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Ashe Named ECAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Year; Three Earn All-Region Honors

Ashe Named ECAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Year; Three Earn All-Region Honors

Danbury, Conn. - December 20, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey program had three student-athletes honored to the 2018 Division III Field Hockey All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Teams for their efforts this year.

Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.) and Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) were first-team honorees, while Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) was tabbed the ECAC Rookie of the Year and also garnered second-team accolades.  Springfield was one of only five schools from across the ECAC to have at least three selections, and the only program in New England. Behind the play of Nusbaum, Conley, and Ashe, Springfield put together a 12-6 record this season and had one of the best offensives in all of college field hockey.  In 2018, Springfield owned a 4.29 goal-scoring margin, which was the sixth-best in the nation, regardless of division, and averaged 11.50 points per game, which was the fourth-best in Division III.

Nusbaum put together a memorable senior season and established three new program records in 2018, including most assists in a game (4), most assists in a season (23), and most assists in a career (46).  The Nutrition major led all of Division III field hockey in assists per game this season (1.28), while her 23 assists were the seventh most in a season in Division III field history.

In her third season with Springfield, Conley was one of just 23 student-athletes at the Division III level to score at least 20 goals.  The Physical Therapy major accounted for five game-winning goals and led the team with 45 points.  Additionally, Conley finished her junior season ranked 17th in Division III with 1.11 goals per contest.

Ashe, who was previously chosen as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and to the Synapse Sports Field Hockey National All-Rookie Team, had a special first year with the Pride 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 ranked second in the Division III field hockey among freshman in both goals per game (1.12) and total goals (19).