Springfield, Mass. - November 30, 2016 - Senior captain and defender Brianna Messier (Hopdale, Mass.) of the Springfield College women's soccer team has been recognized for her outstanding final season in maroon and white, as she garnered National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-America honors, announced on Thursday evening.
Messier was one of two student-athletes from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and one of eight student-athletes from New England to be recognized. Earlier this week, Messier was selected as an NSCAA Division III Women's Soccer First Team All-New England recipient following her impressive senior season.
This marks the sixth All-American for the Springfield College women's soccer program over the last seven seasons, as Messier joins an elite group including: Brooke Hattinger '16, Jackie Moscardelli '12, Vicky DiNatale '14, Courtney Price '11 and Angel Schofield '93 G '97.
Messier, an Occupational Therapy major at Springfield College, proved to be the anchor of Springfield College's defense, as she helped the Pride claim its sixth championship in the last seven seasons when the Pride prevailed over NYU for the ECAC Division III Championship. In the championship game, Messier scored her first-career goal with 1:50 to play, then sealed the victory with the game-winning penalty kick to help Springfield College past the Violets.
Messier, also a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) First Team All-Conference selection, helped the Pride to one of its finest seasons defensively, as Springfield College held opponents to just 11 goals all season, while also breaking the program records for shutouts in a single season with 12.
The Hopedale, Mass. native will also represent Springfield College in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl on Saturday, December 2 at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.