Kenyon senior Maddie Breschi (Carlisle, PA/Carlisle) and DePauw senior Grace Goodbarn (Highlands Ranch, CO/Mountain Vista) have been named the Players of the Year to highlight the 2015 All-North Coast Athletic Conference field hockey selections.
Breschi, who was also named an NCAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, also makes her fourth-straight, first-team appearance after leading the Ladies to their second-straight NCAC title this fall. Breschi led Kenyon in nearly every major statistical category this season, including shots (116), shots on goal (61), goals (16), assists (7) and points (39). She finishes her career as the Ladies’ all-time leader in goals (52), assists (27) and points (131).
Goodbarn, who has also been named to the top team four years in a row, wasn’t the Tigers’ top scoring threat this season, but she has played a vital role in jump-starting their offensive attack. Through 19 games, Goodbarn has fired off 46 shots, scored six goals and dished out six assists for 18 total points. After finishing the regular season in second place with a 12-2 mark against league foes, Goodbarn helped guide the Tigers to the 2015 NCAC Tournament title with a dramatic 1-0 shootout victory over Kenyon. Goodbarn and the Tigers will continue their season today (11/11) with an opening-round NCAA Tournament contest against Rhodes (15-5) in Memphis, Tennessee.
Three players return to the top team for the second year in a row, including Oberlin junior goalie Maggie Gossiaux (Metuchen, NJ/Metuchen), Kenyon sophomore goalie Sarah Speroff (Euclid, OH/Hawken) and Wittenberg senior midfielder Paige Vanerstrom (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny). Vanerstrom was also a second-team selection in 2013.
There were also three players that made the jump to the top team from the 2014 second team, including DePauw sophomore defender Maddy Burds (Wilmette, IL/New Trier), Kenyon sophomore midfielder Shannon Hart (Mandara, Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Acad.) and Kenyon sophomore defender Kelsey Trulik (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron).
In addition, DePauw sophomore attack Paige Berliner (New Albany, OH/Columbus, Acad.), Wittenberg freshman attack Blaine Donnelly (Hanover, MD/Archbishop Spalding), Kenyon sophomore attack Weezie Foster (Resterstown, MD/Friends School), Denison senior Britta Marden (Belmont, MA/Belmont) and Denison freshman midfielder Lucy Pearsall (Chicago, IL/Latin School of Chicago) each make their All-NCAC debut as first-team selections.
Pearsall was also named the 2015 NCAC Newcomer of the Year after finishing her rookie campaign with eight goals and six assists for 22 total points. She is the first Big Red player to earn the Newcomer of the Year award since Katie McMahon collected the honor in 2010.
Finally, Kenyon head coach Jacque DeMarco was voted the Coach of the Year for the second time in her career after she led the Ladies to their second-straight conference title with a 13-1 mark against league foes. In just four seasons at the helm, DeMarco owns an overall record of 57-22, which includes a mark of 43-13 in regular season conference matches.
|Player of the Year||Player of the Year||Newcomer of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Maddie Breschi||Grace Goodbarn||Lucy Pearsall||Jacque DeMarco|