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Rachelle Walker Named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year; McCarthy Tabbed NEWMAC Second Team Selection

Walker Thumbnail Photo Babson Park, Mass. – March 4, 2008 - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its 2007-08 Women's Basketball Post-season awards on Tuesday.

Coast Guard senior Natalie Moyer (Oklahoma City, Ok.) was named NEWMAC Player of the year. Springfield College freshman Rachelle Walker (Lee, Mass.) was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. Melissa Hodgdon, coach of the NEWMAC tournament champions, Wheaton, was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year. MIT won the league's sportsmanship award.

Joining Moyer on the All-Conference first team was teammate Melissa Martinelli (Vero Beach, Fla.). Clark junior Sarah Roderigue (Oakland, Maine), Wheaton junior Krystin Hickey (Manchester, N.H.) and WPI sophomore Kaileen Selen (Worcester, Mass.) rounded out the first team.

The All-Conference second team consisted of Babson senior Linsey Poulson (Leominster, Mass.), MIT senior Kimberly Soo Hoo (Benicia, Calif.), Springfield senior Tara McCarthy (Bristol, R.I.), Wellesley junior Jessica Duff (Milton, Abingdon, UK) and Wheaton senior Becky Aitchison (Norwalk, Conn.).

2007-08 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team and Award Winners
NEWMAC Athlete of the Year:
Natalie Moyer, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

NEWMAC Rookie of the Year:
Rachelle Walker, Springfield College

NEWMAC Coach of the Year:
Melissa Hodgdon, Wheaton College

NEWMAC Sportsmanship Award:
MIT

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Sarah Roderigue, Clark
Natalie Moyer, Coast Guard
Melissa Martinelli, Coast Guard
Krystin Hickey, Wheaton
Kaileen Selen, WPI

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Linsey Poulson, Babson
Kimberly Soo Hoo, MIT
Tara McCarthy, Springfield
Jessica Duff, Wellesley
Becky Aitchison, Wheaton

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