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Five Student-Athletes Named to NEWMAC Field Hockey All-Conference Teams

BABSON PARK, Mass. – November 6, 2007 – The Springfield College field hockey team landed five student-athletes on the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference All-Conference teams announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Junior Jane Kelleher was chosen the NEWMAC Player of the Year and joined teammates Brittany Veazie and Emma Kaplan on the All-Conference First Team. Eileen Jenkins and Jill Urtz were both selected to the All-Conference Second Team.

Kelleher, who hails from Chatham, Mass., becomes the third student-athlete from the Springfield College field hockey program to be tabbed NEWMAC Player of the Year in the past four years. Kelleher led the team in points for the second straight year, as she recorded 51 points off 21 goals and nine assists. An NCAA Division III Second Team All- American selection in 2006, Kelleher recorded seven game-winning goals this season and was also selected to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team.

A native of Dexter Maine, Veazie was tabbed an All-Conference First Team selection after a standout senior campaign. Veazie was second on the team with 49 points off 21 goals and seven assists, and netted a team-best eight game-winning goals. In her four-year career, Veazie was the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2004, an all-conference second-team pick in 2005, and was a first-team pick as well as the NEWMAC Player of the Year last season.

In her final season in the cage for the Pride, Kaplan was also chosen to the All-Conference First Team as well. Kaplan appeared in all 22 games for the Pride and led the conference in save percentage at .867. A native of Ridgefield, Conn., Kaplan allowed just 15 goals all season and registered 98 saves.

Jenkins, who hails from Gorham, Maine, was chosen an All-Conference Second Team pick. Jenkins ranked third on the high-powered Springfield offense in points with 11 goals and six assists. The consistent forward tallied a pair of game-winning goals this season.

A native of Verona, N.Y., Urtz was the fifth member of the Pride to be honored by the NEWMAC as she was chosen to the All-Conference Second Team for her outstanding defensive efforts. Urtz, who was a first-team selection in 2006 and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2005, was instrumental in the Pride’s impressive defensive season.

The Pride returns to action on Wednesday, November 7, when it entertains King’s College (Pa.) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship.

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