November 5, 2018

NAC Weekly Honors (Week Ending 11/04/18)



Player of the Week

Arika Brochu, Husson

(Sr., M - Augusta, Maine)

Arika Brochu scored her sixth goal of the season just a few minutes into the NECC Championship game to put the Eagles on top early. Six minutes into the first overtime, Brochu received the ball off a corner from Sadie Royer and with one touch rifled the ball through a sea of defenders and past the goalie to clinch the 2018 NECC Championship. She is also credited with a defensive save in the championship game, an assist in the semifinal game, and was named the tournament MVP for her performance.


Defensive Player of the Week

Andrea Shaggy, Husson

(So., GK - Harwinton, Conn.)

Andrea Shaggy protected the Eagles' net through three games and 218 minutes of tournament action, battling through overtime matches against UMaine-Farmington in the quarterfinals and Thomas in the Championship game. She recorded a shutout in the semifinal game against NECC top-seeded New England College, stopping all five shots she faced. Shaggy proved to be relentless throughout the tournament, recording a total of 22 saves with 11 stops coming in the NECC Championship 2-1 overtime win. The sophomore recorded an impressive .880 save percentage throughout the tournament.



Rookie of the Week

Haley Ward, Husson

(Fr., M/D - Winslow, Maine)

All-Tournament player Haley Ward was a key contributor for the Eagles on their way to capturing the NECC Field Hockey Championship in the first year of an alliance with the NAC. Credited with ten shots and setting up countless scoring opportunities, Ward kept the ball within the arc to constantly unsettle opposing defenses. She tacked on the fourth goal against New England College in the NAC/NECC Semifinal matchup to add some cushion to their shutout victory. Husson advanced to the final round and won the 2018 NECC Championship.




Player of the Week

Josh Emard, Thomas

(Sr., F - Lebanon, Maine)

After 67 minutes of scoreless soccer in the NAC Championship game, Thomas forward Michael Sanzari curved a free kick in front of the net and Josh Emard kicked the ball past the SUNY Canton goaltender. The goal stood as the game-winner and Emard earned NAC Tournament MVP honors.


Defensive Player of the Week

Jonathan Dutka, Thomas

(Sr, GK - Durham, N.H.)

Thomas goaltender Jonathan Dutka allowed just one goal in two games to help the Terriers win the 2018 NAC Championship. The senior faced ten shots, four on target, and made three stops in the Terriers 2-1 win over Husson in the semifinal. Dutka followed that up with a three save shutout of SUNY Canton, in which the Kangaroos had five chances at the corner, to win the Championship game.



Rookie of the Week 

Justin Bell, Thomas

(Fr., F - Hamilton Parish, Bermuda)

Bell scored the game-winning goal in the NAC Semifinal to send the Terriers to the NAC Championship game. Sixteen minutes in to the match, Bell took the ball to the net unassisted and scored his fifth goal of the season. The freshman kept the pressure high in both the semifinal and championship tilts, launching seven shots on goal. Bell was named to the All-Tournament team for his impressive performance throughout the championship.



Player of the Week 

Lydia Roy, UMaine-Farmington

(Sr., F - Waterville, Maine)

Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year Lydia Roy continued her impressive season into the NAC tournament, leading the Beavers through two upsets all the way to the NAC Championship and into the NCAA national tournament. The forward kept the pressure high throughout both games, and scored an unassisted insurance goal in the championship to upset the top-seeded Thomas squad and claim tournament MVP honors.


Defensive Player of the Week 

Callie Hammer, UMaine-Farmington

(So., GK - Ellsworth, Maine)

Callie Hammer tended the net in two playoff games for the Beavers, who came away with the NAC Championship for the first time since 2003. She had a four-save shutout performance against No. 2 Maine Maritime in the semifinal game, facing five corners in the contest. Hammer faced five more corner kicks and needed only one save against top-seeded Thomas to come away with an .833 save percentage and the win in the NAC Championship.


Rookie of the Week 

Katherine Hoving, Thomas

(Fr., F - Bristol, Maine)

NAC Rookie of the Year Katherine Hoving assisted on the Terriers opening goal in a 2-1 NAC semifinal win over Husson on Saturday. The freshman found Nikki Bradstreet in front of an open net for the go-ahead helper. Later in the game, her shot on goal deflected off the Husson keeper and directly to Bradstreet for the game-winning goal. Hoving was also named to the NAC All-Tournament Team for her performance over the weekend.



Player of the Week

Alexa Cacacie, Maine Maritime

(Jr., MH - Manahawkin, N.J.)

Cacacie earned Tournament MVP Honors after leading the Mariners to their third-straight NAC Championship. The junior tallied 24 kills, five blocks, four digs and two aces on the weekend, hitting .575 percent. The middle hitter tallied 10 kills, three digs, two aces and a block while hitting .500 percent in the Mariners' 3-0 win over Husson in the semifinals. She followed that up with a match-high 14 kills, four blocks, and a dig in the Championship match against SUNY Canton. Cacacie hit an impressive .636 in the championship match.


Defensive Player of the Week

Maria Perez, Maine Maritime

(Jr, L - San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Perez helped lead the Mariners to their third-straight NAC Championship with 28 digs (4.67) and an assist over Championship Weekend. Perez had a match-high 16 digs (5.33 per set) in the Mariners' 3-0 victory over Husson in the semifinals, and followed that up with a team-best 12 digs (4 per set) in the 3-0 win over SUNY Canton for the NAC Title.



Rookie of the Week 

Rachel Melampy, Maine Maritime

(Fr., OH - Duxbury, Mass.)

NAC Rookie of the Year Rachel Melampy earns her seventh Rookie of the Week honors, and fifth in a row, after the Mariners won their third consecutive NAC Championship. Melampy tallied ten digs and three kills in the championship match to help Maine Maritime win the title in three sets.