Meg Murphy Named to NSCAA/adidas All-America Team; Three Jeffs Earn All-Region Honors

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College junior Meg Murphy (Springfield, MA) has been named to the 2008 NSCAA/adidas Women’s NCAA Division III All-America Second Team for leading the Lord Jeffs to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. Murphy is also one of three Amherst players selected to an All-New England Region Team.

Murphy is one of only three NESCAC student-athletes selected to an All-America Team, as she joins Williams College’s Lauren Sinnenberg and Gabrielle Woodson, who each earned a spot on the First Team. This is the first All-America honor of Murphy’s career at Amherst.

Junior Meg Murphy was one of only three NESCAC student-athletes named to an NSCAA/adidas All-America Team.

The standout midfielder finished second in the NESCAC in goals (13) and tied for second in points (31) to lead the Jeffs to a 14-3-3 (7-0-2 NESCAC) record and a spot in the national quarterfinals for only the fourth time in program history.

Murphy’s success during the regular season carried into the playoffs, as she amassed three goals and two assists for eight points in seven postseason games. After recording an assist during a 1-0 win over Wesleyan in the conference quarterfinals, Murphy scored the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over Middlebury before adding a goal and an assist in the finals against Williams. Her final goal of the season came against Farmingdale State in the first round of the NCAA Championships.

Murphy also earned a spot on the NSCAA/adidas All-New England Region First Team after grabbing Third Team honors as a first-year and a Second Team nod as a sophomore.

Earning All-Region status with Murphy are senior Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) and sophomore Kyla Woodhouse (Topsham, ME). Darling was selected to the All-New England Region First Team for the third consecutive year, as she was honored as a defender as a sophomore and as a junior before moving to the midfield this season.

Darling’s decorated career includes numerous postseason awards, including three consecutive All-NESCAC honors and an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America selection. Earlier this year, she was selected to play in the 2008 New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Division III  Senior Bowl game alongside teammate and fellow senior captain Kate Moriarty (Westminster, MA). Darling was the overall leading vote-getter for the event.

Rounding out Amherst’s NSCAA/adidas All-New England Region honorees is Woodhouse, who scored eight goals with six assists to finish tied for fifth in the NESCAC in points (22) during a stellar sophomore season. Woodhouse is one of only three sophomores from the NESCAC selected to a 2008 All-New England Region Team.

Later in the week, the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association named Murphy, Darling and Woodhouse to their regional teams. Murphy and Darling were each selected to the All New England First Team, while Woodhouse grabbed a spot on the Second Team. Last season Murphy and Darling were on the First Team as well, while 2008 is the first time that Woodhouse was recognized by NEWISA.

NSCAA/adidas postseason awards