trinity in overtime, 3-2. It was the first time an Eph team has won 12 games since the 2006 season. Earlier this Fall, Bennett was selected an Longstreth/NFHCA All-New England West Region First Teamer. She was also a All-NESCAC First Team selection.
This season, Bennett led the Ephs and finished second in the conference with 43 points, the first Eph to have a 40-point season since Tori Scott in 2003. She finished the season with 16 goals and 11 assists, both second on the Ephs. She also had three game-winning goals and finished the season with a flourish, scoring three goals and assisting on another when the Ephs defeated Amherst 4-2 in the NESCAC quarterfinals — a win that snapped a nine-game losing streak to their rivals — and scoring both Eph goals in the 3-2 loss to Trinity.
In addition, Bennett finished her career 7th all-time in points with 86, 9th all-time in goals (32) and 8th all-time in assists (22). She was previously a 2nd Team All-NESCAC selection and a 1st Team All-New England West Region selection in 2015 and is the Ephs first 1st Team All-NESCAC selection since Meera Sivalingam in 2011.