Nine NESCAC Players Named NFHCA All-Americans; Kennedy Named National Player of the Year

Nine NESCAC Players Named NFHCA All-Americans; Kennedy Named National Player of the Year

2015 NFHCA Division III All-America Teams

HADLEY, Mass. – Nine players from five different NESCAC teams have been named to the 2015 Longstreth/NHFCA Division III All-America Teams. Bowdoin senior Rachel Kennedy highlighted the list, as she was selected as the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year.

Kennedy, the two-time NESCAC Player of the Year, is the first Bowdoin player to National Player of the Year since the NFHCA instituted it in 2009. She was also named to the All-America First Team for the second straight year after being named to the Second Team in 2013. Kennedy enjoyed a historic campaign as a senior this fall, as she led all conference players with a school-record 35 goals and 76 points. In the process, she became Bowdoin's all-time leader in goals (103) and points (226). Kennedy ended her career at Bowdoin owning the highest career goal tally of any active player.

Kennedy was joined on the First Team by teammates, junior Kimmy Ganong and senior Kim Kahnweiler, who were both first-time All-America selections. Ganong scored 21 goals this season, ranking third among all NESCAC players and ranking as the sixth-most in a single season in program history. She scored four game winners this season. Kahnweiler, the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, anchored a Bowdoin defense that permitted just 16 goals in 21 games (0.73 GAA) this season. She also pitched in offensively with two goals and three helpers. Bowdoin finished its 2015 season as NESCAC Champions and the NCAA Runner-Up.

National champion Middlebury had a player land on each of the All-America First, Second and Third Teams. Senior Bridget Instrum, who was named to the First Team, played in all 22 games with eight goals and finished second on the team with 10 assists for 26 points. Named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, the First Team All-NESCAC forward scored a point in 13 contests. She saw action in 54 games during her three years on the team, tallying 35 goals and adding 21 assists for 91 points. Lauren Berestecky was a Second Team All-America pick after being named to the all-conference first team earlier this fall. The junior started all 22 games this fall. In 61 career games, Berestecky has racked up 12 goals and added four helpers for 28 points. Pam Schulman collected Third Team All-America accolades after earning a Second Team All-NESCAC nod. The junior produced a career-best 19 goals, including nine game-winning tallies, along with nine helpers this fall. In 61 career games with 49 starts, Schulman has accumulated 37 goals, 12 of the game-winning variety, and 17 assists for 91 points. All three players were first-time All-America honorees. 

A pair of NESCAC players were recognized on the Second Team for the first time in their careers after being named the All-NESCAC First Team. Amherst senior Annie Turnbull finished a sensational senior season with three goals and seven assists for 13 points, while also collecting a conference-high five defensive saves. Recognized as a two-way player, her seven assists on the year ranked tied for first on the team and tied for sixth in the NESCAC. Hamilton junior Eva Rosencrans tied for seventh in the NESCAC with 29 points and was ranked eighth with 12 goals in 16 games. She finished with five goals and four assists for 14 points in 10 conference regular season contests. For her Hamilton career, Rosencrans is second on the program's all-time list with 37 goals and third with 82 points in 46 games. She needs just four points to move into second place on the career list.

Tufts senior defender Alexandra Jamison received Third Team recognition, as she received All-America accolades for the first time in her career to go along with her First Team All-NESCAC selection. The Jumbos were third in NESCAC with a 1.40 goals against average in conference games this year. In addition to her defensive prowess, Jamison was also an offensive contributor. She finished this season with two assists, both in NESCAC games, and had three goals with 13 assists for her career.