McShane and Wharton Earn NFHCA All-America Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row the MIT field hockey team received multiple All-America awards as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) on Tuesday. Senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) earned a spot on the first team, becoming the first player program history to receive All-America accolades all four years, while being voted the New England East Region Player of the Year for the second time. Junior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.) secured a spot on the third team, resulting in the first All-America nod of her career.
McShane is the only MIT player to be named the New England East Region Player of the Year twice as she first received this award during her rookie campaign. A four-time NFHCA New England East Region first-team pick, she was tabbed for NEWMAC Athlete of the Year honors along with her fourth straight first-team all-conference selection. McShane posted 10 goals and 17 assists for 37 points this year with her assists total tying for second-best in program history. On MIT's all-time list, she tied the record for career assists with 37 and is eighth for career points with 87.
Previously voted to the NFHCA New England East Region first team, Wharton was recognized by the NEWMAC with first-team all-conference accolades in addition to being named the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. She finished fourth on the team in goals (nine) and points (21) at right halfback while powering a defense that limited opponents to 11.2 shots per game compared to the Engineers' average of 25.