Palma, Tamen & Plaut Garner All-Region Selections

Palma, Tamen & Plaut Garner All-Region Selections

United Soccer Coaches Release

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Amherst College women's soccer team placed three student-athletes on the 2018 United Soccer Coaches (USC) Division III All-New England Teams, as announced by the organization on Monday.

Senior Rubii Tamen and junior Bella Palma were each named to the First Team, while senior Caleigh Plaut earned a Second Team selection.

Tamen, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year, makes her second appearance on the USC All-Region teams, after collecting a Third Team selection last year.

She led the NESCAC with 16 goals, seven of them game-winners, and 33 points this season, ending the year on an eight-game consecutive point streak. Tamen scored a pair of goals in five games this year, including three straight contests between October 14th and October 23rd. She scored the lone goal in Amherst's NCAA Second Round win over MIT and the Mammoth's tying tally in an eventual 2-1 defeat at William Smith in the Sweet Sixteen.

Palma and Plaut were both Second Team All-NESCAC selections, a formidable pair in the Amherst defense.

Plaut amassed her first career goal at Amherst when she scored in two consecutive matches in early September, and the senior midfielder ended the season with five goals (two game-winners) and one assist for eleven points.

Palma was a force in the defensive line that compiled a NESCAC-leading 15 shutouts and posted a 0.49 goals against average. Palma started 19 matches, helping Amherst hold opponents to just 10 goals, while also posing a threat with her long throws into the attacking ends of the field.

The Mammoths finished the 2018 season with a 15-3-2 record and reached the semifinals of the NESCAC tournament and the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III championships.


In Oct. 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's & women's soccer program in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Program celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.