Springfield, Mass. - December 12, 2016 - Senior defender and captain Brianna Messier (Hopedale, Mass.) has been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for her hard work in the classroom and on the field, as she earned Scholar All-America recognition earlier this week.
This marks just the second student-athlete in the Springfield College women's soccer history to earn both NSCAA Division III All-America and NSCAA Division III Scholar All-America recognition in the same season, as Messier joins Brooke Hattinger '16, who accomplished that feat a season ago.
Holding a 3.82 grade-point average in the Occupational Therapy major at Springfield College, Messier is just one of four student-athletes chosen from the New England region, and one of two from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). She also becomes the third Springfield College women's soccer student-athlete in the last eight years to earn Scholar All-America status, as Lauren Peltier '09 was recognized in 2008 and Brooke Hattinger '16 earned the honor last fall.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team.
After completing one of the more remarkable four-year careers in a Springfield College uniform, Messier continues to be recognized for her ability both on the field and in the classroom. Earlier this season, the senior earned NSCAA Scholar All-East Region honors, while also landing NSCAA Division III All-America and NEWMAC First Team All-Conference recognition at season's end.
On the pitch, Messier was a consequential factor in the Pride's success during the 2016 season, as she helped Springfield to its sixth championship in the last seven seasons, claiming the ECAC Division III Championship earlier this fall.
An Occupational Therapy major at Springfield College, Messier 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.