MIT Places Four on NFHCA All-Region Team
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 18 MIT field hockey team saw four student-athletes receive New England East Region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Thursday. Senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) along with juniors Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) earned spots on the first team while junior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) was placed on the second team. The Engineers' four selections marks the fourth year in a row they have earned multiple regional accolades.
McShane is the first player in program history to be a four-time all-region recipient as she picked up her fourth straight first-team plaudit. The 2012 NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, she finished the season ranked eighth in the country in assists per game (0.85) while tying for eighth in the conference in points (37). On the defensive side, she marked the opponent's most dangerous player and as a result she was honored by the NEWMAC earlier this season with Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Kenney, Wharton, and Teplensky each collected their first regional honor after being tabbed to the NEWMAC all-conference team for the first time in their careers. From the left midfield, Kenney consistently thwarted upfield play while helping MIT rank third in the conference in goals allowed and goals against average. The NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Wharton was fourth on the team in goals and points at right halfback and powered a defense that limited opponents to 11.2 shots per game compared to the Engineers' average of 25. Playing at center halfback this season, Teplensky regularly took the ball off opposing players' sticks and disrupted plays in the circle. Her performance in MIT's regular-season 1-0 win over Springfield College resulted in her collecting NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week plaudits.