Springfield, Mass. - November 7, 2018 - The Springfield College women's soccer team had five student-athletes earn New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors, as this group has helped the Pride to an impressive 2018 season.
Sophomore forward Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.), freshman midfielder Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) and junior defender Chrissy Conley (East Providence, R.I.) earned First-Team All-Conference honors, while senior forward Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) and senior defender Rachel Feliu (Elkridge, Md.) were Second-Team honorees.
Additionally, Dale was named the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year following an impressive first season for the maroon and white. Dale becomes the first NEWMAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year for Springfield College since 2005, when Lauren Peltier was recognized with the honor.
Dale has been a force on both ends of the field for Springfield College in 2018, as she has currently recorded 38 points on 17 goals and four assists. Dale's 17 goals ties the most from a freshman student-athlete in the history of the women's soccer program at Springfield College, as Kim Miles also notched 17 goals as a first year in 1980, the inaugural season for the Pride.
Swetland, a Sports Biology major at Springfield College, has been just as instrumental offensively, as she has produced 24 points on six goals and 12 assists on the year. Swetland's 12 assists broke a Springfield College women's soccer program record for assists in a single-season, which was previously set at 10 by four separate student-athletes.
Also contributing on the offensive end of the field was Wright, who totaled 22 points on 10 goals and two assists on the year. Of her 10 goals, Wright notched seven game-winning strikes, which ties the Springfield College women's soccer program record for game-winning goals in a single season.
On the defensive end of the field, the duo of Conley and Feliu on the backline has helped the Pride establish one of the top defenses in the NEWMAC. These two anchored a unit that only gave up an average of 1.08 goals per contest, while also holding opponents to just 9.2 shots per game. Conley chipped in offensively with a goal and two assists, while Feliu posted an assist in a 3-2 win over Wheaton on October 24.
The Pride are once again the top seed in the ECAC Championship Tournament, and will host John Jay on Brock-Affleck Field at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10.