Springfield, Mass. November 11, 2008 Springfield College senior Jane Kelleher was named the 2008 NEWMAC Field Hockey Athlete of the Year, while head coach Melissa Rogers was honored as the Coach of the Year to headline the Prides accolades at the end of the year meetings this morning.
For Kelleher, it was her second-straight Athlete of the Year honor as she won it last season as a junior. It also marks the the fourth time in the last five years that Springfield has won Player of the Year in the NEWMAC. Besides Kelleher’s two accolades, Brittany Veazie won it in 2006, and Kim Stevens won the award in 2004. Rogers picks up the Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in her five years at the helm at Springfield. She previously won the award her first year as head coach in 2004.
Alongside Kellher, Jill Urtz was honored to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, while defenders Meg Bradley and Katherine McCarthy picked up second-team accolades.
The senior from Chatham, Mass. was outstanding in her senior year, leading the Pride to its fifth-straight NEWMAC title and automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. She has tallied a team-best 17 goals this season and leads the Pride with 36 points. She has netted six game-winning goals this season. To date for her career, Kelleher has posted 145 points and 63 goals.
Joining Kelleher on the first team was classmate Urtz. A Verona, N.Y. product, Urtz was a mainstay in the Prides defensive line and served as co-captain with Kelleher. A major reason why the Pride held a 1.29 goals against average this season, Urtz, the 2005 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, also added two goals in her senior campaign.
Picking up second team honors in her senior season, McCarthy anchored the Prides backline. Continually making plays all season, the Conway, Mass. native also had a major role in the Prides defense this season holding opponents to just 27 goals in 21 games.
In her sophomore season, Bradley has continued to make an impact on the field on both the offense and defensive side of the ball. A stalwart in Rogers defense, the Cumberland R.I. product led the team with eight assists this season as she finished with 14 points, third best of the team in 2008.
In her five years as head coach of the Pride, Rogers has led Springfield to the NCAA Tournament every year. In five seasons, Rogers has compiled a 93-23 record, good for an unheard of winning percentage of .801.