Senior captains Mary McNeil and Delaney Yule of the third-ranked Merrimack College field hockey program were named to the 2018 Victory Sports Tours / National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior Game, as announced by the NFHCA on Wednesday. Classmate and fellow captain Samantha Bartush was named an alternate field player, and could be added to the roster as the game gets closer.
The Victory Sports Tours / NFHCA Senior Game is set for Friday, Nov. 30, at Duquesne University’s Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field. Rooney Field will host the NCAA Division II Fall Festival later this fall, which includes the NCAA Semifinals and NCAA Championship for field hockey. Thirty-eight student-athletes in total were selected to participate in the senior game, and alternates will be added to the roster for players who are unable to play in the game.
“I am very happy for Mary and Delaney on their selections to be selected to our Senior Game. They have worked extremely hard every year of their career to be considered among the best players in the country,” commented second-year head coach Megan Shea. “Mary will go down in history as one of the best Division II field hockey players, and Delaney is one of the hardest working athletes that I have ever coached. They both exemplify what is means to be an outstanding student-athlete and person.”
McNeil has enjoyed a career season, totaling a team-best 13 goals, eight assists and 34 points. She recently became the sixth player in program history to reach 100 career points, and lies two helpers away for setting a new program record in career assists (38). She currently is among the top-three in the NE10 in goals, assists and points, and led the nation in assists per game entering the week.
Yule began her senior season as a reigning all-conference first-team selection, and has anchored a defense from her center back position that ranks among the league’s best in goals allowed. The Southbury, Conn. has also contributed offensively, totaling one goal and two assists for four points over 11 games. Yule also boasts one defensive save, and is one of seven players in program history with at least 10 defensive stops.
Shea also commented on Bartush, “Regardless of placement, Sam has been one of the biggest moving parts to our success since I have been head coach. She has played every minute in two seasons. She is also having a break out season this year nationally. It was great for her to be recognized by the region as a top player.”
Including an assist last night on Merrimack’s overtime-ending goal at Assumption, Bartush owns a career-best nine points on three goals and three assists this season. She was recognized earlier this season as both the NE10 and NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week. In her career, the Norwalk, Conn. native boasts four goals, 10 assists and 18 points.