Meg Murphy Earns First Team All-NESCAC Honors

Senior co-captain Meg Murphy earned All-NESCAC
First Team honors for the 4th straight year.

HADLEY, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference released the All-Conference teams this afternoon, tabbing Amherst senior co-captain Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) for its First Team. Today’s award marks the fourth straight season that Murphy has earned First-Team All-NESCAC honors.

Murphy introduced herself to the NESCAC as a first-year in 2006, earning conference Rookie of the Year and First Team status in her first season for the Lord Jeffs. While scoring six goals with three assists in 2006, Murphy was the only first-year to earn First Team honors, and was the first rookie to earn that status since 2001. In 2007, Murphy followed up with another solid season, scoring four goals with two assists to lead Amherst in scoring and earn First Team status once again.

As a junior last season, Murphy had a breakout year, scoring a career-high 13 goals, with five assists, for 31 points. Murphy claimed NESCAC First Team and Player of the Year honors last season after leading Amherst to a 7-0-2 mark in regular-season conference play. In addition to the conference’s top honor, Murphy racked up NEWISA and NSCAA All-New England honors, and was named an NSCAA Second-Team All-American.

This fall, Murphy has been the prime target for nearly every opposing team’s defense. Despite drawing all that attention, Murphy leads Amherst in scoring for the third straight season, having scored five goals with six assists for 16 points, through just 16 games. With another three game-winning goals in 2009, Murphy has scored the crucial goal in 10 games for Amherst during her career.

Murphy and the Lord Jeffs have earned the right to host the first two rounds of the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Amherst will open the tournament on Saturday when they host ECSU at 11 a.m. on Hitchcock Field. With a win over ECSU, Amherst will advance to the Second Round and face the winner of Saturday’s 1 p.m. game between TCNJ and Plattsburgh State in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday.