Springfield, Mass. - November 6, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey team had three student-athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Field Hockey All-Conference First Team after leading the Pride to its best regular-season finish in 10 years.
Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), and Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) were all first-team honorees, while Ashe was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. Springfield was one of only two programs in the conference to have at least three first-team selections.
Nusbaum put together a season for the ages as she picked up all-conference honors. The Nutrition major established three new program records this season, including most assists in a game (4), most assists in a season (23), and most assists in a career (46). In helping the Pride to the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Championship, Nusbaum totaled 37 points this season, as her 23 assists were the seventh most in a season in Division III field history.
Conley was a dynamic offensive threat for the Pride this season, and led the team with 45 points, including 20 goals. She became just the sixth student-athlete in program history to reach the 20-goal mark in a season and was a key reason why Springfield ranked fifth in the country this year with 4.33 goals per game. The Physical Therapy major accounted for five game-winning goals, and has produced 94 career points heading into her senior campaign.
Ashe became the fourth student-athlete in program history to garner NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors, joining Conley (2016), Jill Urtz (2005), and Brittany Veazie (2004). Currently the second-leading goal-scoring first-year in all of college field hockey, Ashe netted 19 goals this season and ranked second on the team with 39 points. The Sport Management major scored the second-most goals for a freshman in program history, and ranks in the top 20 nationally in goals per game.