Three Jeffs Earn NSCAA Honors
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Earning a spot on the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America second team, Kathryn Nathan ’13 recently added to her growing list of postseason accolades, while Sandy Shepherd ’13 and Amanda Brisco ’14 garnered All-Region selections.
Her second All-America appointment, Nathan is just one of 42 Division III student-athletes nationwide to be honored, joining Middlebury’s Elizabeth Foody ’14 and Williams’ Chelsea Davies ’13 as the NESCAC’s lone representatives.
A first-team All-NESCAC pick this fall, Nathan was the highest vote-getter among seven midfielders selected to the NEWISA Senior Bowl. Last season’s conference Co-Player of the Year, Nathan continued to excel during her senior season, ranking third in the NESCAC in points (21) thanks in part to a league-high and program-record 11 assists.
Scoring three of her five goals while dishing out six assists during a six-game stretch to close out the regular season, Nathan sparked a dominant span in which Amherst outscored its opponents 21-4. Setting the tone in the opener with a goal and three assists against Mount Holyoke, she factored into the scoring in nine of the team’s games, while handing out multiple helpers on three occasions. In four seasons, Nathan finishes with 24 goals, while tying the school record with 23 career assists.
One of six defenders invited to the Senior Bowl, Shepherd joined Nathan on the All-NESCAC first team, while securing second team All-New England Region honors. Starting all 16 of her appearances, she helped anchor a defensive unit that surrendered the league’s second-fewest goals during conference play (6) while posting 10 shutouts.
Regaining the form that earned her Rookie of the Year honors in 2010, Brisco led the league in points (24), while tallying the second-most goals (9) en route to first team All-NESCAC and third team All-Region praise. Having a hand in the scoring in 12 of the team’s 17 games, she was especially effective down the stretch, netting four goals in three NESCAC and NCAA postseason contests.