Springfield, Mass. - December 19, 2018 - Three student-athletes on the Springfield College women's soccer team were recognized for their impressive performances this past season, as they garnered New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Division III All-New England honors, which was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Freshman midfielder Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) and senior defender Rachel Feliu (Elkridge, Md.) earned Second-Team recognition, while junior defender Chrissy Conley (East Providence, R.I.) was selected to the Third Team. This makes 12 student-athletes over the past five seasons that have earned NEWISA All-Region honors under the direction of head coach John Gibson.
Dale, who was named the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year, had quite the freshman season, as she 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. Additionally, Dale earned All-ECAC honors and earlier this year, was also named to the New England Soccer Journal's All-Rookie Team following her impressive freshman campaign.
Feliu, an Occupational Therapy student at Springfield College, was also a NEWMAC Second-Team All-Conference selection this past season, as she anchored a defensive unit that held opponents to just a goals-against average of 1.03. Feliu was also instrumental in the Pride's defensive unit, as the maroon and white only gave up an average of 9.2 shots per game. Feliu also chipped in with an assist on the year, as she helped set up a goal in a 3-2 win over Wheaton on October 24.
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.