WESTWOOD, Mass. – The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced the Field Hockey All-Conference and Postseason Awards on Tuesday afternoon. Clark University junior, Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) was named to the NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference while senior Liz Grady (Worcester, Mass.) earned All-Sportsmanship recognition from the conference. Barksdale led the Cougars offensively this season with 19 points from seven goals and five assists.
Helping lead the MIT Engineers to an impressive 2017 season highlighted by the programs first conference crown since 2012, Emily Penn has been named the Athlete of the Year. Leading a top three team nationally all season long, Babson's Lauren Drakeley was named the Defensive Player of the Year while Penn's teammate, Grace Moore was voted the Rookie of the Year after leading the conference in save percentage and total goals against.
Voted by the nine field hockey coaches, Babson head coach Julie Ryan was named the 2017 Field Hockey Coach of the Year. The Beavers fell in the conference finals but stood tall in the Regional Rankings at No. 1 for the entire regular season and then earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship.
The NEWMAC Field Hockey All-Conference Team consists of a first and second team of eleven selections which are voted on by the field hockey coaches from the conference. The 2017 honorees are listed below.
Also being recognized are the nine field hockey student-athletes that were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season. The field hockey honorees are listed below.
2017 NEWMAC Field Hockey All-Conference
|First Team All-Conference||Emily Penn||MIT|
|First Team All-Conference||Maggie Kennedy||Springfield College|
|First Team All-Conference||Tori Roche||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Mirjam Keochakian||Mount Holyoke College|
|First Team All-Conference||Amanda Nusbaum||Springfield College|
|First Team All-Conference||Sophie Perekslis||Mount Holyoke College|
|First Team All-Conference||Ashley Tango||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Lauren Drakeley||Babson College|
|First Team All-Conference||Katie Notarangelo||MIT|
|First Team All-Conference||Emmy Hamilton||Wellesley College|
|First Team All-Conference||Grace Moore||MIT|
|Second Team All-Conference||Maddy Paro||Babson College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Shannon Hynes||WPI|
|Second Team All-Conference||Arielle Mitropoulos||Wellesley College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Taylor Grey||MIT|
|Second Team All-Conference||Bryn Murray||Smith College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Olivia Barksdale||Clark University|
|Second Team All-Conference||Katie Peters||Wheaton College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Kaitlin Braz||Mount Holyoke College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Elise Towers||Babson College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Deirdre Barry||Babson College|
|Second Team All-Conference||Cameo Tietje||Smith College|
2017 NEWMAC Field Hockey All-Sportsmanship Team
|Gabby Guerard||Springfield College|
|Caroline Labriola||Smith College|
|Kelsey Buckley||Wheaton College|
|Sophie Perekslis||Mount Holyoke College|
|Liz Grady||Clark University|
|Elena Bartholomew||Babson College|
|Haley Chrobock||Wellesley College|