Zim hockey star adds another feather to her cap

HARARE - Former Hellenic Academy hockey star Shannon Hart continued to rise following her a memorable freshman season with United States’ Kenyon College field hockey team.

The ex-Hellenic head girl along with her teammates Rachel Hall, Julie Freedman, Maddie Breschi, and Sara Speroff were all named to in the 2014 Longstreth/NFHCA Great Lakes All-Region Team.

The group of five helped steer the Kenyon College to 19 wins and three loses.

The team amassed 73 goals and 189 points.

Although Kenyon is a team loaded with veteran experience, Hart stuck it out as a forward and was explosive around the cage.

She scored 11 goals, dished out five assists, and ranked third on the team with 27 points.

Those stellar performances also came in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament (NCAC) which saw her being selected into the 2014 All-Tournament Team.

She also played a huge role in helping Kenyon College win the NCAC championship with her two goals in the semi-finals helping Kenyon dispatch the Wittenberg University Tigers 2-0.

Kenyon College would go on to be crowned champions after downing Denison University in the final courtesy of Maddie Breschi’s goal.

As for Hart, out of the 21 games the forward has played, she has averages 2.33 shots at goal, 0.52 goals and 0.24 assists per game.

It is against such statistics that Kenyon College Field hockey team coach Jacque DeMarco lauded the Harare born hockey player.

“She is great it took her a little bit of time but now she has bought into our style of play. I’m not saying she did not buy in with the team but the style of play was so different for her,” DeMarco said.

“She helps us defensively as well and she has an eye for goal as well. When she was first here she was a little bit nervous but now she is second on the team goal scorer tests pretty awesome.”

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