COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College field hockey senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) capped her career by being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America second team on Monday, joining 31 other student-athletes from Division II in landing All-America status. Deschaine was one of only nine backs to be recognized, while 12 players from the Northeast-10 Conference earned laurels.
Deschaine is the 29th student-athlete in program history to earn All-America, with her mother, Patty Porter Deschaine '89, being the first, in 1988. Deschaine becomes only the sixth All-America defender in school annals, joining Courtney Cann '96, Morgan Phillips '01, Angela Potts '02, Meg McCarthy '06 and Ashley Webb '07.
During her standout senior season, Deschaine also locked down her second career NE10 All-Conference honor while being selected to play in the NFHCA Division II Senior Game, during which she played back, midfield and forward on Nov. 18 at Bellarmine (Ky.) University during the NCAA Tournament Final Four weekend. A senior captain and junior assistant captain, Deschaine was named to the NE10 All-Rookie Team in 2014.
Deschaine was integral at both ends of the field, starting 18 games in a defensive capacity but also totaling nine goals, two assists, 20 points and three defensive saves while serving as the team's primary penalty corner inbounder. Deschaine broke Potts' 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 led all NCAA East Region backs in both categories while standing second in each in Division II.
In her defensive role this season, Deschaine helped the Purple Knights register seven shutouts, their most in 16 years, as Saint Michael's tied for seventh in Division II in shutouts. In the NE10, she tied for fifth in defensive saves, tied for 15th in goals, and tied for 18th in points. During her four-year career, Deschaine made 65 appearances, starting 45 contests. She posted 12 goals and four assists for 28 points with six defensive saves and four game-winning goals. Deschaine is tied for fifth in school history in career defensive saves.
After registering a defensive save during the team's 2-1 overtime loss against No. 1 Shippensburg (Pa.) University - the eventual national champion - on Sept. 2, Deschaine scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Mansfield (Pa.) University the next day. The defender turned in the first multi-goal game of her career during a 2-1 victory against Assumption College on Sept. 23. In a 5-0 win versus 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 in a 2-0 triumph 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 during a 5-0 victory. In her final career home game, Deschaine played all 100 minutes of a scoreless game against Southern New Hampshire University on Oct. 24 before the Purple Knights lost in a shootout.
Saint Michael's ended the year 7-11 overall and 3-9 in the league.