HADLEY, Mass. – The Amherst College field hockey team continued its streak of never failing to have a student-athlete representative on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams since the awards inception in 2000, with two Mammoths named All-Conference for the fourth straight season.
For their efforts on the field this fall, sophomore defensive duo Beth Williamson and Sophia Kaplan each earned All-League laurels, with Williamson picking up First Team honors and Kaplan securing Second Team accolades in the pair's first appearances on the All-Conference teams.
A native of Greenwich, Conn., Williamson was named one of just two First Team defenders following another stellar season donning the Purple & White during which she started all 14 contests she appeared in. A shutdown defender with one defensive save and a key component of Amherst's penalty corner game, Williamson finished the year tied for the team lead in goals (6), with half of her scores coming against NESCAC opponents. Also dishing out four assists, Williamson ranked second on the Mammoths in points with 16 (T-17 NESCAC) and amassed an impressive .171 shot percentage.
One of four defenders to land All-NESCAC praise, Kaplan garners Second Team honors following a breakout sophomore season that saw her act as one of the league's most relentless and reliable defenders. A stalwart on the Amherst's back line, the Wilton, Conn. native was the lone Mammoths defender to start all 15 games for the Purple & White, acting as a pillar of a unit that held opponents to a .140 shot percentage and allowed only 24 goals this fall en route to posting a team 1.57 goals against average.
Erin Nicholas of Middlebury was named the 2019 NESCAC Player of the Year, while Marguerite Salamone (Tufts) and Katie George (Middlebury) took home Defensive and Rookie of the Year honors, respectively. Middlebury head coach Katharine DeLorenzo was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by her peers for the third consecutive fall.
Dropping only one contest to a non-ranked team while fighting through the perennially tough NESCAC schedule, the Mammoths concluded the 2019 season with an 8-7 overall ledger.