2014 NAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference Announced; Shafer & Cotter Claim Top Honors

New England College sophomore Abby Shafer (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) earned her second-consecutive NAC Runner of the Year honor after completing the 5k course in a time of 19:48, which was 40 seconds faster than the runner-up. Thomas sophomore Amanda Cotter (Moultonboro, N.H.) completed the course in 21:09, good enough to place her fifth overall and to earn her the 2014 NAC Rookie of the Year.

In a vote of the conference coaches, Colby-Sawyer head coach Lyndsay Bisaccio was honored as conference Coach of the Year after leading the Chargers to the conference crown. The 2014 NAC Champions were also awarded the Team Sportsmanship Award in a vote of the conference coaches.

Shafer, an Egg Harbor Township, N.J. native, led the way this season for the Pilgrims, as she was the team's top finisher at all meets and has taken home five NAC Runner of the Week honors in 2014. The 2013 NAC Runner and Rookie of the Year claimed NAC Runner of the Year after finishing the 2014 Championship in 19:48. The sophomore finished in the top five in five of her meets this season. At the Castleton Invitational, Shafer finished first overall with a time of 20:52, which was 10 seconds quicker than the second-place finisher. The sophomore finished fourth overall at the James Early Invitational, smashing NEC's 5K record with a time of 18:28 (20 seconds faster than the previous record set by Shafer herself back on September 20). Shafer earned two other fourth place finishes, as she clocked in at 20:23 at NEC's Mayflower Kickoff Invitational and finished the Emmanuel College Saints Invitational in a time of 19:25. At Keene State, the sophomore finished fifth overall with a time of 19:11. She went on to break her original 5k record with a 21st-place finish at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational in a time of 18:48 (13 seconds faster than the previous school record set by Shafer last season). At the Purple Valley Invitational, she finished 42nd overall running in a time of 23:54.


Cotter, a Moultonboro, N.H. native, impressively led the Terriers in every race she competed in during her rookie season. She finished in the top five at three different meets, as she placed first at Thomas' own invitational (20:31), third at the Colby Invitational (21:09.62), and fifth at the 2014 NAC Championship (21:09). Cotter placed 10th with a time of 22:13 at the Castleton Invitational, 19th at the UNE Invite (20:48.1), 29th at the Bowdoin Invitational with a time of 25:47.36, 32nd at the Maine State Championships (21:31), and 37th at NEC's Mayflower Kickoff in a time of 22:42 to round out her rookie campaign. Cotter also earned two NAC Rookie of the Week honors this season.





Bisaccio's squad was selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2014 title and the Chargers did not disappoint. Colby-Sawyer earned first place after scoring 38 points with four runners in the top ten. The Chargers also placed in the top three in three of their meets this season including a first-place finish at the Castleton Invitational, a second-place finish at the NEC Invitational, and a third-place finish at the Western New England Invitational.

The top seven finishers, plus the medalist at the NAC Championship are honored as All-Conference First Team runners, while the next seven runners are honored as the All-Conference Second Team.

Joining Cotter and Shafer on the first team were New England College sophomore Erica Notini (Hudson, N.H.), Husson sophomore Chrissy Larrabee (Brooks, Maine) and senior Alecia Palmer (Presque Isle, Maine), Colby-Sawyer sophomores Emily Lopez (Lincolnville, Maine) and Kylee Parker (Winterport, Maine), and freshman Lauren Oligny (Plaistow, N.H.).                       

Second team honorees include UMaine-Farmington sophomore Kaitlin Flanders (Gorham, Maine), Husson freshman Chimene Goewey (Pittsfield, Maine) and Kateri Jeffery (Windham, Maine), New England College sophomore Allison Granata (Norwalk, Conn.), and Colby-Sawyer sophomore Erica Pantaleo (Pelham, N.H.) and seniors Emily Urquhart (White River Junction, Vt.) Caila Walker (Newington, N.H.).              

2014 NAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference Teams

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First Team    
Amanda Cotter                   Sophomore                   Thomas             
Chrissy Larrabee   Sophomore Husson
Emily Lopez  Sophomore  Colby-Sawyer
Erica Notini  Sophomore  New England College
Lauren Oligny   Freshman Colby-Sawyer
Alecia Palmer  Senior  Husson
Kylee Parker   Sophomore Colby-Sawyer
Abby Shafer  Sophomore  New England College
Second Team    
Kaitlin Flanders  Sophomore  UMaine-Farmington
Chimene Goewey  Freshman  Husson
Allison Granata  Sophomore  New England College
Kateri Jeffery  Junior  Husson
Erica Pantaleo  Sophomore  Colby-Sawyer
Emily Urquhart  Senior  Colby-Sawyer
Caila Walker  Senior  Colby-Sawyer

Runner of the Year
 - Abby Shafer, New England College   
Rookie of the Year - Amanda Cotter, Thomas 
Coach of the Year - Lyndsay Bisaccio, Colby-Sawyer
Team Sportsmanship Award - Colby-Sawyer