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No. 10 Field Hockey Sweeps NEWMAC Post-season Awards

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 9, 2004 – Springfield College All-American senior back Kim Stevens was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year in field hockey today.

Freshman forward Brittany Veazie and head coach Melissa Rogers were voted the conference’s top rookie and coach, respectively.

Stevens joined senior goalkeeper Lindsey Pardue, senior back Sarah Daly, junior forward Sarah Brooker and junior midfielder Meghan Bascetta on the all-conference team.

Stevens, who hails from Knox, Maine, was a first-team all-conference selection. The team captain, who was the conference player of the week twice (Sept. 7 and Oct. 12), tallied six goals and four assists this season. She will also compete in the prestigious North/South Senior All-Star Game in conjunction with the D-III national championship weekend on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at Westfield State. Last season, Stevens was a NFHCA/STX Second-Team All-America.

Veazie, a native of Dexter, Maine, emerged as one of the top freshman in Division III. Five of her 12 goals were match winners, and Veazie ranks sixth in the conference with 27 points.

In her first season as head coach, Rogers guided the 10th-ranked Pride to a 19-3 record, a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. SC was undefeated at home this season, registering 13 wins on Benedum Field.

Brooker, a native of Auburn, Maine, was a first-team selection after ranking third in the conference in goals (15) and points (35). Her speed on the flank has helped her dominate and create constant opportunities for her teammates.

Pardue, a resident of Houston, Texas, was also a first-team honoree. As a senior captain, she led all conference keepers in save percentage (.892) and winning percentage (.864), and also registered a microscopic 0.94 goals-against average. She will join Stevens in the North/South Senior All-Star Game.

Bascetta, who is from Granby, Conn., was a second-team selection. A two-time conference player-of-the-week honoree (Sept. 8 and Oct. 4), she scored match-winning goals in three-consecutive matches from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29. Bascetta was third in the conference in assists (eight) and tallied five goals for 18 points.

Daly, who hails from Freeport, Maine, is a second-team honoree. She led the team in defensive saves (eight) and anchored SC’s stingy defensive unit that allowed a league-low 0.95 goals-per-game.

SC (19-3 overall) is ranked 10th nationally in Division III. The Pride, which won the conference title, takes on The College of New Jersey in the NCAA Tournament on Sat., Nov. 13 in Salisbury, Md.
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