SPRINGFIELD, Mass., October 30, 2006 - The Springfield College women’s soccer team finished last week with an impressive 2-0 record that included a victory in the first round of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament. Leading the Pride, especially in Saturday’s (Oct. 28) NEWMAC quarterfinal match, was sophomore forward Nicole Hanewich (Cumberland, R.I.), who was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week.
Hanewich, the Pride’s leading scorer with eight goals on the season, tallied both of SC's goals in the 2-1 quarterfinal overtime win against Clark. The sophomore forward scored her first goal of the match just 12:28 into the first half. The match then remained 1-0 until just 1:19 left in regulartion when the Cougars evened the score. Hanewich then scored the game-winner on a header at the 7:14 mark of the first overtime.
Throughout the season, Hanewich has been a solid contributor in all assets of the game. Hanewich’s eight goals are twice as much as the second-leading scorer on the Pride. Along with her impressive goal scoring, Hanewich also has two assists on the year, good for third best on the team. The Pride forward is also tied for fifth in the conference in goals per match (.50) and tied for seventh in overall goals.
As a team, SC ended its regular-season with a 11-4 record and a 7-2 mark in NEWMAC play. The Pride is seeded second behind Wheaton College (9-0) in the NEWMAC tourney. With the win over Clark in the first round of the conference tournament, Springfield, the reigning NEWMAC Tournament champions, secured a spot in a semifinal match against No. 3 Smith College on Saturday afternoon, November 4th, at 1:30 p.m. at Wheaton College.