MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The NECC announced its 2018 Field Hockey All-Conference team and major award winners on Tuesday afternoon. The awards were voted on by the conference's four coaches following the conclusion of the regular season. Three of the four conference schools are represented on the all-conference team, with Becker College leading the way with five selections, and three of the four major awards.
Becker College defender Samantha Carter (Boothbay Harbor, Maine) was voted the 2018 NECC Player of the Year, while her teammate Victoria Pilpel (Germantown, Md.) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. New England College's Sofia Castriotta (Framingham, Mass.) was selected as Rookie of the Year. Becker's Meighan Allison was voted Coach of the Year by her peers.
Joining Castriotta on the first team in the forward slot is her teammate Brittany Tierney (Ottowa, Ontario), Katherine Bernier (Dudley, Mass.) of Becker and Jeszenia McGuire (Brimfield, Mass.) of Elms College. McGuire's teammate Carissa Ramirez (San Diego, Calif.) joins her on the team as a midfielder, along with Becker's Amy Cooper (Monument, Colo.) and Lauren Niemann (Bay Shore, N.Y.). Player of the Year, Samantha Carter headlines the defender position, while Elms' Evelyn DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) and New England College's Anya Owens (Spofford, N.H.) also made their way onto the team as defenders. Goalkeeper of the Year, Victoria Pilpel, rounds out the team at the goalkeeper position.
NECC Player of the Year – Samantha Carter, Becker (Jr., D, Boothbay Harbor, Maine)
In her junior campaign, Carter started all 15 games for the Hawks as a defender. She assisted Becker in the backfield, as the team had the lowest goals-against average in the conference (2.20), and allowed the fewest overall goals (36). Becker finished the regular season with a 4-2 record in conference play, securing the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NECC Field Hockey Tournament.
NECC Goalkeeper of the Year – Victoria Pilpel, Becker (Fr., GK, Germantown, Md.)
As a rookie, Pilpel started in 11 games for the Hawks, recording three shutouts, which is tops in the league. Her 1.81 goals-against average also leads the conference. Overall, the freshman had a .708 save percentage. Pilpel started in every conference game, recording a 4-2 record, and helping the Hawks clinch the second seed in the tournament.
NECC Rookie of the Year – Sofia Castriotta, New England Col. (Fr., F, Framingham, Mass.)
Castriotta had an impressive rookie season, tallying 16 overall goals and eight conference goals, both of which are good for second in the league. She is also second in the league in overall points (38) and conference points (20). The freshman was instrumental in the Pilgrims' undefeated conference record (6-0), as they are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NECC Field Hockey tournament. Castriotta was a one-time NECC Player of the Week (week ending 10/1/18), and four-time Rookie of the Week selection (weeks ending 9/17/18, 10/1/18, 10/9/18 and 10/22/18).
Coach of the Year – Meighan Allison, Becker
In her second year at the helm for the Hawks, Allison led her team to a 4-2 conference record, and the No. 2 seed in the NECC Field Hockey Championship. Becker led the conference in goals-against average (2.20), allowing only 36 goals on the year. This is Allison's first NECC Coach of the Year Award.
F – Katherine Bernier, Becker (Jr., Dudley, Mass.)
F – Jeszenia McGuire, Elms (Sr., Brimfield, Mass.)
F – Sofia Castriotta, New England Col. (Fr., Framingham, Mass.)
F – Brittany Tierney, New England Col. (Sr., Ottowa, Ontario)
M – Amy Cooper, Becker (Jr., Monument, Colo.)
M – Lauren Niemann, Becker (Jr., Bay Shore, N.Y.)
M – Carissa Ramirez, Elms (So., San Diego, Calif.)
D – Samantha Carter, Becker (Jr., Boothbay Harbor, Maine)
D – Evelyn DeVaux, Elms (So., Wethersfield, Conn.)
D – Anya Owens, New England Col. (Sr., Spofford, N.H.)
GK – Victoria Pilpel, Becker (Fr., Germantown, Md.)
Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Alexis Barry, Becker (Sr., Manchester, N.H.)
Jamaya Cleveland, Dean (Sr., Greensboro, Ga.)
Sarah Bengtson, Elms (Jr., Bristol, Conn.)
Maddie Tkachuk, New England Col. (Sr., Medford, Mass.)