Wildcats Take Home Honors in the NECC Fall Sports Lineup
In the recent Division III New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) awards, Bay Path College Wildcats put some bold types into the spotlight.
Starting out with the women’s soccer team, the pre-season prediction was to place somewhere in the bottom of the ten teams in the league, according to Bay Path’s Director of Athletics Steve Smith. They didn’t. The Wildcats finished the season with a 6-2-1 record in the NECC conference and picked up a hat trick of awards: Coach, Goalkeeper, and Rookie of the Year.
Returning to Bay Path as head coach of the women’s soccer team is Chris Streeter. He had left the College to coach women’s and men’s soccer at UMass Amherst and Elms College, respectively. However, he took the chance to come back to Bay Path and work with a dedicated group of athletes. And that forecast? Well, he clearly shut that out. “He just knew who to play and how to employ the roster,” Smith said.
For his winning ways, Streeter was selected as the 2013 NECC women’s soccer Coach of the Year. But the accolades didn’t stop there for the team.
First year phenomenon, Alma Rizvani ’17 was honored with the NECC Rookie of the Year award, as well as Goalkeeper of the Year. Never before has a Wildcat taken both honors. She was also named to the conference 1st Team. Smith said that after midseason, this came as no surprise to anyone. “She didn’t even start out in the goal,” Smith said. “It started out where she’d split with the other goalie. But then she’d shut you out in one half, then score against you in the other!”
Rizvani ended the season with the second-highest save percentage and was fifth in the season for saves, with 121. On the conference 1st and 2nd teams, respectively, were Keelin Dougherty ‘14—who led the league in goals with 19, and Rachael Barber G ‘14.
Wildcats field hockey was also lucky to have Anna Meyer in the goal, who led the conference in save percentage, and who was fourth overall in saves. For her stonewall defense, she was named the NECC Goalie of the Year, in addition to being named to the league 1st Team. Joining her on NECC 1st team was Lizzie Deane ’16 on defense
But the other fall sports scored with some bold types also. Last year’s volleyball Defensive Player of the Year, Kacie Bayreuther ’15 was named to the conference 2nd Team. The roster shuffled a bit this year, Smith said, and even though she finished second overall for digs in the conference, her position was no longer libero—the spot that traditionally goes to the top defense honor.
The hearbreaking loss in the finals for women’s tennis is still recent—the Wildcats really had a chance to ace top-seeded Regis College for the win. But two players made it to the NECC 1st team in singles play—Symone Watson ‘14 and Stephanie Morin ‘15. Brittany Walsh ’16 was named to the 2nd team for singles.
The winter sports season has started with the Wildcat’s hoop team. Be sure to check the Bay Path College Athletics page for schedules, and show your support!