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Five Women's Soccer Players Earn NEWMAC Yearly Honors; Gibson Tabbed Coach of the Year

2012 NEWMAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Babson Park, Mass. – November 6, 2012 – For the second-straight season, the Springfield College women’s soccer team landed five players on the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Soccer All-Conference teams, which was announced on Tuesday. Head coach John Gibson was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the third-straight season.

Erin Greenstein was named to the all-conference first team for the second-straight year and was joined by Nina Vital and Vicky DiNatale. Kelly Haines and Courtney Letourneau were chosen to the all-conference second team.

Gibson was selected as the conference coach of the year for the third consecutive season, and for the fourth time in the past five years. He has guided the Pride to a record of 13-4-2 and as it captured the NEWMAC Championship and an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.

Springfield will travel this weekend to Geneva, N.Y. for a first-round match-up with Cortland in the William Smith regional.

Greenstein has played every minute in goal this year for Springfield and owns a 13-4-2 record as she picked up her second-straight all-conference first team honor. The senior goalkeeper from Framingham, Mass. has posted nine shutouts this season, bringing her program record to 29 for her career. She has tallied 62 saves this year to go along with a goal against average of .58.

Hailing from Ludlow, Mass., Vital was one of the Pride's key offensive weapons this season. She led the team with 24 points, coming off 10 goals and four assists. Dependable on offense all season, her 10 goals were third highest in the league this season. In the NEWMAC Championship, despite not playing all game with an injury, she hammered in the game-winning penalty kick.

DiNatale, who was also named NEWMAC Championship Most Outstanding Player, continued to be a force on defense this season. The Weymouth, Mass. native also was a factor on offense, tallying four goals, included two game-winning strikes. She anchored the Pride's defense that game up just 12 goals all season.

In her second season for the Pride, Haines was another member of Springfield's defense that was dominant throughout the season. A product of Easton, Conn., Haines steady play in the back throughout the year was one of the reasons Springfield surrendered just four goals in league play.

After transferring from Long Island University last year, Letourneau had a terrific senior season controlling Springfield's midfield. The Paxton, Mass. product has appeared in all 19 of the Pride's games this season en route to earning all-conference second team honors.

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John Gibson John Gibson, a native of London, England, enters his 14th season as head women's soccer at Springfield College in the fall of 2013. Gibson has led the Pride to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last eight years and has established the Pride as one of the top programs in the country. His clubs have registered an impressive a 165-75-21 record. Read more.

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