Western New England Dominates TCCC Awards

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Seven members of Western New England received honors from The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Thursday afternoon (Apr. 28).

In addition, Aimee Klepacki was voted TCCC Coach of the-Year after directing the Golden Bears to a 13-4 record and 10-1 mark that clinched the top seed in the upcoming conference championship. The highlight of the season was a 15-12 victory over five-time TCCC champion Endicott that ended the Gulls' 43-game regular season conference win streak.

Senior Nicole Poli (Medfield, MA) was selected the Defensive Player of the-Year for the second consecutive season. She ranks third among NCAA Division III players in caused turnovers (68 for a 4.0 avg.) and is first on the team in both ground balls (66) and draw controls (36).

Freshman midfield Kelsey Daniels (South Windsor, CT) was named the Rookie of the-Year after leading the Golden Bears with 76 points (59 goals, 17 assists) during the regular season.

Poli and Daniels also were All-TCCC First Team selections along with senior attacker Jeanmarie Barbato (Huntington Station, NY) and senior goalie Marissa Bonitatibus (Yorktown Heights, NY).

Barbato is second on the Western New England squad with 69 points (59 goals, 10 assists). She became only the third in player in program history to score 200 goals and is second on the school's career list with 288 points (228 goals, 60 assists). Bonitatibus compiled a 7.85 goals-against average and set a school record for wins (47).

Junior midfielder Katie Toomy (Marlborough, MA) was an All-TCCC Second Team pick after totaling 67 points (40 goals, 27 assists), including a career high four goals and five assists in the victory over Endicott.

All-TCCC Honorable Mention recognition went to senior attacker Nicole Squadrito (Ellington, CT) and junior defender Veronica Miano (Southington, CT). Squadrito contributed 18 points (13 goals, 5 assists) while Miano helped anchor the Golden Bears' defense that has allowed an average of only 7.30 goals an outing.

Top-seeded Western New England will host eighth-seeded Nichols at 4:00 p.m. Saturday (Apr. 30) in a quarterfinal round game of TCCC Championship.


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