Before the start of every season, the Patriot League, one of the most competitive Division I athletic conferences in the country, creates an All-Preseason team in every sport in anticipation for the upcoming season. This year, Ally Hammel '15 of the Boston University Women's Field Hockey team and Abby Sotomayor '16 of the Colgate Women's Soccer team were recognized as members of the Women's Preseason All-Patriot League Team in their respective sports. Ally Hammel was also tapped as the Patriot League Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year.
Last season, Hammel was named the 2017 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and earned NFHCA First Team All-American honors as well as being named the Northeast Region Player of the Year. Ally was named to the U.S. Women's National Development Squad for a four-game test series against Chile's Women's and U-19 Women's National Team from May 15-24, and Hammel was also named a co-captain of the team this year.
While at Loomis, Ally captained the girls field hockey team and was named a 2014 Third Team All-American and a 2014 Western New England All-Star. She also lettered in track and field. Read the Patriot League's official press release to learn more about their field hockey preseason predictions.
After a sophomore campaign that saw Sotomayor score 3 game-winning goals and finish the season with a total of 14 points, Abby has been named to the Patriot League All-Preseason team. She was also named as a captain of the team as a junior this year.
In her first season with the Colgate Raiders Women's Soccer team, Abby recorded 9 goals (4 of them were game winners), and also tallied an assist for a total of 19 points. Her efforts that season earned her the Patriot League Rookie of the Year award.
At Loomis, Abby was a four-time All-State player, a two-time All-Region forward, a two-time team MVP, and a two-time Western New England Prep School Athletics Association All-League forward. She also earned All-American honors her senior year while captaining Loomis squad her junior and senior year. Read the Patriot League's official press release to learn more about their women's soccer preseason predictions.