NEW HAVEN, Conn. – On the heels of another season marked by progress, four players were recognized with team awards at the Yale field hockey team's annual post-season banquet Saturday. First year midfielder Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.) earned the Player of the Year Award and the Senior Award. Senior goalkeeper Chaney Kalinich (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) earned the Amanda Walton Award. Junior midfielder Bridget Condie (St. Louis, Mo.) and senior forward Brooke Reese (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) shared the Coaches' Award.
The awards come after a season in which the Bulldogs finished with their best won-lost record since the 2011 Ivy League Championship year, and improved their record compared to the previous season for the third straight year. They won five of their final six games to end with 10 wins.
Dillman's two awards reflect a season in which she quickly emerged as a major factor for the Bulldogs, earning second team All-Ivy League honors. She was one of just four first-years in the league to earn first- or second-team recognition. She tied for the team lead with six goals, the most of any Ivy rookie. A versatile midfielder, she also contributed defensively -- including a defensive save in the 1-0 win at Cornell.
A member of Silliman College, Dillman is a graduate of Conestoga Valley and played for X-Calibur Field Hockey Club. She attended USA Field Hockey's Junior National Camp in 2017.
This is the eighth year Yale has given a Player of the Year Award, but it is based on an award that has been in place since 2007. The Player of the Year Award had been known as The Cup. It is awarded to the member of the team who has performed at the highest level for the season as a whole, determined by the coaching staff through game-to-game recognition as the Player of the Match.
The Senior Award that Dillman received is awarded by the senior class to a first-year team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey.
The Amanda Walton Award that Kalinich earned is given by the Yale players and coaching staff to that team member who demonstrates the ability to confront challenges, displaying the courage to overcome them, while inspiring teammates with her work ethic and unselfish attitude. The award is named after Amanda Walton '02, who has been an inspiration to the Bulldogs. After her sophomore year at Yale, Walton -- a field hockey and lacrosse player -- was involved in an automobile accident that put her career on hold. She overcame a coma and physical injuries with hard work and dedication.
Kalinich completed a comeback from a serious injury that cost her the entire 2017 season. Her road to recovery included a stint playing for the Puerto Rican National Team at the FIH Hockey Series Open in Salamanca, Mexico, in June. She made her Yale debut in the Bulldogs' 5-2 win vs. Lehigh at Johnson Field Oct. 21, playing the second half and making a pair of saves.
A member of Davenport College, Kalinich is a molecular biophysics and biochemistry major and is part of Yale's five-year Master's in Public Health program. She is a graduate of Glenbard West High School and played for Windy City Field Hockey Club in addition to being part of USA Field Hockey's Futures Program.
Condie and Reese shared the Coaches' Award, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale.
Condie was a first team all-region and All-Ivy League selection this season. She led the team in points (6-5-17) and assists and tied for the team lead in goals. This was her second straight season earning All-Ivy honors, as she was a second team selection last season.
A member of Pierson College, Condie is a graduate of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School and played for AIM Field Hockey Club. She was a member of USA Field Hockey's U17 National Team in 2014-15.
Reese has been one of Yale's most efficient scorers throughout her career. In 64 career games and 17 career starts, she had nine goals on 31 shots. In her first year she earned the team's Senior Award, awarded by the senior class to a first-year team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey.
A graduate of Harvard-Westlake, Reese is a history of art major in Davenport College. She participated in USA Field Hockey's Futures Program and played for Hollywood FHC.
In addition to the award winners, the Bulldogs also recognized the entire senior class at the banquet: Kalinich, Reese, back Jackie Kisa (Virginia Beach, Va.) and midfielder Marissa Medici (Oceanside, Calif.).
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity