Courtesy of Bates, Connecticut College and Wesleyan Sports Information
HADLEY, Mass. - Bates senior Kyle Weber, junior Ben Parens of Connecticut College and senior Ted Bergman of Wesleyan were selected as 2017 USILA/NIKE Players of the Year in Division III. weber was honored with the Fran McCall Award as the Most Outstanding Midfielder. Parens garnered the Divsion III Specialty Player of the Year Award (Face-Off) and the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award Outstanding Goalie awards went to Bergman.
Weber is the first Bates player to earn a USILA/Nike Player of the Year award. He amassed career-highs of 57 goals and 21 assists, including a team-record-tying nine-goal performance against Amherst in March, in his final season as a Bobcat. He finished his career with 114 goals, 49 assists and 163 points in 63 games. Weber was named a First Team All-America selection and garnered All-NESCAC First Team honors. He led the Bobcats to the NCAA Quaterfinals and a 10-0 record in the NESCAC during the regular season.
Parens was named a First Team All-America selection for the second straight year. He enjoyed another strong season at the X, ranking fourth in the NESCAC with 254 face-off wins and third in ground balls (127). Parens moved into second place among the program's all-time leaders with his 355 ground balls. He enters his senior season 74 shy of becoming the all-time leader. He has earned All-NESCAC First Team accolades in each of his first three seasons with the Camels.
Bergman, who was also named First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-New England, enjoyed a breakout senior campaign in which he led the conference in goals-against average (9.45) and saves (241). He started all 22 games for Wesleyan between the posts, and logged 1251:15 minutes, while posting a 55.0 save percentage. Bergman and the Cardinals' defense held opponents to single-digits in 15 of their 22 games. Bergman led the Wesleyan to the NESCAC Championship and a run to the NCAA Semifinals. Wesleyan finished the year with a 20-2 record.