De Bruijne Named America East Rookie Of The Year
BERKELEY – Kiki de Bruijne of the California field hockey team racked up multiple conference honors including being named the America East Rookie of the Year as announced by the league on Wednesday. Brynn Zorilla was named to the America East All-Conference First Team.
De Bruijne earned America East All-Conference First-Team honors, as well, and was tabbed to the AE All-Rookie Team. A native of Holland, de Bruijne ended the 2021 spring campaign third on the team in goals (3) and points (6).
"As an incoming freshman in the fall of 2020, Kiki had to study at home in Holland and was unable to train at her hockey club," said the Donna Fong Director of Field Hockey Shellie Onstead. "With a layoff of almost a year, she came to California fit, ready to play her best and be a great teammate."
Starting every game as a true freshman, de Bruijne scored in back-to-back home matches against UC Davis on April 3 and Stanford on April 6. Her goal against the Aggies contributed to the Golden Bears' 3-2 double overtime win on Senior Night. She scored her third tally of the season last Saturday in Cal's 5-1 victory over New Hampshire.
Dating back to when Cal played in the NorPac Conference, De Bruijne earned Cal's fifth rookie of the year honor in program history, first in the America East. In addition, she is the 10th Bear to earn the distinction of being named to the all-rookie team.
Joining de Bruijne on the all-conference first team is Zorilla for the third time in her career. Cal's junior in the midfield posted two game-winning goals in the final weekend of the spring season. Zorilla ended the campaign tied for the team lead in goals (4) and points (10). She became the 16th Bear in program history to earn all-conference honors for the third time.
"Brynn deserves the acknowledgement for her great skill at midfield, her production on offense and defense, and her leadership on and off the field," Onstead said. "I firmly believe those were significant intangible traits towards the success of this team."
De Bruijne and Zorilla's first-team honors also continues Cal's stretch of having at least two Bears earn all-conference accolades every year since 1980.