2017 NAC Women's Soccer All-Conference: Hoyt, Nichols & Steller Earn Top Honors

Colby-Sawyer senior Corrie Hoyt (Lebanon, Conn.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Soccer Player of the Year & Defensive Player of the Year, while Castleton freshman Rylee Nichols (North Clarendon, Vt.) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Spartan teammate Kate Steller (Merrimack, N.H.) was named Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Colby-Sawyer head coach Meghan Medbery was voted Coach of the Year and ten women's soccer student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 All-Conference announcement.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.


Hoyt, the 2014 NAC Rookie of the Year, is only the second-ever NAC women's soccer player to earn both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. She serves as a co-captain and a leader on the back line for a Chargers defense that allowed a league-low 13 overall goals (0.84 gaa) and only six goals (0.66 gaa) in conference play. Hoyt, a four-time All-NAC First Team honoree, has been an instrumental part of the Chargers' six shutouts this season. Offensively, she recorded three goals and one assist this year with two of her goals being game-winners. The senior and her back line helped Colby-Sawyer secure a perfect 9-0 record and the top seed in the NAC Tournament this season. Impressively, Hoyt and her teammates allowed just four or less shots-on-goal in six of Colby-Sawyer's nine conference games, including two games where they allowed only one shot-on-goal and one game with no shots allowed. She started in all 15 of the Chargers games this season and has played 74 total games, starting in 72, and has tallied six goals and five assists at this point in her career. 

 

Nichols has been having a notable rookie campaign with the Spartans. The first-year standout finished the conference regular season ranked No. 2 in goals (11) and points (24). After not scoring in the first four matches of the year, Nichols really came on and led the Spartans the rest of the way. She scored a goal in nine of the last 14 games, and finished the season ranked tied for third in the conference in overall goals (13) and fifth in the conference in overall points (29). She registered at least one point in every NAC contest this season, including a goal in seven of the nine NAC matchups. She also netted two game winners and tallied three assists on the season so far. The freshman has earned four NAC Rookie of the Week honors and two Player of the Week accolades.


Steller is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience. She is an Athletic Training major, who has been named to the Castleton Dean's List throughout her career. She is a member of the Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Honors Society and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She serves as a member of the Athletic Training club and is a teacher's assistant for Evaluation and Management of Injuries to Lower Extremities, Upper Extremities, and Practicum. She is also an academic tutor for all Athletic Training classes and is member of Student Support Network. She was a co-presenter of the Female Athlete Triad at SHAPE conference in Killington, Vt. On the field, she leads all Castleton defenders with five points on one goal and a career-high three assists. She has played in 17 games this season, starting in 15, including eight in conference action. She helped anchor a Spartan back line that allowed 0.66 goals against per game against conference foes, including five shutouts.


Medbery, who was named Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career, led the Chargers to their third perfect NAC regular season in the past five seasons. The sixth-year mentor has guided her team to double-digit wins for the sixth-straight season and will be making their sixth-consecutive appearance in the NAC Tournament. With the squads nine conference wins this season, Colby-Sawyer now holds a 49-3-2 conference record under Medbery and has reached the NAC Title match in each of the previous five seasons. Senior defender Corrie Hoyt became the Chargers' first NAC Player of the Year and second NAC Defensive Player of the Year, but first under Medbery. In conference action, Colby-Sawyer finished the season in the top-two, as the Chargers were No. 1 in corner kicks (69), tied for first in goals against (6) and goals against average (0.66), and were No. 2 in assists (25), points (96), and saves (27). In the most recent NCAA statistical rankings, Medbery's squad is 24th in winning percentage (0.833), 41st in both assists per game (2.20) and points per game (8.07) and 43rd in scoring offense (2.93).


Joining Hoyt (defender) and Nichols (forward) on the first team were Castleton junior defender Kaitie Sanders (Chittenden, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer sophomores, midfielder Molly MacLure (Westford, Mass.) and goalkeeper Sam Mitchell (Chester, N.H.), Husson senior forward Leah Hibbad (Portsmouth, R.I.), Johnson senior forward Kylie Aither (Hyde Park, Vt.), Maine Maritime junior midfielder Susana DeFrank (Temecula, Calif.), and New England College senior defender Nicole Cotrone (West Greenwich, R.I.), junior midfielder Emily LePage (West Greenwich, R.I.) and senior forward Jaycie Triandafilou (Newburyport, Mass.).

Second team selections included Castleton senior goalkeeper Kiley Baran (Granby, Mass.), freshman midfielder Julia Carone (Bomoseen, Vt.) and junior midfielder Bronwen Hopwood (Hinesburg, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer junior forward Hannah Fields (Shapleigh, Maine), UMaine-Farmington freshman forward McKenna Brodeur (Oakland, Maine), Husson senior midfielder Taylor Fortin (Goffstown, N.H.) and defenders, senior Maddie Page (Hermon, Maine) and junior Alex Speed (Guilford, Maine), Maine Maritime senior defender Kylie Bradley (Westborough, Mass.), sophomore midfielder Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) and junior forward Makayla Lewis (Purcellville, Va.) and New England College junior defender Emilie Nowakowski (Meriden, Conn.).

The NAC Women's Soccer Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the soccer culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following ten individuals have been selected to the 2017 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton junior Caitlin Cole (Georgia, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer junior Amanda Martin (Amesbury, Mass.), UMaine-Farmington sophomore Morgann Tortorella (Waterville, Maine), Green Mountain sophomore Taylor Merritt (Lebanon, Conn.), Husson junior Jordyn Hopkins (Limestone, Maine), Johnson senior Shannon Rooney (Waterville, Vt.), Lyndon senior Johanna Sargent (Randolph, Vt.), Maine Maritime junior Miranda McIntire (Alna, Maine), New England College junior Michaela Pomeroy (Thetford, Vt.) and Thomas sophomore Maddy Noyes (Gardiner, Maine).

2017 Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams

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FIRST TEAM
F - Kylie Aither, Senior, Johnson
F - Leah Hibbad, Senior, Husson
F - Rylee Nichols, Freshman, Castleton
F - Jaycie Triandafilou, Senior, New England College
M - Susana DeFrank, Junior, Maine Maritime
M - Emily LePage, Junior, New England College
M - Molly MacLure, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
D - Nicole Cotrone, Senior, New England College
D - Corrie Hoyt, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
D - Kaitie Sanders, Junior, Castleton
GK - Sam Mitchell, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer 

SECOND TEAM
F - McKenna Brodeur, Freshman, UMaine-Farmington
F - Hannah Fields, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
F - Makayla Lewis, Junior, Maine Maritime
M - Julia Carone, Freshman, Castleton
M - Eryn Doiron, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
M - Taylor Fortin, Senior, Husson
M - Bronwen Hopwood, Junior, Castleton
D - Kylie Bradley, Senior, Maine Maritime
D - Emilie Nowakowski, Junior, New England College
D - Maddie Page, Senior, Husson
D - Alex Speed, Junior, Husson
GK - Kiley Baran, Senior, Castleton 

Player of the Year & Defensive Player of the Year
Corrie Hoyt, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Rookie of the Year
Rylee Nichols, Freshman, Castleton
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Kate Steller, Senior, Castleton
Coach of the Year
Meghan Medbery, Sixth Season, Colby-Sawyer

Sportsmanship Team
Kaitlin Cole, Junior, Castleton
Jordyn Hopkins, Junior, Husson
Amanda Martin, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
Miranda McIntire, Junior, Maine Maritime
Taylor Merritt, Sophomore, Green Mountain
Maddy Noyes, Sophomore, Thomas
Michaela Pomeroy, Junior, New England College
Shannon Rooney, Senior, Johnson
Johanna Sargent, Senior, Lyndon
Morgann Tortorella, Sophomore, UMaine-Farmington