All-NESCAC Women's Soccer Team Named, Cronin is Player of the Year, Kim is Coach of the Year

November 12, 2004

11/12/04 - Four members of the <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Middlebury College women's soccer team earn NESCAC honors today. Senior Brittany Cronin (Aurora, Colo.) was named the NESCAC Player of the Year, while also earning first-team honors. Joining her on the first team were seniors Mayo Fujii (Londonderry, Vt.) and Els Van Woert (Shelburne, Vt.). Sophomore Christine Bolger (Edina, Minn.) earned second-team honors, while head coach Peter Kim was deemed the conferences Coach of the Year.

The group is preparing to host an NCAA Tournament second-round game this Saturday when they host Keene State at 1:00 p.m. The Panthers are currently 14-0-4 and ranked second in New England and 12th nationally.

Cronin, who earned second-team honors a year ago, is enjoying a record-breaking season for the Panthers. She leads the NESCAC in goals (18) and points (40), while setting Middlebury College single-season records in both of those categories. Her 18 goals have come in 17 games, to go along with her six game-winners.

Fujii, who has missed the last several games with an injury, was also a first-team All-NESCAC selection. She has 11 goals in 14 games, with an impressive four game-winners this season for the Panthers.

Middlebury's defense has been stellar this season, backed by Bolger and Van Woert in goal. Bolger was steady in the back for the Panthers all season long. She helped lead a defense that paced the NESCAC, allowing a mere 0.45 goals/game, including 10 shutouts on the season.

Van Woert has been a constant in goal, playing in 1558 of 1607 minutes this season. A second-team choice a year ago, she led the league with a 0.46 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. Van Woert also had seven solo shutouts, along with three shared.

Kim earns coach of the year honors after leading the team to an undefeated season through NESCAC play. After stepping in just three weeks before the season started, Kim improved on a 10-4-1 season, leading the team to the NESCAC title game and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.