Field hockey’s Anne-Meike de Wiljes was named the American University Female Senior Student-Athlete of the Year on Sunday at the 2010 American University Student-Athlete Banquet. De Wiljes started 83 consecutive games for the Eagles, helping the field hockey team to four consecutive Patriot League Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
This year her play on the defensive end of the field helped American to a 1.53 goals against average, the 13th best goals against average in the country. On the offensive end, de Wiljes recorded a career-high 21 points on eight goals and five assists with one game-winning goal. For her efforts she was named NFHCA All-America Second Team, NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Patriot League Tournament MVP and All-Patriot League First Team.
De Wiljes finished her career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in American field hockey history, twice being named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year while also earning two All-Region selections and three All-Patriot League selections. She is currently 7th all-time in program history with 28 career assists and ranks 18th all-time with 58 points.
An international marketing and entrepreneurship major, she will graduate in May as a four-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection and three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection. She was also recently honored by American's Office of International Student Service and Multi-Cultural Affairs as their Female Scholar-Athlete of the year and has helped her team finish in the top-5 for combined GPA of all Division I field hockey programs each of the last four years.
Watch the video of de Wiljes receiving the award as she is joined on stage by American University President Neil Kerwin, Director of Athletics and Recreation Keith Gill and Head Field Hockey Coach Steve Jennings: