Field Hockey All-NESCAC Selections Announced

Field Hockey All-NESCAC Selections Announced
HADLEY, Mass. – For the second consecutive season, Middlebury junior Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) is the NESCAC Player of the Year as voted by the league’s coaches. Nicholas also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team for the second year in a row. The 2017 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Nicholas is the fifth Middlebury player to garner Player of the Year honors and the second Panther to earn the award in back-to-back years, joining Char Glessner (2001), Janie Mackey (2004), Lauren Greer (2011 & 2012), and Catherine Fowler (2013). Nicholas is also the sixth player since 2000 to earn the Player of the Year honor in back-to-back seasons.
A midfielder who contributes on the penalty corner units at both ends of the field for the Panthers, Nicholas ranks fourth in the conference in points (26) and is tied for fourth in goals (10) for a Middlebury offense that leads the league with 3.4 goals per game. Additionally, she has netted six game-winning goals this season. Nicholas also contributes to the Panther defense that owns a league-best 0.64 goals against average. 
Tufts senior Marguerite Salamone (Yardley, Pa.) was voted as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. She is the fourth Jumbo to collect the award, joining Margi Scholtes (2008), Taylor Dyer (2010), and Issy Del Priore (2017). A midfielder, she is tied for third in the NESCAC in assists (7) and has totaled 15 points, while starting all 17 games for the Jumbos this season. Salamone, who contributes to Tufts’ corners on both ends of the field, also earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team, the first all-conference honor of her career. Tufts, the 2019 NESCAC Runner-Up, was an at-large selection to the 2019 NCAA Tournament field and will travel to Johns Hopkins for a second-round game where it will face the winner of the first-round contest between Denison/Rochester.
Middlebury first-year Katie George (North Kingstown, R.I.) was selected as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team. A forward, she is fifth among the conference leaders in points (25) and is tied for third in the league with 11 goals. George is the fourth Panther to be named NESCAC Rookie of the Year and the third Middlebury player since 2015, joining Lauren Greer (2009), Grace Jennings (2015), and teammate Erin Nicholas (2017).
Middlebury head coach Katharine DeLorenzo was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by her peers. DeLorenzo earns the honor for the third straight year and was also honored in 2012. She is also the second NESCAC coach to win the award three straight years (Nicky Pearson of Bowdoin - 2005, 2006, 2007). DeLorenzo, who is in her 19th season at the helm of the Panthers, led Middlebury to its third consecutive NESCAC title and seventh overall this season. Middlebury, the two-time defending national champion, is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the 17th consecutive season. The Panthers will host NCAA Second and Third Round games on Saturday and Sunday at Kohn Field.

Field Hockey All-NESCAC Teams

Player of the Year: Erin Nicholas, Middlebury
Defensive Player of the Year: Marguerite Salamone, Tufts
Rookie of the Year: Katie George, Middlebury
Coach of the Year: Katharine DeLorenzo, Middlebury

First Team All-NESCAC
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
GK Maddie Ferrucci Bowdoin Jr. Essex. Conn
D Elle Brine Bowdoin Sr. Hanover, N.H.
D Beth Williamson Amherst So. Greenwich, Conn.
M Kara Finnerty *= Bowdoin Sr. Hopkinton, Mass.
M Michaela Giuttari *#% Hamilton Sr. Warwick, R.I.
M Erin Nicholas P*@ Middlebury Jr. Scarsdale, N.Y.
M Marguerite Salamone Tufts Sr. Yardley, Pa.
F Marissa Baker * Middlebury Sr. Darien, Conn.
F Kendall Brown Trinity Jr. Rowayton, Conn.
F Georgia Cassidy =& Colby Sr. Darien, Conn.
F Emma Ticknor Williams Sr. Madison, N.J.


Second Team All-NESCAC
Pos. Name Institution Yr. Hometown
GK Maggie Reville Hamilton So. Stamford, Conn.
D Olivia Baglieri Wesleyan So. Englewood, Colo.
D Sophia Kaplan Amherst So. Wilton, Conn.
M Abby Bashaw Bowdoin Jr. West Newbury, Mass.
M Isabel Chandler Middlebury Jr. Denver, Colo.
M Lizzie Clarke = Hamilton Sr. Larchmont, N.Y.
M Grace Fitzgerald Bates Sr. Larchmont, N.Y.
M Isabel Perry Williams Sr. Yorktown, N.Y.
M Sophie Schoeni Tufts So. Ann Arbor, Mich.
F Katie George Middlebury Fy. North Kingstown, R.I.
F Gillian Roeca Tufts So. Baltimore, Md.

* - 2018 First Team
= - 2018 Second Team
P - 2018 Player of the Year
@ - 2017 Rookie of the Year
# - 2017 First Team
& - 2017 Second Team
% - 2016 Rookie of the Year