WESTWOOD, Mass. - After another season of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) competition, the league announced the 2018 Women's Soccer All-Conference and Postseason awards. Clark University senior defender and captain, Macy Golman (Dallas, Texas) earned a spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team following her outstanding season. MIT earned three major awards, while Springfield garnered one.
Golman appeared and started in all 17 games this season. She anchored a strong defensive line that allowed just 106 shots on goal and 17 goals scored in 17 games. She helped the Cougars capture five shutout victories including two conference shutouts over Mount Holyoke (2-0) and Babson College (1-0). To go along with her outstanding defensive play, Golman also recorded a goal and two assists this season. Her goal came in Clark's 4-1 victory over Framingham State while one assist came in a NEWMAC victory over WPI (3-1) and the other in another conference victory over Smith (2-0).
MIT junior midfielder Sophia Struckman was named the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Athlete of the Year. Scoring in 11 games for the Engineers' offense this season, Struckman ranks second in the conference in goals with 14. MIT senior defender Hailey Nichols was recognized as the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year, earning the honor for the second straight year. While aiding in MIT's 10 shutouts so far this season, Nichols also chipped in four goals and one assist.
Springfield first-year midfielder Kaleigh Dale was tabbed the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year, after an impressive freshman season. Scoring a hat-trick three times this season, the newcomer led the conference in goals with 17 and in points with 38. After leading the Engineers to a regular season title and its second consecutive NEWMAC Championship crown, MIT's Head Coach Martin Desmarais was named the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year for the fifth-time in his career.
The NEWMAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team consists of a first team and a second team of 13 individuals that are voted on by the eleven women's soccer coaches from the conference.
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