WELLESLEY, Mass. – The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) named MIT senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) the 2012 Field Hockey Athlete of Year as announced by the league on Tuesday. The midfielder also collected her fourth straight first team all-conference nod, joining Deanna Lentz '06 as the only players in program history to accomplish this feat. First-time honorees, juniors Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) rounded out the Engineers' first team contingent while fellow classmate Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) earned a spot on the second team.
McShane currently ranks sixth in the country in assists per game (0.89) while tying for eighth in the NEWMAC in points (37). On the defensive side, she marks the opponent's most dangerous player and as a result she was honored by the league earlier this season with Defensive Player of the Week accolades. At left midfield, Kenney consistently thwarts opponents' play upfield while helping MIT rank third in the NEWMAC in goals allowed and goals against average.
The NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Wharton is fourth on the team in goals and points at right halfback. Also a previous NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week selection, she has helped limit opponents to 10.5 shots per game compared to the Engineers' average of 26.1. Playing at center halfback this season, Teplensky regularly takes the ball off opposing players' sticks and often interrupts plays in the circle due to her solid marking and intercepting abilities. Her performance in MIT's regular-season 1-0 win over Springfield College resulted in her collecting NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week plaudits.