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FICKS, FARRAR NAMED TO NFHCA REGIONAL ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior goalkeeper Peggy Ficks of Washington, Conn., and first-year forward Johie Farrar of West Paris, Maine, have both been named New England West Regional All-Americans by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
Ficks, who was named
a first-team regional All-American, started
game for the Bobcats, playing 96 percent of Bates' minutes. She allowed 15
goals in 1,401 minutes a 1.01 goals-against average, lowest in school
history. She made 123 saves for an .891 save percentage, posting four
shutouts (two solo, two combined). Bates allowed 15 goals in 1999, the
fewest in any season since 1983. Ficks earned New England Small College
Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week honors Sept. 27 for her
back-to-back shutouts of Trinity College and Keene State College. She has
12 career shutouts and a 1.37 career goals-against average.
was named second-team regional All-America. She played in all of
Bates' 15 games, starting 12 of them. Farrar tied for the team lead with
nine goals and was second on the team with 18 points. She posted a pair of
multiple-goal games this season, notching a hat trick against Simmons
College Oct. 12 and scoring both goals in a 2-0 shutout against Keene
State College on Sept. 26. Farrar's nine goals this season, tied with
sophomore forward Ginny Hurley of Revere, Mass., was the highest
single-season output at Bates in the 1990s. The Bobcats scored 37 goals
this year, the most since 1982.
Under second-year head coach Wynn Hohlt, the Bates College field hockey team posted an 11-4 record, the most wins in a single season at Bates since going 12-2-2 in 1982. The Bobcats earned the top seed in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in just their second berth ever to the tournament, before being upset in the first round. The Bobcats have all but two starters returning next season, including their top five scorers.
"This was an exciting season for us, with so many talented, young players," Hohlt said. "Peg was the backbone of the defense. She kept us alive in so many close games and gave us a chance to win. Johie had a great rookie season. If she and her teammates continue to progress as much as they did from the start to the end of this season, Bates will be stay among the top teams in the region for a long time to come."
Ficks is a 1997 graduate of The Taft School. She is the daughter of Robert and Ann Ficks, Washington, Conn.
Farrar is a 1999 graduate of Oxford Hills High School. She is the daughter of Timothy and Beverly Farrar, West Paris, Maine.