Molly McShane Garners New England East Player of the Year, All-America Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT field hockey team earned additional accolades this week, on the heels of its incredible run in the NCAA Division III tournament, as Molly McShane was selected as the New England East Regional Player of the Year and a Second Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). In addition, teammate Keri Dixon, Anna Teruya and Kimberly Barker were named to the NFHCA All-Region teams.
McShane, a First Team NEWMAC All-Conference pick, along with Dixon and Teruya, played a pivotal role in the midfield for the Cardinal and Grey all year. A tremendous two-way player, she tallied eight goals and seven assists in 23 games as a freshman while helping lead MIT to the Second Round of the NCAA tournament. McShane's All-America selection represents Tech's first such honor since Deanna Lentz in 2004.
Dixon was tabbed as the top goaltender in the Region, as she was named to the New England East First Team. The sophomore posted impressive numbers, leading the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in both goals against average (1.54) and shutouts (seven) while setting a school record for wins (18).
Teruya helped anchor a defense that surrendered the fewest goals in the NEWMAC, just 1.54 per game, and also acted as a dangerous offensive weapon, especially on penalty corners. The sophomore was third on team in scoring with 12 goals and 29 points while earning two defensive saves. Teruya was also named to the All-Region First Team in 2008.
In just her first season at MIT, Barker has quickly become one of the most prolific scorers in Institute history. The freshman attack set program records for goals and points in a single season, with 20 and 45 respectively. She finished second in the league in goals and third in points.
In addition to the NFHCA honors, McShane, Barker and head coach Cheryl Silva received recognition from the website womensfieldhockey.com. McShane was named to the All-America team while Barker earned the site's Rookie of the Year award and Silva was selected as the Division III Coach of the Year.
The Cardinal and Grey enjoyed its most successful season in the program's history, compiling a record 18 wins, capturing its first ever NEWMAC title and recording a Opening Round victory at the NCAA Division III Championship.