Haley Ward Named NAC Rookie of the Year; Five Eagles Named to the All-Conference Squad

Haley Ward Named NAC Rookie of the Year; Five Eagles Named to the All-Conference Squad

WATERVILLE, Maine - Freshman forward Haley Ward headlines the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) postseason awards for the Eagles, being named the NAC Rookie of the Year while four other Eagles are also featured with All-Conference accolades.

Ward is joined on the All-NAC First Team by senior forward Sadie Royer, sophomore midfielder Karen Stemm and senior defender Allison Leighton, while junior forward Kolby Kain claimed NAC Sportsmanship honors.

Ward collects her first career All-NAC First Team honors, while becoming the just the third first-year player in program history and first since 2012 to be awarded the NAC Rookie of the Year. Twice awarded the NAC Rookie of the Week honors, Ward is among the league leaders in shots (42/third), points (16/fifth), and goals (7/fourth). She started the season at midfield, but earned a spot on the forward line with her offensive leadership and skills. Ward started all 15 games for the Eagles and landed 31 of 42 shots on net (.738). The rookie forward is credited with one game-winning goal and was a key part of the first round win for Husson that launched them into the semifinals.

Royer, a transfer from the University of New Hampshire, collects First Team All-NAC honors for the second-consecutive season after netting a career high 16 goals with four assists for 36 total points over 15 games. She leads the conference in goals, points, and shots. In three seasons, Royer has tallied 30 goals and ten assists for 70 points with six game-winners in 47 career games. She ranks fourth in program history in goals per game (0.64), sixth in points per game (1.49) and shots on goal per game (2.47), ties for sixth in game-winning goals, and seventh in career points (70). This season, Royer tied the program's single-game records for goals and points, while becoming the 15th Eagle in program history to surpass the 50-point mark.

Stemm earns First Team honors for the first time in her career after scoring one goal with two assists for four points - all career-highs -in 15 starts this season. The sophomore midfielder has been a defensive standout all season long.

Leighton, a transfer from Merrimack College, also claimed her first All-Conference honor after posting one defensive save and a career-high in goals (4), assists (3), points (11), and shots (10) while starting in all 15 games this season. An elite two-way defender, Leighton has notched three defensive saves, four goals and four assists for a total of 12 points in her two seasons as a member of the Husson field hockey program.

Head Coach Sabrina Smith nominated Kain for the NAC All-Sportsmanship team because she positively affected the field hockey culture and environment, and her behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity.

NAC #2 Husson will face New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) #1 New England College (NEC) in the NAC/NECC Semifinals on Saturday, November 3rd at 1:30 pm, hosted by NEC. This game marks the 12th straight season that Husson field hockey has made an appearance in the semifinal round of the conference championship tournament, while the Eagles will be looking to advance to their fifth straight championship final and the program's 10th overall.

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2018 NAC Field Hockey All-Conference Teams

First Team All-Conference

     
F- Sadie Royer Sr. Greene, Maine Husson University
F- Haley Ward Fr. Winslow, Maine Husson University
F- Britney Gregoire Fr. Kennebunk, Maine Thomas College
F- Emma Martineau Sr. Greene, Maine UMaine-Farmington
M- Karen Stemm So. Gorham, Maine Husson University
M- Kelci Faulkingham Jr. Belfast, Maine Thomas College
M- Andrea Stemm Sr. Gorham, Maine UMaine-Farmington
D - Allison Leighton Sr. Oakland, Maine Husson University
D- Tiffany Weeks Sr. Kennebunk, Maine Thomas College
D- Torrie Nightingale Sr. Bangor, Maine UMaine-Farmington
GK- MacKenzie Oberholzer So. Hancock, Md. Thomas College
       

Player of the Year

     
Kelci Faulkingham Jr. Belfast, Maine Thomas College
       

Defensive Player of the Year

     
Tiffany Weeks Sr. Kennebunk, Maine Thomas College
       

Rookie of the Year

     
Haley Ward Fr. Winslow, Maine Husson University
       

Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year

     
Torrie Nightingale Sr. Bangor, Maine UMaine-Farmington
       

Coach of the Year

     
Andrea Theberge     Thomas College
       

Sportsmanship Team

     
Gabriella Winslow Sr. Parsonfield, Maine UMaine-Farmington
Kolby Kain Jr. Parkman, Maine Husson University
Allison Hughes Fr. Pittsfield, Maine Thomas College