Springfield, Mass. - February 26, 2019 - Junior point guard Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) was named the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year, and senior forward Gracie Restituyo (Barrington, R.I.) joined her earning All-Conference honors to follow their impressive seasons for the Springfield College women's basketball team.
This marks the first time since the 2014-15 season that the Pride has had two student-athletes earn All-Conference honors in the same season. Goslin, who was just the second athlete to ever earn the league's Defensive Player of the Year honors, is the first conference athlete of the year of any sorts for Springfield College since Corey Finch was honored as the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year following the 2008-09 season.
Goslin, a Math and Secondary Education major at Springfield College, was the leader of the Pride this season, as she averaged 12.1 points, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per contest while averaging 31.2 minutes in all 28 games that Springfield College played this season. Goslin scored a career-best 20 points against Emerson on February 6, had a career-high 10 rebounds in a win over Clark on February 19 and a career-best seven steals in a victory over Wheaton on January 5. Goslin, who also led the Pride defensively, was an instrumental part of Springfield College holding the nation's top scoring offense, Westfield State, to a season-low 60 points in a 70-60 win for the maroon and white. Springfield College, which only gave up 54.6 points per contest, was ranked No. 3 in the NEWMAC in team defense.
Restituyo, a senior Sports Biology major at Springfield College, was a force down low for the Pride in the 2018-19 season. The Barrington, R.I. native averaged 11.4 points and 9.6 rebounds, averaging 26.5 minutes in all 28 games for the maroon and white. Restituyo recorded 12 double doubles on the season, including seven-consecutive double doubles, resulting in a 6-1 record for Springfield College in that span. Against Emerson on January 26, Restituyo came within two rebounds of the program's single-season record as she hauled in 22 rebounds in a 52-43 victory over the Lions.
Springfield College was just one of three teams in the NEWMAC to have multiple student-athletes earn All-Conference honors.
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