MANSFIELD, Mass. – The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced its 2019 Field Hockey All-Conference team and major award winners on Friday afternoon. The awards were voted on by the conference's eight coaches following the conclusion of the regular season. Seven of the eight conference schools are represented on the two all-conference teams, with newcomer Manhattanville College leading the way with six selections, as well as the Player of the Year Award. Husson College and Maine-Farmington nabbed the remaining major awards.
The Valiants' Robin Boot (Bedum, Netherlands) was voted the 2019 NECC Player of the Year. Maine-Farmington forward Alex Bessey (Jay, Maine) was selected as Rookie of the Year, while Husson's Kimmie Goddard (Westbrook, Maine) was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Husson head coach Sabrina Smith was voted Coach of the Year by her peers.
Joining Bessey on the first team in the forward slot is Manhattanville's Ameerah Thomas (Norfolk, Va.), Brittany Tierney (Ottowa, Ontario) of New England College, and Britney Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine) of Thomas College. Boot headlines the first team midfielder selections, while Husson's Victoria Friend (Detroit, Maine) and Thomas's Kelci Faulkingham (Belfast, Maine) also garnered first team nods as midfielders. Thomas also had a defender selection in Allie Gregoire (Kennebunk, Maine), while Shannon Ripley (Owls Head, Maine) of Husson and Raquel Brown (Claymont, Del.) of Manhattanville join her. Goalkeeper of the Year Kimmie Goddard rounds out the first team in the goalkeeper slot.
Becker College is represented by Emily Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass.) on the second team as a forward, while Elms College's Carissa Ramirez (San Diego, Calif.) joins her, along with Kasey Talarico (Lewiston, Maine) of Maine-Farmington and Lexi Crites (Middleboro, Mass.) from Manhattanville. Crites' teammate Ava Panzer (Pawling, N.Y.) was selected as a midfielder, as was Gracie Foss (Farmington, Maine) of Maine-Farmington and Mikayla Vincent (Newburyport, Mass.) of New England College. In the defender slot, Maya Joy (Acton, Maine) of Husson, Lydia Wasina (Waldaboro, Maine) of Maine-Farmington and Giuliana Kevlin (Laconia, N.H.) of New England College were honored. Manhattanville's Zoe Fillebrown (Nashua, N.H.) closes out the second team in the goalkeeper position.
NECC Player of the Year – Robin Boot, Manhattanville (Sr., Bedum, Netherlands)
Senior Robin Boot was an integral cog in the Valiants success, as Manhattanville went undefeated in league play at 7-0, securing the top seed in the NECC Field Hockey Championship in their first year in the league. Her superb field vision helped her dish out 11 assists, tied for tops in the league. Six of those assists came in league play, also good for the top spot in the NECC. In addition to her six assists, Boot contributed five goals in conference play, one of which was a game winner. Boot is also an important piece of a Manhattanville defense that allowed a league-leading four goals in conference play. She also tallied one defensive save on the year. The senior was a one-time NECC Player of the Week (10/7/19).
NECC Goalkeeper of the Year – Kimmie Goddard, Husson (Fy., Westbrook, Maine)
First-year goalkeeper Kimmie Goddard started in all 16 games for the Eagles, including seven conference match-ups. Her .833 save-percentage in conference play led all goalkeepers, while her 0.93 goals-against average ranked among the top three in the league. She posted one shutout in her three conference wins. Goddard helped the Eagles to the No. 4 seed in the upcoming NECC Field Hockey Championship.
NECC Rookie of the Year – Alex Bessey, Maine-Farmington (Jr. , Jay, Maine)
First-year Alex Bessey led all rookies with 15 goals on the season, also good for top-five in the league. Her 33 points was also first amongst rookies, and ranked among the top in the league. A dangerous forward, Bessey has netted two game-winners in conference play. She was a one-time NECC Rookie of the Week (10/28/19).
Coach of the Year – Sabrina Smith, Husson
Husson head coach Sabrina Smith led the Eagles to a a 4-3 conference record, and the No. 4 seed in the upcoming NECC Field Hockey Championship. The third-year head coach led an impressive defensive squad that only allowed seven goals in conference play. This is Smith's first NECC Coach of the Year accolade.
First Team All-NECC
F – Alex Bessey, Maine-Farmington (Fy., Jay, Maine)
F – Ameerah Thomas, Manhattanville (Sr., Norfolk, Va.)
F – Brittany Tierney, New England Col. (GS, Ottowa, Ontario)
F – Britney Gregoire, Thomas (So., Kennebunk, Maine)
M – Victoria Friend, Husson (Fy., Detroit, Maine)
M – Kelci Faulkingham, Thomas (Sr., Belfast,Maine)
M – Robin Boot, Manhattanville (Sr., Bedum, Netherlands)
D – Shannon Ripley, Husson (Jr., Owls Head, Maine)
D – Raquel Brown, Manhattanville (So., Claymont, Del.)
D – Allie Gregoire, Thomas (Jr., Kennebunk, Maine)
GK – Kimmie Goddard, Husson (Fy., Westbrook, Maine)
Second Team All-NECC
F – Emily Iacovelli, Becker (So., Northbridge, Mass.)
F – Carissa Ramirez, Elms (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)
F – Kasey Talarico, Maine-Farmington (Jr., Lewiston, Maine)
F – Lexi Crites, Manhattanville (Jr., Middleboro, Mass.)
M –Gracie Foss, Maine-Farmington (So., Farmington, Maine)
M – Ava Panzer, Manhattanville (Fr., Pawling, N.Y.)
M – Mikayla Vincent, New England Col. (Fr., Newburyport, Mass.)
D – Maya Joy, Husson (Fy., Acton, Maine)
D – Lydia Wasina, Maine-Farmington (Waldoboro, Maine)
D – Giuliana Kevlin, New England Col. (Jr., Laconia, N.H.)
GK – Zoe Fillebrown, Manhattanville (So., Nashua, N.H.)
Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Amy Cooper, Becker (Sr., Monument, Colo.)
Alexis Masse, Dean (Fr., Woonsocket, R.I)
Elizabeth Collins, Elms (So., Enfield, Conn.)
Kolby Kain, Husson (Sr., Parkman, Maine)
Chloe Horn, Maine-Farmington (So., Arlington, Mass.)
Maryjane Johnson, Manhattanville (Sr., Newington, Conn.)
Leah Foster, New England College (Sr., Greenwich, N.Y.)
Leah Kruse, Thomas (Sr., Norridgewock, Maine)
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.