Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Senior Amy Armstrong was named the 2006 NESCAC Player of the Year

Five Jeffs Receive All-NESCAC Honors


November 9, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s soccer team cleaned house at the announcement of the 2006 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams. Five Jeffs got recognition. Senior forward Amy Armstrong (Avon, CT) and first-year midfielder Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) received the individual honors of Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively.

Along with a Player of the Year nod, Armstrong earned first-team honors. She's had a career year, racking up 11 goals and three assists so far. Her 25 points and 11 goals place her second in the NESCAC, and her five game-winning goals put her on top of the leaderboard. Armstrong twice scored two goals in a game, including in the 3-0 NESCAC semifinal victory over Bates College.

Murphy also got a first-team spot in addition to her Rookie of the Year award thanks to her immediate impact on the program. So far, she's notched five goals and two assists. She's the only first-year on either the first or second team, and is the first first-year to receive First-Team honors since 2001. Murphy scored the lone goal in a 1-0 conference victory over Colby College late in the season.

Sophomore defender Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) is one of only two sophomores named to this year’s All-NESCAC First-Team. Darling started and played in all 15 Amherst games, anchoring a Lord Jeff defense that was tied for first in the NESCAC in fewest goals allowed (10) and 2nd in shutouts (7).

Senior tri-captain and goalkeeper Piper Crowell (San Rafael, CA) rounds out the First-Team for Amherst, and is one of only two goalkeepers given First-Team honors. Crowell was atop the leader boards in goals against average (0.58) and save percentage (0.896), recording four solo shutouts along the way.

Senior midfielder and tri-captain Lesley Pruzansky (Saratoga, CA) received Second-Team honors after being named to last season’s All-NESCAC First-Team. Although Pruzansky has not recorded any goals this season, her five assists are enough to place her tied for 4th in the NESCAC rankings. Pruzansky and the other captains have helped lead the Jeffs to a 12-2-1 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Amherst returns to action this Saturday at Wheaton College where the Jeffs will face Kean University (N.J.) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.