Havas and Kahn Named Preseason All-Patriot League; Lehigh Picked Fifth in Poll
BETHLEHEM, PA. – With the 2021 season opener, Lehigh field hockey senior Lenke Havas and sophomore Maddie Kahn were named to the preseason All-Patriot League team on Thursday, while the Mountain Hawks were voted fifth in the preseason poll. Lehigh’s two award winners are tied for most in the Patriot League (along with American, Boston University, Bucknell, and Lafayette). It’s also the first time since 2012 that the Mountain Hawks have two pre-season designated All-Patriot Leagues.
Havas has put together a successful career as an instrumental contributor across the field. She is primarily a defender and midfielder and starts the season with 40 career points, over 12 goals and 16 assists. Her nine assists in 2018 set a program record and 16 career assists already occupy fourth place in school history. Havas was named the second All-Patriot League after their first season and the first All-League team after their second and second seasons. She is also a two-time NFHCA All-Region Second Team Award winner and the two-time Reigning Athlete of the Year in Lehigh Field Hockey. Havas has also made five career defensive saves.
“It means a lot when other teams recognize you, especially other coaches and opponents you play,” said Havas. “It’s a great honor. I also think it’s a great honor for the entire program that we have recognized two players. It confirms that we are building the program and that we are going in the right direction.”
In the meantime, Kahn started all 18 games during her rookie season in 2019 and shone with 2.34 goals against the average and a percentage saving of 75.1 with three exclusions. Kahn finished second in the league with 127 saves and second with three shutouts. Her seven victories in 2019 are also sixth in the history of the program. Kahn scored double-digit saves on three different occasions, including the regular season finale against Boston University, an exciting 2-1 win in extra time. She has also impressed beyond Lehigh, and was called up to the U.S. Women’s Under-21 team in January 2020.
“It’s a great honor,” said Kahn. “For me it means that others see our team as a more competitive team. When we see that both Lenk and I have made it, we show that we are players for whom coaches have to take the time to come up with a game plan to create.”
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2021 Patriot League Spring Field Hockey Preseason Survey
1st American (12 votes in first place), 108 points
2. Lafayette (2), 87
3. Boston University, 83
4. Bucknell, 64
5. Lehigh, 41
6. Holy Cross, 37
7. Colgate, Jan.
2021 Patriot League Spring Field Hockey Major Awards
Offensive player of the preseason of the year: Noor Coenen, American, Sr., M.
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Anna Steps, Lafayette, Sr., M.
2021 Patriot League spring field hockey preseason all-league team
Noor Coenen, American, Sr., M.
Georgia Davies, American, Jr., D.
Miya Denison, Boston University, Sr., F.
Kat Scheerer, Boston University, Sr., B.
Sarah Dimock, Bucknell, Sr., M.
Kaelyn Long, Bucknell, Sr., D / M.
Taylor Casamassa, Colgate, Sr., M.
Emily Devine, Holy Cross, Sr., D.
Molly McAndrew, Lafayette, Jr., F.
Anna Steps, Lafayette, Sr., M.
Lenke Havas, Lehigh, Sr., D / M.
Maddie Kahn, Lehigh, Sun., GK