BENNINGTON — The New England Collegiate Conference announced its 2015 women's soccer award winners with Southern Vermont College grabbing five all-conference honors and its second straight Rookie of the Year accolade on Monday.
SVC freshman Molly Madore capped a stellar first collegiate campaign with the Rookie of the Year laurel while also being named to the All-NECC first team. She was joined on the top squad by junior Lauren Nesshoever and senior Karina Meza. Sophomore goalie Melissa Mascari made her way onto the All-NECC second team while freshman Ally McNamee picked up an all-third team selection.
Madore scored her way into the SVC record books in her first season as a Mountaineer, racking up 15 goals and six assists for 36 points including three game winners. Her goal total tied the second-best SVC single season mark set by Beth Sampson in 1995 and by Rebecca Hopeck in 1996. Madore's points are also the second-most in a single season, helped by her 10-point game against Wheelock College on October 10 that tied the best single contest mark, also set by Sampson. She ranked third in conference in goals scored and second in points, leading all freshmen in both categories.
Madore was named the Rookie of the Week twice, and the ECAC rookie once. She is the second straight Mountaineer to garner the league's top rookie award after Mascari picked it up last season.
"Molly had a great campaign," said fifth-year SVC head coach Michael Zauzig. "Her work ethic and intelligence really stood out. This award is well worth giving to Molly, and she really deserved it. She always found a way to filter through and create our ability to be in good condition to succeed."
Nesshoever is making the All-NECC first team for the second straight year, being selected this season as a midfielder. She tallied nine goals and three assists for 21 points, two goals being game-winning tallies. Her goal total was tied for eighth-best in the NECC, and she is now just one shy of cracking the SVC all-time top five list with 20 goals.
"Lauren once again was huge in what we accomplished this year," said Zauzig. "Her ability to open up some movements for the other players helped make us successful. She allowed others to get space in the midfield and quietly had another very good season while taking pressure off the defense and helping create chances up top."
Meza had a year to remember, collecting a slew of various accolades over the last month of the season. She helped anchor a Mountaineer defense that conceded just 1.28 goals per game for the year, posting a collective eight shutouts. She was named the NECC Player of the Week on October 12 before picking up SVC's first-ever COSIDA Academic All-District selection. The senior defender then worked her way onto the NECC All-Tournament Team for her performance in the league's playoffs last week. Meza scored three goals on the year from the backfield, all of those being game winners with two coming in 1-0 victories.
"I'm stoked for Karina," mentioned Zauzig. "She did a tremendous job this year and was arguably the most consistent defender we've had in the back. She was a big reason why we did very well defensively and helped us be solid on that side."
Mascari is collecting her second all-conference nod in as many years after making it onto the All-NECC First Team as a freshman last season. She registered a 1.28 goals against average on the year, a mark that is the third-best for a single season in SVC program history. The keeper charted six clean sheets during the campaign, tying her for second in both a single season and for a career as she now has 11 total shutouts in her two years. Her GAA this year ranked third in the NECC while the sophomore's .841 save percentage was also third best among the league's netminders. Mascari was named the NECC Player of the Week twice this season.
"Sophomore season is very critical to success, and Melissa obviously got better and better during the year while having a tremendous end of the season," Zauzig said. "Her confidence and ability, and basically just taking charge faster, has really come into its own over the last year. It is well-deserved for Melissa to be back on this list."
McNamee was great in the midfield for Southern Vermont, helping facilitate the offense with a team-leading seven assists on the year; that was also good enough for her to rank tied for sixth in the NECC. She also registered three goals for 13 points, each of those scores coming in league contests. Additionally, senior captain Katelyn Raymond was named to the inaugural NECC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Becker's Alison Mosdale was the NECC player of the year.
SVC men's soccer honors
BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced its 2015 men's soccer award winners and all-Cconference teams with a pair of SVC freshmen being selected to the All-NECC second team.
Rookies Anthony Dominguez and Nikolas Joseph both landed Second Team honors after having great first collegiate seasons.
Dominguez tied for the sixth-most goals scored in the NECC and tied for seventh-most total points in the conference, registering eight and 18, respectively.
"Anthony had a strong first season with us as he transitioned into the college game," said second-year coach Joe Baia. "He worked very hard to make us stronger in the back and in the midfield and did his part in sending us in the right direction. I am excited to watch him grow as a player within our system and become a great ambassador for SVC soccer."
Joseph was right on Dominguez's heels, notching five goals and a team-leading six assists for 16 points. That point total tied him for the 11th-most in the NECC while the forward's assists mark was the most for a Mountaineer since 2012.
"Nik embodies what our program strives to be," said Baia. "His personality is contagious and he immediately made his presence felt on and off the field."
Senior captain Sean Deegan was also named to the first-ever NECC All-Sportsmanship Team. Daniel Webster's Ian Hutchinson was the player of the year.
Wasaren-Adirondack field hockey all-stars
HOOSICK, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls field hockey team had four first-team all-stars released on Monday. All-time leading scorer Liz Ryan was chosen, along with Ally Burdick, defender Erika Quackenbush and freshman Lillian Hickey for the first-team. Four others were named to the second team — Megan Henry, Sydney Luke, goalie Cassie Sherman and Abby Gilson — while Alex Betit, Lindsay Krause and Alexis Carreau were honorable mentions.
Hoosick Falls went 18-1, falling in the Class C sectional final to Schuylerville this season.
MVL cross country honors athletes
BENNINGTON >> The Marble Valley League honored its local runners on Monday. In Division A boys, Mount Anthony's Evan Page, Shawn Tobin and Skyler Hoyt were all chosen as all-stars, while Anders Proft, Tim Kiernan and Tyler Jager earned the honor from Burr and Burton Academy. For the A Division girls, Mount Anthony's Erica Hale, Paige Greenawalt and Sarahi Villa Arrenguin were picked, while BBA'S Lydia Maier, Raili Utiger, Claire Iannuzzi and Tessa Roberts earned honors.
Arlington had seven runners picked, including Thayer Hoyt, Diego Garcia and Simon Metcalfe on the boys side, and Kaleigh Ward, Colleen Blomberg, Janessa Hoyt and Juliana Gabriel for the girls.
NECC volleyball all-stars named
BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced that Southern Vermont College senior setter Sheilani Kaleopa was voted to the All-NECC third team.
The Mountaineer captain is being honored by the Conference for the third straight year after garnering All-NECC honorable mentions each of the last two seasons. She tallied 307 assists in 2015 to go with 46 service aces, her 0.75 aces per set ranking third-best in the league. She added 124 digs and 44 kills on the campaign.
"I am happy that I had a chance to coach Sheilani," said first-year coach Scott Fitzgerald. "She is a smart player who has accomplished many achievements as a student-athlete. Her ability to lead and be a team player will help her go far after she graduates."
Kaleopa finished her career with 1,278 assists, ranking third on the all-time SVC record list. She also put herself at third on the all-time career service aces chart, totaling 161 in her four years. The captain additionally recorded 458 digs and 123 kills in a Southern Vermont uniform.
Also collecting conference laurels is SVC freshman Lizzy Bench, who was named to the inaugural All-Sportsmanship Team.