Castine, Maine - Eleven student athletes were named to the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the event on Sunday, November 10th. Senior Kelsea Anair (Richmond, Maine) earned MVP honors for the champion Mariners. Her teammates, sophomore Jillian Holden (Madison, Maine), first-year Suzanne Wooldridge (Corona, Calif.), and senior Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) were also named to the team. UMaine-Farmington was represented by juniors McKenna Brodeur and Fern Calkins (both of Oakland, Maine), as well as sophomore Adriana Novella (Southwest Harbor, Maine). Husson placed first-year Alexa Thayer (New Gloucester, Maine) and junior Emily Helgerson (Providence, R.I.), while SUNY Delhi placed sophomore Rachael Scoones (Waterville, N.Y.) and first-year A'mya Joseph (Baldwin, N.Y.), on the team.
MVP - Kelsea Anair, Maine Maritime - Anair (pictured left, with Maine Maritime Academy President Bill Brennan) scored in the 67th minute of the championship final to end a scoreless game and lead Maine Maritime to their first-ever NAC championship, with a 1-0 win over UMaine-Farmington on Sunday. She headed in a cross from Laura Blue (Brisbane, Australia) in what was her only shot on goal of the game. The Second Team All-Conference forward also pressured SUNY Delhi and took three shots in the semifinal win against the Broncos.
Eryn Doiron, Maine Maritime - Doiron scored in the 51st minute, on a cross from first-year teammate Laura Blue, to lift Maine Maritime to a 1-0 semifinal victory against SUNY Delhi. She took four shots, two of which were on goal, in the game. The 2019 NAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference midfielder also had two shots in the championship tilt against UMF.
Jillian Holden, Maine Maritime - Holden played a key role in Maine Maritime's strategy, aiding an offense that took 19 shots and nine corner kicks in the semifinal round win. In the championship game, Holden and the Mariners kept the pressure on, outshooting UMaine-Farmington 11 to 9, and also held a wide lead in corner kicks with seven to the Beavers' one.
Suzanne Wooldridge, Maine Maritime - Wooldridge was a defensive anchor for the Mariners throughout the championship weekend. Wooldridge and the defense held SUNY Delhi to 10 shots and one corner kick in the semifinals, requiring goalkeeper Erin Conway (Charlestown, S.C.) to make only six saves. Conway only needed two saves behind the Mariners' defense in the championship game. UMaine-Farmington was held to nine shots total and only one corner kick. Wooldridge also tallied a shot on goal in each contest.
McKenna Brodeur, UMaine-Farmington - Brodeur had a monster quarterfinal game in which she took a game-high 10 shots, six were on goal, and scored a hat trick in the 4-1 win over Thomas. Twenty-one seconds after the first UMF goal, Haley Fletcher (Monmouth, Maine) assisted Brodeur to put the Beavers on top, 2-0. Brodeur scored her second goal of the match on a penalty kick. With seven minutes remaining, Fletcher connected with Brodeur again for the final score. In the semifinals against Husson, The Beavers tied the game 1-1 when Brodeur's well-placed corner kick found Fern Calkins in the 38th minute. One minute into extra time, Brodeur found the back of the net for the thrilling game-winner. The First Team All-Conference member led the Beavers offense in the championship game as well, taking a game-high five shots in the loss.
Fern Calkins, UMaine-Farmington - Calkins was a key part of the Beavers' offensive pressure campaign in the quarterfinal game against Thomas, in which UMF held the advantage in shots (20-12) and corner kicks (6-3). She scored the game-tying goal in the semifinals on a corner kick from Brodeur, setting up the overtime upset win over Husson. In that game, she had five shots, with two on goal. As a midfielder, she also played a role in the Beavers' defense that protected the net from the Eagles offense, requiring goal keeper Callie Hammer (Ellsworth, Maine) to make only two saves and face no corner kicks. She also registered a shot in the championship game.
Adriana Novella, UMaine-Farmington - Novella was a key part of the Beavers' offensive pressure campaign throughout the tournament. In the quarterfinals against Thomas, UMF outshot the Terriers 20-to-12 and forced twice as many corner kicks (6-3) for the Beavers. The offense remained hot in the semifinal game against Husson, registering 19 shots and five corner kicks. As a midfielder, she also played a role in the Beavers' defense that protected the net from the Eagles offense, requiring goal keeper Callie Hammer to make only two saves and face no corner kicks. Novella also registered a shot in the championship game against Maine Maritime.
Alexa Thayer, Husson - In the semifinals, Thayer broke a scoreless stalemate with a shot to the lower right corner, after a series of Husson passes put her in position in the 36th minute against UMaine-Farmington. The goal came on her only shot of the game. Thayer and the Eagles earned the second seed in the tournament and bypassed the quarterfinal round. She was also a Second Team All-Conference selection.
Emily Helgerson, Husson - Helgerson aided a defense that held UMaine-Farmington to two goals despite an offensive pressure campaign of 19 shots and five corner kicks in the semifinals. The Beavers averaged 2.37 goals-per-game. The First-Team All Conference selection helped Husson earn the #2 seed in the tournament and skip the quarterfinal round.
Rachael Scoones, SUNY Delhi -Scoones made three saves in a quarterfinal shutout against SUNY Canton. She then made seven stops in the 1-0 semifinal game loss to eventual champions, Maine Maritime. Scoones ranked in the top five in saves (87) and save percentage (.806) through the 2019 season.
A'mya Joseph, SUNY Delhi - Joseph anchored a defensive line that held SUNY Canton to nine shots (four on-goal) and only two corner kicks in a quarterfinal round shutout win. In a 1-0 semifinal loss, the Delhi defense held Maine Maritime, a team with a 3.06 goals-per-game average, to only one goal. She also registered a shot on goal in both games for the Broncos.