AMHERST, MA - Already having earned First-Team All-NESCAC and Third-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District, Amherst College senior defender Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI/Wheeler) and junior midfielder Lesley Pruzansky (Saratoga, CA/Menlo) added to their list of postseason women's soccer awards on Thursday, nabbing National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas First-Team All-Region recognition.
Chute transitioned from forward to defense in her sophomore campaign, and has since played an integral role in the Jeffs' defense becoming one of the region's most respected and feared. In her three years of defensive service, she has helped Amherst to an outstanding 23 shutouts and guided the Jeffs to a 0.56 goals per game allowed average in 2004, good for 16th in the country. This season she led a defense that allowed only 10 goals in 14 games and shutout four NESCAC opponents. Chute posted the game-tying goal with less than two minutes remaining in Amherst's early season match-up against Eastern Connecticut State University.
Pruzansky tied for second in the NESCAC this season with seven assists and tallied a trio of scores to lead the Jeffs with 13 points. She grabbed conference player of the week honors on October 23 after leading Amherst to a trio of conference wins over Connecticut College, Wesleyan University and Middlebury College. Pruzansky found the scoring column in each win, assisting on the game-winner at Conn., tallying the game-opening score against the visiting Cardinals and dealing both assists in a narrow, comeback win over visiting Middlebury.
Amherst finished 8-3-3 (6-2-1 NESCAC) this season, tying for first-place in the conference standings.