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Leyva Earns NEWMAC All-Conference Honors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 12, 2002 – Springfield College placed six student-athletes on the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference teams in field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

Junior back Maylese Leyva was named to the all-conference first-team Leyva, a Harwich, Mass. native, was fourth on the team in scoring with nine points including four goals for the Pride (8-12).

Senior midfielder Brett Oberacker was the lone member of the men’s soccer team to earn all-conference first-team honors. A resident of Bethel, Conn., Oberacker tied for second on the team with three goals and was fourth with six points. SC (6-13-1) reached the conference tournament semifinals, losing to MIT, 1-0 (Nov. 9).

The women’s soccer team (8-10) was honored with two all-conference second-team selections. Senior forward Amanda Conk, a native of Montclair, N.J., tied for the team lead in goals (four) and was second in points (eight). Midfielder Colleen McGovern, a junior from Smithfield, R.I., started all 18 games for the Pride and netted the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at WPI (Oct. 8).

The women’s volleyball team (23-12), which won at least 20 matches for the ninth consecutive season placed two members on the all-conference squad. Senior outside hitter Heather Schlitz, from Huntington Station, N.Y., made the NEWMAC All-Conference First-Team for the second straight season, led the Pride in kills (444) and kills per game (3.79). Freshman setter Alesia Vaccari, who hails from Winstead, Conn., was tops on the team in assists with 1329 and averaged 11.07 assists per game.
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