Player of the Year Shared Between Bowdoin's Gould, Amherst's Nathan
HADLEY, Mass. – Senior forward Ellery Gould (Sandwich, Mass.) of Bowdoin and junior midfielder Kathryn Nathan (Pembroke, Mass.) of Amherst have been selected by the conference coaches as the 2011 NESCAC Co-Players of the Year, it was announced on Thursday. Gould is the first Polar Bear to ever earn the conference's top honor, while Nathan is the fifth Lord Jeff to do so as she joined the ranks of former Amherst greats Catherine Poor (2001), Ashley Harmeling (2003), Amy Armstrong (2006), and Meg Murphy (2008) in receiving the annual award.
In addition to being named Co-Player of the Year, Gould received All-NESCAC for the fourth year in a row with her third consecutive appointment to the First Team. The Polar Bears' top scorer during her four seasons, Gould had a hand in over half of her club's 31 goals in 2011 as she tallied a league-leading 14 times and assisted on four others for 32 points, figures that were all career-bests in a single season. One of the most talented forwards ever to play beneath the pines, Gould, who is also a member of the Polar Bears' basketball team, walks away with the program's all-time goals (46) and points (103) record, as she became the first player at Bowdoin - men's or women's - to surpass 100 career points after scoring twice in the NESCAC quarterfinals against Amherst.
Like her Player of the Year counterpart, Amherst's Nathan is in the midst of a career year as well and picked up First Team honors for the first time. The engine that drives the conference's most productive offensive unit, Nathan is second among her teammates with an even nine goals and nine assists for 27 points, all personal-bests. The junior midfielder has accounted for six game-winners this season, four coming against conference foes. During the title match of the 2011 NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship this past Sunday, Amherst was in danger of letting its unbeaten season, along with the conference crown, slip away as the Jeffs trailed defending champ Williams 1-0 with only moments remaining. Nathan changed the course of the game in the 83rd minute when she tied the contest, then minutes later set up the game-winner as the Jeffs posted a 2-1 victory.
Joining Gould up front on the All-Conference First Team were a pair of repeat honorees in Williams senior Brett Eisenhart (Seattle, Wash.) and Wesleyan junior Laura Kurash (Voorhees, N.J.). A four-year standout for the Ephs, Eisenhart has posted double-digit goals for the third consecutive year with a team-leading 10 tallies. Eisenhart, Williams' all-time leading scorer, heads into the weekend with 41 career markers. Kurash, the 2009 Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-NESCAC recipient, scored more goals this season than any other Cardinal has in nearly her entire life. Leading Wesleyan on the score sheet for the third-straight fall, Kurash was responsible for the game-winner in six of the Cardinals' nine victories as she finished the year in a three-way tie for second among all conference players with 13 goals. Also tied with Kurash is the final forward on the First Team, Middlebury sophomore Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.). Kirk heads up the Panther attack for the second time in as many seasons with a career-best 13 goals, almost double the seven she scored in 2010.
Tufts senior Lauren O'Connor (Dudley, Mass.) and Middlebury second year Julia Favorito (Winchester, Mass.) garnered All-NESCAC recognition for the first time. The heart and soul of the Jumbos' center, O'Connor started every match at midfield and managed to contribute three goals while supporting a defense that allowed less than a goal per game. A hard-working, selfless player who makes everyone around her better, Favorito has been a driving force behind the Panthers' success this season and heads into the weekend with a team-leading five helpers. She also scored her first collegiate goal this fall.
Defenders Jill Kochanek (Pittsburg, Pa.) of Amherst and Sachi Siegelman (Piedmont, Calif.) of Williams earned a promotion to the 2011 First Team following a 2010 campaign in which they earned Second Team honors. The senior duo were joined on the First Team back line by Middlebury junior Colby Gibbs (Cheshire, Conn.). All three teams bring the lowest goals against averages in the conference into this year's NCAA Tournament. All three have also chipped in on the offensive end, as Kochanek has matched her career high with three goals along with two assists, Siegelman has scored twice, and Gibbs has been credited with one assist.
Amherst senior goalkeeper Allie Horwitz (Woodbridge, Conn.) was the final member of the 2011 All-NESCAC First Team. The Jeffs' number-one option in net over the past four years, Horwitz (17-0-0) is in the midst of a stellar season with a 0.47 goals against average, an .875 save percentage, and seven shutouts, figures that all rank among the league leaders. Horwitz last received All-Conference recognition as a first year player, earning Second Team honors.
Rookie of the Year went to Tufts's Catharine Greer (Rye, N.Y.). Starting all 15 of the Jumbos' matches at center back, the first year Greer showed great speed and consistency for a defensive unit that posted a 0.82 goals against average this season. She was also named to the All-NESCAC Second Team.
For the first time in her career, Jen Hughes of Amherst was chosen by her counterparts as the Coach of the Year. In the midst of her eighth season as the Lord Jeffs' head coach, Hughes' squad owns an unblemished 17-0-0 record heading into this weekend's NCAA Tournament action. Amherst won its first NESCAC title since 2003 this past weekend over Williams.
2011 NESCAC Women’s Soccer All-Conference
|F||Brett Eisenhart||Williams||Sr.||Seattle, Wash.|
|F||Ellery Gould||Bowdoin||Sr.||Sandwich, Mass.|
|F||Scarlett Kirk||Middlebury||So.||San Francisco, Calif.|
|F||Laura Kurash||Wesleyan||Jr.||Voorhees, N.J.|
|M||Julia Favorito||Middlebury||So.||Winchester, Mass.|
|M||Kathryn Nathan||Amherst||Jr.||Pembroke, Mass.|
|M||Lauren O'Connor||Tufts||Sr.||Dudley, Mass.|
|D||Colby Gibbs||Middlebury||Jr.||Cheshire, Conn.|
|D||Jill Kochanek||Amherst||Sr.||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|D||Sachi Siegelman||Williams||Sr.||Piedmont, Calif.|
|GK||Allie Horwitz||Amherst||Sr.||Woodbridge, Conn.|
|F||Sarah Duffy||Amherst||So.||Fairfield, Conn.|
|F||Leigh Howard||Trinity||Sr.||Bethany, Conn.|
|F||Jamie Love-Nichols||Tufts||Sr.||Cortez, Colo.|
|M||Caitlyn Clark||Williams||Jr.||Middleton, Mass.|
|M||Nicole Stenquist||Williams||Sr.||Hudson, Mass.|
|M||Alyssa Von Puttkammer
||Tufts||Jr.||Park City, Utah|
|D||Elizabeth Arens||Bates||Jr.||Weymouth, Mass.|
|D||Sarah Boak||Hamilton||Sr.||Summit, N.J.|
|D||Chelsea Davies||Williams||Jr.||New York, N.Y.|
|D||Catharine Greer||Tufts||Fy.||Rye, N.Y.|
|GK||Annie Burns||Bates||Sr.||Topsfield, Mass.|
|Co-Players of the Year|
|M||Kathryn Nathan||Amherst||Jr.||Pembroke, Mass.|
|Rookie of the Year|
|Coach of the Year|