Maine Maritime Academy claimed four of the five major North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Soccer post season awards, including Player of the Year Eryn Doiron, Defensive Player of the Year Margot Simeon, Rookie of the Year Laura Blue, and Coach of the Year Seth Brown. Husson University's Allison Carey was selected as the Senior Scholar Athlete.
In addition to the major conference awards, 23 student athletes were named to the All-Conference First and Second Teams, and nine players were selected to the Sportsmanship Team. 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 positively affect the women's soccer culture and match environment by clearly demonstrating sportsmanship and integrity beyond the sport playing rules and etiquette.
The 2019 NAC Women's Soccer Championship tournament is underway, with the final four scheduled for this weekend at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. Semifinal games between Maine Maritime and SUNY Delhi, and Husson and UMaine-Farmington, are Friday, November 8th. The championship game will be Sunday, November 10. Follow all the championship action here.
Player of the Year
Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) - Maine Maritime Academy
Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year. Doiron led the league in goals, with 11 in conference games and 20 total. Her goal tally plus two assists means she also led the league in total points with 24 in conference games and 43 overall. The First Team All-Conference midfielder was called on to serve the team on three penalty kicks, two coming in league games, and made all three. Two of her conference goals were game-winners, and she tacked on another game-winner in non-conference action. The senior earned NAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week accolades twice this season (9/2-9/8, 10/7-10/13) for her dominant performance that led to the Mariners unblemished conference record and top seed in the upcoming NAC Championship tournament.
Defensive Player of the Year
Margot Simeon (Findlay, Ohio) - Maine Maritime Academy
The North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year is sophomore Margot Simeon (Findlay, Ohio) of Maine Maritime Academy. Simeon led the Mariners' defensive unit from the midfield position, which in eight conference games only allowed three goals total (.37 goals-against-average) from teams that averaged 2.27 goals-per-NAC game. Goalkeepers Emily Conway and Bess MacArthur had to make only 19 saves (16 and three, respectively) in league games behind Simeon's wall of defense, which racked up six conference shutouts and three more in non-conference contests. Maine Maritime amassed a league-low 1.09 goals-against-average across all 15 games on their schedule this fall. Simeon was recognized as the NAC Defensive Player of the Week three times this season (9/16-9/22, 10/7-10/13, 10/21-10/29) for her herculean efforts, and even chipped in offensively with two goals and one assist for five points in conference games.
Rookie of the Year
Laura Blue (Brisbane, Australia) - Maine Maritime Academy
First-year forward Laura Blue (Brisbane, Australia) of Maine Maritime Academy is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year. Despite contending with injury for most of October, Blue was a force for the undefeated Mariners. In only five NAC games, she scored three goals, two of which were game-winners. The first game-winner came in the 105th minute of a double-overtime battle with SUNY Delhi in late September, after assisting the game-tying goal with under nine minutes left in regulation. Her second NAC game-winner was in the final conference game of the regular season. Blue played in ten games total, and and racked up six goals with four game-winners across the Mariners' schedule. Blue was selected as the Rookie of the Week three times (9/16-9/22, 9/23-9/29, 10/21-10/29), doubling up on September 22nd with both Rookie and Player of the Week honors.
Senior Scholar Athlete
Allison Carey (Plymouth, New Hampshire) - Husson University
Allison Carey (Plymouth, New Hampshire) is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Senior Scholar Athlete. Carey is a four-year member of the Husson University women's soccer team and has started in 41 of the 59 games she played over her career on the pitch. A natural leader, she has served the team as a captain for two years and served the university community as a Resident Advisor for three years. Carey holds a 3.7 grade point average as a Physical Therapy major, and is a four-year member of the Organization of Physical Therapy Students (OPTS). Combining her passion for sports and helping people, Carey has been involved with many charity events during her time at Husson, including leadership roles with the annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament that benefits Alpha One, a non-profit helping people with disabilities live more independent lives, and the annual Special Olympics soccer tournament on campus. She also volunteers for the Fighting Eagles Boxing Club which is a new, boxing-centered wellness group created for people with Parkinson's Disease in the Bangor area. During breaks from scholarly work, Carey is a substitute teacher and works with young children in an afterschool program.
Coach of the Year
Seth Brown - Maine Maritime Academy
Maine Maritime Academy Head Coach Seth Brown is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. Brown's Mariners had a truly impressive season, racking up six shutouts and eight conference wins to head into the NAC championship tournament with an unblemished record, a bye in quarterfinals, and the right to host the final-four tournament. In eight NAC games, Maine Maritime scored 27 goals on 95 shots-on-goal for a collective .625 shooting percentage. The Mariners' led the league with 63 corner kicks, and capitalized on both penalty kicks they had while only collecting two yellow cards all season. Maine Maritime placed six players on the All-Conference teams (five First Team, one Second Team), collected ten NAC weekly awards, and claimed the 2019 Women's Soccer Player, Defensive Player, and Rookie of the Year awards.
NAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams
|Emily Conway||Charleston, South Carolina||Junior||Maine Maritime||Goalkeeper|
|Olivia Curry||Farmingdale, New York||Sophomore||SUNY Delhi||Defense|
|Emily Helgerson||Providence, Rhode Island||Junior||Husson||Defense|
|Caitlin Paradis||Ashland, Maine||Senior||Maine Maritime||Defense|
|Eden Leblanc||Dayton, Maine||Senior||UMaine-Farmington||Defense|
|Eryn Doiron||Wilton, Maine||Senior||Maine Maritime||Midfield|
|Kelsey Innes||North Babylon, New York||Sophomore||SUNY Delhi||Midfield|
|Margot Simeon||Findlay, Ohio||Sophomore||Maine Maritime||Midfield|
|Bri Saulter||Hermon, Maine||Junior||Husson||Midfield|
|McKenna Brodeur||Oakland, Maine||Junior||UMaine-Farmington||Forward|
|Katherine Hoving||Bristol, Maine||Sophomore||Thomas||Forward|
|Laura Blue||Brisbane, Australia||First-year||Maine Maritime||Forward|
|Callie Hammer||Ellsworth, Maine||Junior||UMaine-Farmington||Goalkeeper|
|Aubrey Schaeffer||Union, Maine||First-year||Thomas||Defense|
|Caitlyn Gerrard||Cincinnatus, New York||Senior||SUNY Canton||Defense|
|Morgann Tortorella||Waterville, Maine||Senior||UMaine-Farmington||Defense|
|Mackenzie St. Pierre||Waterville, Maine||Sophomore||Husson||Midfield|
|Emily Boyle||Orleans, Massachusetts||First-year||UMaine-Farmington||Midfield|
|Anna Chadwick||Gardiner, Maine||First-year||Thomas||Midfield|
|Alexa Scaglione||North Babylon, New York||Sophomore||SUNY Delhi||Forward|
|Kelsea Anair||Richmond, Maine||Senior||Maine Maritime||Forward|
|Alexa Thayer||New Gloucester, Maine||First-year||Husson||Forward|
|Micayla Slattery||Averill Park, New York||First-year||SUNY Delhi||Forward|
|Julia Anderson||Salmon Arm, British Columbia||Senior||SUNY Canton||Midfield|
|Samantha Acuna||South Kortright, New York||Senior||SUNY Delhi||Midfield|
|Mikayla Cameron||Monmouth, Maine||Senior||UMaine-Farmington||Goalkeeper|
|Shannon Dowd||Hubbardston, Massachusetts||Sophomore||Husson||Forward|
|Ashley Donahue||Johnson, Vermont||Senior||Northern Vermont-Johnson||Midfield|
|Ellie Harrington||Fareham, Hampshire, UK||Senior||Northern Vermont-Lyndon||Midfield|
|Lilah Chaar||Stockton Springs, Maine||Senior||Maine Maritime||Defense|
|Alexis Levesque||Madawaska, Maine||Senior||UMaine-Presque Isle||Goalkeeper|
|Devynn Turner||Casco, Maine||Senior||Thomas||Midfield|
|Player of the Year||Eryn Doiron||Wilton, Maine||Senior||Maine Maritime|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Margot Simeon||Findlay, Ohio||Sophomore||Maine Maritime|
|Rookie of the Year||Laura Blue||Brisbane, Australia||First-year||Maine Maritime|
|Senior Scholar Athlete||Alli Carey||Plymouth, New Hampshire||Senior||Husson|
|Coach of the Year||Seth Brown||Maine Maritime|