COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College field hockey senior captain Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) landed a selection to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference first team on Wednesday, earning her second career all-league honor. She was among just 25 women from the NE10 to earn all-conference accolades. Purple Knights have now been all-league nine times in the last four seasons, as the program has been represented with at least one all-conference honoree in 21 of the past 22 seasons.
Deschaine, who earned her second all-conference nod while among 12 student-athletes to claim a spot on the first team, also landed on the NE10 All-Conference second team last year and on the NE10 All-Rookie Team in 2014. She becomes the sixth back in program history to earn multiple all-conference honors, and the first to land on the first team since Ashley Webb '07 in 2006. Deschaine joins her mother and sister as having earned major postseason awards. Megan Deschaine '16 was a two-time all-league pick, while SMC Athletic Hall of Famer Patty Porter Deschaine '89 landed All-America honors as a senior.
Deschaine was integral at both ends of the field, starting 18 games in a defensive capacity but also totaling nine goals, two assists, and three defensive saves while serving as the team's primary penalty corner inbounder. Deschaine broke Angela Potts' '02 school records for goals and points in a season by a defender, with Potts having totaled eight goals and 19 points in 2000. Deschaine is believed to be the first Purple Knight defender to ever lead the team in either category during a season. She leads all NCAA East Region backs in both categories while standing second in each in Division II.
During her four-year career, Deschaine made an appearance in 65 games, starting 45 of them. She posted 12 goals and four assists for a total of 28 points along with six defensive saves and four game-winners. Deschaine is tied for fifth in school history for defensive saves made in a career. In her defensive role this season, she helped the Purple Knights register seven shutouts, the most they have had in 16 years. Saint Michael's is tied for sixth in shutouts in the nation. In the NE10, she is tied for 13th in goals and tied for fifth in defensive saves this season.
After registering a defensive save during the team's 2-1 overtime loss against No. 1 Shippensburg (Pa.) University on Sept. 2, Deschaine scored the game-winner during a penalty corner sequence on Sept. 3 against Mansfield (Pa.) University. The defender turned in the first multi-goal game of her career during a 2-1 victory against Assumption College on Sept. 23, while also tallying her second game-winner of the season. Against Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College on Sept. 24, she totaled three points with a goal and an assist while scoring the game-winner against Southern Connecticut State University on Oct. 14. She finished her scoring output on Oct. 22 against Molloy (N.Y.) College, notching her second multi-goal game with two goals and an assist.
Saint Michael's ended the year 7-11 overall and 3-9 in the league.