Thursday, November 2, 2017

Three Bloomsburg University Field Hockey Players Earn All-PSAC Second Team Accolades


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Seniors MacKenna Mahan and Geneka Mahan and junior Tali Wehner have been named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Second Team as announced by the league office on Thursday morning. It marks the first postseason athletic honors for both Mahan sisters while Wehner earned Second Team accolades for the second consecutive season.

MacKenna Mahan led the Huskies in scoring during the 2017 season as she posted career-highs in goals (11), assists (5), and points (27) in her final collegiate year. The senior forward started all 19 games and also led the team in shot attempts (64), shots on goal (35), and game-winning goals (3). During the regular season, Mahan was tied for fifth in the conference in scoring, tied for sixth in goals, and tied for seventh in game-winning markers. She scored one goal in 11 different games during the season and finished with at least two points 11 times with a season-high of three points occurring on five different occasions. Her game-winning tallies came at Mercyhurst (September 16), at home against Slippery Rock (October 14), and at home against IUP (October 21).

Mahan, who has been a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad in each of her first three seasons, appeared in 64 career games with the Huskies and started 29 times. She closed out her collegiate career with 20 goals and 11 assists for 51 points. She was chosen as one of 34 players across the country to participate in the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Senior Game will be held on November 18 at Bellarmine University as part of the Division II Field Hockey Championship weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

Like her twin sister, Geneka Mahan saved her best for last as she established new career-highs in goals (5) and points (12), while tying a career-high in assists (2), in her final season with the Huskies. The senior midfielder started all 19 games and scored at least one point in a contest six times. She recorded the first multiple-goal game of her collegiate career with a pair of markers in a 3-1 victory over Mercyhurst at Steph Pettit Stadium on October 7.

Mahan, who has also been a member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad in her first three years, appeared in 62 career games and earned 20 starts. She finished her career with seven goals and six assists for 20 points and will be joining her sister at the 2017 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division II Senior Game on November 18 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Wehner, chosen as a defender on the All-PSAC Second Team, had another strong season in the maroon and gold. She started all 19 games for the Huskies and recorded three assists during the season - two at Queens in the season opener on September 2 and one against Mercyhurst on October 7. She also registered a pair of defensive saves during the year - at home against Lindenwood on October 8 and at Mansfield on October 11.

The junior has earned Second Team honors in each of the last two seasons and she will enter her senior season in 2018 with one goal and ten assists for 12 points in 56 career games (55 starts).

The Huskies closed out the 2017 campaign with an overall record of 10-9. Bloomsburg earned the fifth seed in the PSAC tournament but ultimately fell, 1-0, at fourth-seeded West Chester on Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinals. It marked the third straight season, and sixth time in eight seasons under head coach Nikki Rhoads, of making the conference playoffs. Bloomsburg also earned double-digit victories for the 36th time in the last 37 seasons dating back to an 8-5-3 record in 1980.

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