Sam Gunseth Named NECC Women's Soccer Goalie of the Year

Sam Gunseth Named NECC Women's Soccer Goalie of the Year

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - All nine sponsored programs were represented on 2009 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women's Soccer All-Conference Team, it was announced today by Commissioner Del Malloy. In addition to the All-NECC honors, four separate major individual award winners and the team sportsmanship award were also voted upon and selected this week.

The Lesley University Lynx took top honors as they finished undefeated in NECC play at 8-0. The Lynx senior forward Jodi Fralick (Woburn, Mass.), a mathematics and secondary education major, was named the 2009 NECC Women's Soccer Player of the Year. In conference play, Fralick played all eight games adding 18 goals, one assist and 37 points. She led the NECC in almost every offensive category including goals, points, shots and game winning goals. Overall, Fralick reached 30 goals, three assists for 63 points. She also hit a major milestone this season reaching her 100thth NCAA DIII player to ever reach this goal. goal as the 15

Bay Path senior Samantha Gunseth (Swanzey, N.H.) grabbed the 2009 NECC Women's Soccer Goalie of the Year, for the second straight season.  Gunseth, a forensic psychology major, tallied 94 saves (11.75 saves per game), an .832 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against average.  She leads the conference in saves and saves per game. Overall she has played 1450:38 minutes while notching 188 saves with a .770 save percentage, a 3.70 goals against average and 1 shut-out for the Wildcats.

Lesley freshman midfielder Kate Ryder (Glastonbury, Conn.) nabbed the 2009 NECC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year for her first season of collegiate play. Ryder, undecided in her major, was second in assists and assists per game in the NECC. She finished conference play with four assists (0.50 per game). Overall, Ryder has tallied six assists for six points playing in all 19 matches for the Lynx.

Fralick and Ryder were joined by their head coach Paul Vasconcelos for top conference honors. Vasconcelos was named the 2009 NECC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year, for the second straight season. He led the Lynx to a 14-4-1 overall record and an undefeated 8-0 record in conference play this season. Lesley grabbed the #1 seed and will be hosting the #3 Mitchell Mariners in the championship title match tomorrow.

The Mountaineers of Southern Vermont, led by head coach Shawn Holcombe, were honored as the 2009 NECC Team Sportsmanship Award recipients. The Mountaineers finished 0-16 and 0-8 in NECC play.

Voting for the All-NECC team and each of the major awards was conducted among all NECC women's soccer coaches.

Joining Fralick and Gunseth on All-NECC First Team in the forward positions were Elms' senior Krystyna Gagne (Methuen, Mass.),  Mitchell's sophomore Nikki Hoxie (Winsted, Conn.), Becker's freshman Alexandra Fernandes (Tucson, Ariz.); in the midfielder position were Lesley's sophomore Jenna Fralick (Woburn, Mass.), Elms' junior Alison Couture (Chicopee, Mass.) and Mitchell's sophomore Leslie Briggs (Dighton, Mass.); in the defender spot were Becker's freshman Keri Richardson (Douglas, Mass.), Elms' senior Justine Pereira (Ludlow, Mass.) and Lesley's senior Cathryn Folkestad (Ipswich, Mass.).

Second team honors went out to twelve student-athletes. At the forward position were Becker's freshman Caroline Plunkett (Belle Harbor, N.Y.), Newbury's junior Ashley Greene-Allen (Brockton, Mass.), Mitchell's junior Paige Ehnot (West Hartford, Conn.) and Wheelock's senior Lindsey Lacourse (Scarborough, Maine); at the midfielder position were Becker's senior Catherine Millette (Columbia, Conn.), Newbury's sophomore Jessica Graus (Rochester, N.Y.) and Daniel Webster's sophomore TC DiSantis (Hinsdale, Mass.); Daniel Webster's junior and freshman Becca Jordan (East Granby, Conn.) and Hillary Girard (Seymour, Conn.) along with Newbury's freshman Jasmine James (Wellesley, Mass.) and Mitchell's freshman Kaitlyn McGinn (Millstone, N.J.);and finally senior goalkeeper Hailee Lowe (Hamilton, Mass.).

Five players received honorable mention all of whom were goalkeepers including Daniel Webster's sophomore Amy Waller (Berlin, Mass.), Becker's senior Shannon Tibbetts (Warren, Mass.), Wheelock's sophomore Allie Chiesa (Medford, Mass.), Southern Vermont's freshman Amber Mulhern (Bennington, Vt.) and Elms' freshman Molly Corse (Bernardston, Mass.).

2009 NECC WOMENS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jodi Fralick, Lesley, SR (Woburn, Mass.)
2009 NECC WOMENS SOCCER GOALIE OF THE YEAR: Samantha Gunseth, Bay Path, SR (Swanzey, N.H.)
2009 NECC WOMENS SOCCER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kate Ryder, Lesley, FR (Glastonbury, Conn.)
2009 NECC WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Vasconcelos, Lesley
2009 NECC WOMENS SOCCER TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: Southern Vermont

2009 ALL-NECC WOMENS SOCCER FIRST TEAM
Forwards
Jodi Fralick, Lesley, Senior
Krystyna Gagne, Elms, Senior
Nikki Hoxie, Mitchell, Sophomore
Alexandra Fernandes, Becker, Freshman
Midfielders       
Jenna Fralick, Lesley, Sophomore
Alison Couture, Elms, Junior
Leslie Briggs, Mitchell, Sophomore
Defenders
Keri Richardson, Becker, Freshman
Justine Pereira, Elms, Senior
Cathryn Folkestad, Lesley, Senior
Goalkeeper
Samantha Gunseth, Bay Path, Junior

2009 ALL-NECC WOMENS SOCCER SECOND TEAM
Forwards
Caroline Plunkett, Becker, Freshman
Ashley Greene-Allen, Newbury, Junior
Paige Ehnot, Mitchell, Junior
Midfielders                   
Catherine Millette, Becker, Senior
Jessica Graus, Newbury, Sophomore
TC DiSantis, Daniel Webster, Sophomore
Defenders
Becca Jordan, Daniel Webster, Junior
Hillary Girard, Daniel Webster, Freshman
Jasmine James, Newbury, Freshman
Kaitlyn McGinn, Mitchell, Freshman
Goalkeeper
Hailee Lowe, Lesley, Senior

2009 ALL-NECC WOMENS SOCCER HONORABLE MENTION
Goalkeepers
Amy Waller, Daniel Webster, Sophomore
Shannon Tibbetts, Becker, Senior
Allie Chiesa, Wheelock, Sophomore
Amber Mulhern, Southern Vermont, Freshman
Molly Corse, Elms Freshman