Springfield, Mass. - November 27, 2018 - Following an impressive 2018 campaign, the Springfield College women's soccer team had three student-athletes that were recognized for their outstanding seasons, and earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors, announced on Monday evening.
Standout freshman midfielder Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) and sophomore forward Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) earned First-Team All-Region accolades, while Chrissy Conley (East Providence, R.I.) was named to the Third Team. This marks the first time since 2014 that the Pride has had three student-athletes earn All-Region accolades, as head coach John Gibson has now had members of his program earn 27 All-Region honors over the past 11 seasons.
Springfield College was the only team in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to have three student-athletes honored, as MIT and Coast Guard each had a pair, while Clark and WPI had one apiece.
Dale had quite the freshman season, as the 2018 NEWMAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year totaled 44 points on 20 goals and four assists, while leading the Pride to an overall record of 15-6-1. Dale, who broke the Springfield College women's soccer program record for goals in a single season with 20, also recorded 44 points, which was the third-best mark for points in a single season, falling just short of Angel Schofield, who was able to produce 46 points in 1991 and 48 points in 1992. Dale, who was also a NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference selection, notched four three-goal games throughout the 2018 campaign, which also included four game-winning strikes.
Earlier this week, Dale was also named to the New England Soccer Journal's All-Rookie Team following her impressive freshman campaign.
Swetland was also impressive offensively this season, as the Sports Biology major recorded 24 points on the year, including six goals and 12 assists. Swetland broke the Springfield College women's soccer program record for assists in a single season, as her mark of 12 surpassed the previous record of 10, which was set by four separate student-athletes with the last being Jess Miller in 2014. Swetland was also a NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference honoree, as this marks the first All-Region accolade of her career.
Conley, a junior defender and Psychology major at Springfield College, was a Third-Team selection following her first season in maroon and white, as her dynamic play on the back line helped the Pride to an overall record of 15-6-1, which included seven shut-out victories. Conley was a force for Springfield College in 2018, as she anchored a defensive unit that only surrendered 1.03 goals per contest, as she also chipped in a goal and two assists on the year. Conley was also a NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference honoree.