Field Hockey All-NESCAC Selections Released
Middlebury's Greer Scores Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. – Junior forward Lauren Greer (North Hampton, N.H.) of Middlebury College has been selected by the conference coaches as the 2011 NESCAC Player of the Year. A threat to score every time she touches the ball, Greer is in the midst of a record-setting fall as the Panthers head into the NCAA Tournament this weekend. She is the third Panther player since 2000 to receive the league's top award, joining former Middlebury standouts Char Glessner and Janie Mackey after they won the honor in 2001 and 2004, respectively.
Greer has re-written the Panther record book, setting new single-season and career program marks in goals, assists, and points during her third year at Middlebury. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has amassed 78 points over 17 outings - the most by any player since NESCAC championship play began in 2000 - with 31 goals and 16 assists. Only once this season has Greer been held off the score sheet, as she has had a hand in over 66 percent of her team's goals. Averaging 1.82 goals per game, Greer needs just one more tally to tie the total produced by former Polar Bear great Lindsay McNamara during her 21-game campaign in 2008. In addition to being named Player of the Year, Greer garnered All-NESCAC honors for the third year in a row with her second-straight appointment to the First Team.
A total of five forwards were chosen as part of the 11-member All-NESCAC First Team. Joining Greer up front from Middlebury was classmate Charlotte Gardiner (Larchmont, N.Y.). Gardiner, who was promoted from last year's Second Team, has recorded a career-best seven goals along with seven assists to rank third among her teammates in scoring.
From NESCAC champion Bowdoin were senior attackers Elizabeth Clegg (Hudson, Ohio) and Katie Herter (Topsfield, Mass.), both of whom are among the league leaders in points. Clegg, second to only Middlebury's Greer in assists with 11 helpers, ranks sixth with 27 points while Herter, a 2010 Second Team member, is just ahead of her classmate in fifth with 29 points on 10 goals and nine assists. Amherst junior Katie McMahon (Denville, N.J.) was the fifth and final forward on the First Team. McMahon, one of nine individuals on the First Team to earn All-NESCAC in some form last fall, paces the Lord Jeffs in scoring for the third year in a row. The 2010 Second Team member has scored 14 goals and assisted on eight others for a 36-point total that is tied for second in the NESCAC.
At midfield, seniors Carly Dudzik (Darien, Conn.) of Amherst and Meera Sivalingam (Philadelphia, Pa.) from Williams returned to the All-Conference First Team. For Dudzik, it was the third time in as many years on the First Team as she plays a vital role for the Jeffs on both sides of the ball. Amherst's key distributor on attack and striker on corners, Dudzik has five goals and a career-best eight assists over 16 starts. Dudzik also serves as the flyer on defensive corners and has recorded a defensive save, the second during her tenure with the Jeffs. One of the top defensive players for the Ephs at center midfield, Sivalingam features incredible footwork and stick skills. The 2010 First Team member also chipped in on the offensive end, scoring two goals and an assist.
The defensive unit on the First Team featured three senior backs that have been decorated by the conference on multiple occasions throughout their careers. Leading the way was this year's Defensive Player of the Year, Ella Curren (Roxbury, Conn.) from Bowdoin. A Second Team selection in 2009 before being elevated to the First Team in 2010, Curren is one of the best two-way players in the NESCAC. She has provided strong leadership to a defensive corps that has given up a league-low 10 goals, and on attack she has tallied 10 goals and assisted on four others. Returning with Curren from last fall's First Team was Tufts' Taylor Dyer (Windham, N.H.). The 2010 Defensive Player of the Year was regularly assigned to disrupt an opponent's top player during her career. Dyer, who joined Amherst's Dudzik as the only two on the First Team to earn the honor three years in a row, holds the rare distinction of having started every game during her tenure at Tufts. Of her career-best six goals in 2011, three came via penalty stroke. Trinity's Payson Sword (Princeton, N.J.) wrapped up a stellar career with her second appointment to the First Team (2009). An instrumental member of the Bantam defense, Sword also had a hand on the attack and contributed two goals and three assists.
Amherst first year goalkeeper Rachel Tannenbaum (Berwyn, Pa.) completed the 2011 All-NESCAC First Team. Playing nearly every minute of every game, Tannenbaum has been the backbone of a Jeff defensive unit with a league-leading .894 save percentage and six shutouts while ranking second in goals against average at 0.79. Owning a 13-3 record heading into Wednesday's NCAA match against Gwynedd-Mercy, Tannenbaum added NESCAC Rookie of the Year to her All-NESCAC haul. She is the first rookie player since 2005 to land on the league's top team.
For the second-straight fall, Bowdoin's Nicky Pearson earned NESCAC Coach of the Year. Now in her 15th season at the helm of the Polar Bears, Pearson's squad captured its sixth conference crown in the last seven years this past weekend and remained unbeaten at 17-0 heading into this week's NCAA Tournament action. Since the NESCAC became a formal playing conference in 1999, no other coach, regardless of sport, has been recognized by the NESCAC as many times as Pearson has, as the three-time national coach of the year has received the conference's coaching honor on eight separate occasions.
2011 NESCAC Field Hockey All-Conference
|F||Elizabeth Clegg||Bowdoin||Sr.||Hudson, Ohio|
|F||Charlotte Gardiner||Middlebury||Jr.||Larchmont, N.Y.|
|F||Lauren Greer||Middlebury||Jr.||New Hampton, N.H.|
|F||Katie Herter||Bowdoin||Sr.||Topsfield, Mass.|
|F||Katie McMahon||Amherst||Jr.||Denville, N.J.|
|M||Carly Dudzik||Amherst||Sr.||Darien, Conn.|
|M||Meera Sivalingam||Williams||Sr.||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|D||Ella Curren||Bowdoin||Sr.||Roxbury, Conn.|
|D||Taylor Dyer||Tufts||Sr.||Windham, N.H.|
|D||Payson Sword||Trinity||Sr.||Princeton, N.J.|
|GK||Rachel Tannenbaum||Amherst||Fy.||Berwyn, Pa.|
|F||Morgan McCauley||Wesleyan||Sr.||Rye, N.Y.|
|F||Lia Sagerman||Tufts||Jr.||La Jolla, Calif.|
|F||Caroline Snite||Trinity||Sr.||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|M||Lindsay Griffith||Tufts||Sr.||Wilmington, Del.|
|M||Erin McNally||Hamilton||Sr.||Scotia, N.Y.|
|M||Alex Philie||Amherst||So.||East Sandwich, Mass.|
|D||Brooke Phinney||Bowdoin||Jr.||Dedham, Mass.|
|D||Margaret Souther||Middlebury||Jr.||Scarsdale, N.Y.|
|D||Marisa Spagnolo||Hamilton||Sr.||Bryn Mawr, Pa.|
|D||Kelly Watkins||Connecticut College
||Sr.||San Jose, Calif.|
|GK||Gina Dinallo||Trinity||Sr.||West Hartford, Conn.|
|Player of the Year|
||Middlebury||Jr.||North Hampton, N.H.
|Defensive Player of the Year|
|Rookie of the Year|
|Coach of the Year|