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NEWMAC Announces 2017 Women's Soccer Postseason Awards

NEWMAC Announces 2017 Women's Soccer Postseason Awards

WESTWOOD, Mass. – The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced the Women's Soccer All-Conference and Postseason Awards on Tuesday morning. Following a monumental season for the Engineers, capped off with a conference crown, MIT's Olivia Struckman has been named the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year. Her teammate Hailey Nichols was voted the Defensive Player of the Year while Wheaton's Hannah Lepordo earned Rookie of the Year accolades. 

After leading the Engineers to the programs first NEWMAC Championship since 2011 and impressive 18-1-1 record, head coach, Martin Desmarais has been voted the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.

The NEWMAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team consists of a first team and a second team of 13 individuals that are voted on by the eleven women's soccer coaches from the conference. The 2017 honorees are listed below. 

Also being recognized are the eleven women's soccer players 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 women's soccer honorees are listed below.


Olivia Struckman
Athlete of the Year
MIT


Hailey Nichols
Defensive Player of the Year
MIT

Hannah Lepordo
Rookie of the Year
Wheaton

Martin Desmarais
Coach of the Year
MIT

2017 NEWMAC Women's Soccer All-Conference 

Team Name Institution
First Team All-Conference Olivia Struckman MIT
First Team All-Conference Kim Quiles Springfield College
First Team All-Conference Hannah Lepordo Wheaton College
First Team All-Conference Amy Apostol MIT
First Team All-Conference Emily Berzolla MIT
First Team All-Conference Kristen McCrea WPI
First Team All-Conference Megan Healy Wheaton College
First Team All-Conference Colleen Beggan Babson College
First Team All-Conference Hailey Nichols MIT
First Team All-Conference Nikki Kerr Springfield College
First Team All-Conference Jacqueline Simmons MIT
First Team All-Conference Leann Wolf Wheaton College
First Team All-Conference Ciara Boucher Springfield College
Second Team All-Conference Emma Dineen Babson College
Second Team All-Conference Jess Frost Emerson College
Second Team All-Conference Sophie Gomarlo WPI
Second Team All-Conference Mikaela Coady Springfield College
Second Team All-Conference Elise Leavitt Springfield College
Second Team All-Conference Shannon Miller MIT
Second Team All-Conference Melise Knowles Wellesley College
Second Team All-Conference Kira Olander Wheaton College
Second Team All-Conference Maya Nielan MIT
Second Team All-Conference Kendall You Mak Wellesley College
Second Team All-Conference Karina Larson WPI
Second Team All-Conference Caren McCarthy Wheaton College
Second Team All-Conference Gabriela Hoops WPI


2017 NEWMAC Women's Soccer All-Sportsmanship Team

Name Institution
Jordan Isaacs Smith College
Valerie Hines U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Jacqueline Simmons MIT
Christy Russo Springfield College
Suz Rose Mount Holyoke College
Alexandra Levin Emerson College
Lizzie Rooney WPI
Grace McElroy-Howard Clark University
Liz Mycock Babson College
Caren McCarthy Wheaton College
Gabriela Portilla Wellesley College