Kenyon junior midfielder Maddie Breschi (Carlisle,
PA/Carlisle) and DePauw senior forward Paige Henry
(Louisville, KY/Kentucky Country Day) have been named the
Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively, to
highlight the 2014 All-North Coast Athletic Conference field hockey
Breschi, who was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year last fall, also makes her third-straight, first-team appearance after leading the Kenyon defensive unit this year that has allowed just 22 goals in 21 games. In addition to her leadership on the Ladies' back line, Breschi has also added production for the offensive unit as she has scored a team-leading 14 goals to go along with six assists for 34 total points. Breschi led the Ladies (19-2) to both the NCAC regular season and tournament championships this fall and will continue to guide the squad as they open NCAA play today (11/12) with a first-round matchup against Messiah (14-6) at McBride Field in Gambier.
Henry makes her fourth-straight appearance on the All-NCAC squad and third showing on the top team after also collecting the distinction in 2011 and 2013. She led the NCAC in nearly every offensive category this season as she finished her senior campaign with 18 goals and seven assists for 43 total points (2.26 ppg), with five of her league-leading 18 goals credited as game-winners. She is also the current league-leader in both shots and shots per game after firing off 108 shots (5.68) in 19 games for the Tigers.
DePauw junior attack Grace Goodbarn (Highland Ranch, CO/Mountain Vista) makes her third-straight appearance on the first team, while Denison senior defender Alex W. Berman (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) and Kenyon senior attack Rachel Hall (Los Angeles, CA/Harvard-Westlake) both earned first-team laurels for the second year in a row. Berman was also a second-team selection in 2012, while Hall was tabbed to the honorable mention squad in 2012.
DePauw senior attack Maggie Campbell (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) and Kenyon senior midfielder Julie Freedman (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest) both elevated to the top team and poster their third overall All-NCAC selections this season. Both players garnered second-team accolades last fall, while 2012 saw Freedman land on the second team and Campbell on the honorable mention squad. Wooster junior defender Anjela Galimberti (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer) and Wittenberg junior midfielder Paige Vanerstrom (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) both elevated to the top team this fall from the 2013 honorable mention team and second team, respectively.
In addition, five student-athletes make their All-NCAC debut as members of the first team, including Denison senior defender Molly Chapman (Greenwich, CT/Millbrook School), Oberlin sophomore goalie Maggie Gossiaux (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen), Denison sophomore attack Abby Martone (St. Louis, MO/John Burroughs School), Ohio Wesleyan sophomore midfielder Haley Savoie (Poway, CA/Del Notre) and Kenyon freshman goalie Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken).
Speroff was also named the 2014 NCAC Newcomer of the Year, becoming the first Kenyon player to earn the distinction since the 2004 season. In 18 games this fall, Speroff holds an overall record of 16-2 and has allowed just 20 goals in 1,240 minutes of action for a 1.13 goals-against-average. She has also accumulated 83 total saves and leads the NCAC with an .806 save percentage.
Finally, Kenyon head coach Jacque DeMarco was voted the Coach of the Year for the first time in her career after she led the Ladies to their first conference title since 2007 with a 13-1 record against league foes. In three years at the helm, DeMarco holds an overall record of 40-19, which includes a mark of 30-12 in conference play.
|Defensive Player of the Year||Offensive Player of the Year||Newcomer of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Maddie Breschi||Paige Henry||Sarah Speroff||Jacque DeMarco|