HADLEY, Mass. - Trinity senior Kelcie Finn is the NESCAC Player of the Year for the second straight season and the only Bantam to garner the award in its history. Finn, who has broken every Trinity offensive record in her career, leads the NESCAC in scoring with 59 points and 26 goals. She scored Trinity’s five goals and had a hand in all six tallies in the NESCAC Tournament as the fifth-seeded Bantams advanced to the final. The 2014 Rookie of the Year also earns a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team for the second consecutive season and third time in her career.
• The NCAA-bound Bantams had four players earn Al-NESCAC honors and seven of the First Team selections were previously been honored by the league.
• Williams senior Alex Bennett is an All-NESCAC selection for the second time in her career as she garnered Second Team honors in 2015. Bennett ranks second in points (43), third in assists (11) and fourth in goals (16) among the conference leaders. She led Williams to the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC Championship as the Ephs advanced to the semifinals.
• Sophomore forward Kara Finnerty and junior defender Elizabeth Bennewitz represent Bowdoin on the All-NESCAC First Team. Finnerty is the leading scorer for the Polar Bears with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. Bennewitz moves to the First Team after earning Second Team honors last season. She ranks third among Bowdoin’s scoring leaders with 16 points, including a team-best six assists, and is second in the NESCAC with four defensive saves.
• Hamilton sophomore forward Michaela Giuttari, last year’s NESCAC Rookie of the Year, earns a spot on the First Team after leading the Continentals in scoring with 39 points and ranking second in the conference in goals (18).
• Senior Lauren Schweppe and junior Grace Jennings represent Middlebury, the NESCAC Champions, on the First Team. Schweppe patrols the midfield for the Panthers and contributed 14 points on four goals and six assists. Jennings ranks second on the team in scoring with 33 points and has handed out a conference-best 13 assists. The Panthers earned the NESCAC automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• Junior Issy Del Priore is the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-NESCAC First Team selection. She anchors a Tufts defensive unit that has a league-leading 0.80 goals against average, allowing just 13 goals on the season, and eight shutouts. Del Priore recorded three defensive saves for the Jumbos. She is the first Jumbo since 2010 (Taylor Dyer) to earn the honor.
• Also representing Tufts on the First Team is senior Mary Travers. The forward earns First Team honors for the second consecutive season after leading the Jumbos in scoring with 20 points on seven goals and six assists.
• Amherst senior Elizabeth Turnbull earns her first All-NESCAC honor. A team captain, the midfielder leads the Mammoths in scoring (19 points) and goals (8).
• Hamilton junior Julia Booth is the All-NESCAC First Team goalkeeper. Booth, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, earns her second straight First Team honor. She played all but 21 minutes in net for the Continentals and posted a 1.78 goals against average with a .709 save percentage, while registering nine wins.
• Middlebury first-year Erin Nicholas has been named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. The defender has started 15 games and is tied for fourth among the Panthers in scoring with 20 points. Nicholas is the third Panther to be named Rookie of the Year joining teammate Grace Jennings (2015) and former Middlebury standout Lauren Greer (2009).
• Middlebury Head Coach Katharine DeLorenzo is the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in her 17-year career at the helm of the Panthers. DeLorenzo guided Middlebury to its fifth NESCAC Field Hockey title in program history and fourth in the last six seasons.
Field Hockey All-NESCAC Teams
Player of the Year: Kelcie Finn, Trinity
Defensive Player of the Year: Issy Del Priore, Tufts
Rookie of the Year: Erin Nicholas, Middlebury
Coach of the Year: Katharine DeLorenzo, Middlebury