WESTWOOD, Mass. - After an exciting field hockey season across the league, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced the 2018 Field Hockey All-Conference and Postseason Awards on Tuesday. Clark field hockey seniors Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) and Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) were both named to the All-Conference Second Team after their outstanding seasons.
Barksdale finished the 2018 season with a career-best and team-leading 42 points from 19 goals and four assists. Her 19 goals placed her fifth in the NEWMAC for goals on the season. Barksdale capped off her career with 123 points from a total of 51 goals and 21 assists. Barksdale was one of 60 athletes chosen to participate in the 2018 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III 2018 Senior Game on November 17th.
A two-time NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week this season, Michaud finished the season leading the NEWMAC in saves and save percentage with 170 saves and a .791 save percentage. She appeared in 15 games and started 14 of them for a total of 935:16 minutes played. Michaud finished her career with 450 saves and a .761 save percentage.
Babson midfielder Ashley Tango was selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career. With over 150 career points, Tango finished second in the conference in assists with 14 and fourth in points with 44. For the third consecutive year, Babson defender Lauren Drakeley was tabbed the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year. The senior defender registered three goals, six assists and three defensive saves, while anchoring a Beavers defensive line that tallied six shutouts.
Springfield forward Kyra Ashe was chosen as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. The newcomer finished the season tied for fourth in goals and tied for sixth in points in the league, having tallied three goals in a game twice during the 2018 season. Babson Head Coach Julie Ryan was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in her career, after leading the Beavers to a perfect 8-0 record in conference play and its fourth straight regular season conference title.
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