Springfield, Mass. - November 29, 2018 - The Springfield College field hockey program had three student-athletes named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-New England East Region First Team following strong campaigns for the Pride.
Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), and Kyra Ashe (Longmeadow, Mass.) were all first-team honorees, as Springfield was one of only nine programs in the entire country to have at least three first-team selections. This year, a total of 197 Division III student-athletes were recognized as Division III teams were separated into six regions: Great Lakes, New England East, New England West, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and South, which each region honoring student-athletes on a first or second team.
Springfield put together a 12-6 record this season and was the No. 2 seed in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, which was the best regular-season finish in 10 years for the Pride. Thanks to the efforts of Nusbaum, Conley, and Ashe, Springfield had one of the most potent offensives in all of college field hockey. In 2018, Springfield owned a 4.29 goal-scoring margin, which was the sixth-best in the nation, regardless of division. Additionally, the Pride averaged 11.50 points per game, which was the fourth-best in Division III.
Nusbaum put together a sensational senior season and garnered all-region honors for the second-straight year. The Nutrition major established three new program records this season, including most assists in a game (4), most assists in a season (23), and most assists in a career (46). To date, Nusbaum leads all of college field hockey in assists per game (1.28), while her 23 assists were the seventh most in a season in Division III field history.
In her third season with Springfield, Conley was one of just 23 student-athletes at the Division III level to score at least 20 goals. The Physical Therapy major accounted for five game-winning goals and led the team with 45 points. Additionally, Conley finished her junior season ranked 17th in Division III with 1.11 goals per contest en route to earning all-region honors for the second time in her career.
Ashe, who was previously chosen as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, had a tremendous first year with the Pride and ranked second on the team with 39 points. The Sport Management major scored the second-most goals for a freshman in program history, and ranked second in the Division III field hockey among freshman in both goals per game (1.12) and total goals (19).