Voigt, Robertson Named All-NESCAC; Gromacki Tabbed Coach of the Year
Contact: Matthew Hart
HADLEY, Mass. – Amherst College’s Marcia Voigt ’13 and Megan Robertson ’15 earned All-NESCAC honors and head coach G.P. Gromacki was named Coach of the Year as the conference announced its annual women’s basketball awards on Wednesday. Both former NESCAC Rookies of the Year, Voigt achieved first-team distinction while Robertson earned a spot on the second team.
Voigt earns her first All-NESCAC award after captaining the Jeffs’ offense to a league-best 64.3 points per game average. The league’s top rookie in 2010, Voigt led Amherst in scoring and ranked seventh in the conference at 13.2 points per contest this season while pacing the NESCAC in assists at 4.22 per game. As the sparkplug of Amherst’s stingy perimeter defense, Voigt also led the league lead with 2.37 steals per contest as she helped the Jeffs hold opponents to just 47.5 points per game.
A native of Skillman, N.J., Voigt’s outstanding senior season featured a pair of NESCAC Player of the Week awards and many memorable moments, but none were more important than her second-half dominance in the Jeffs’ conference title game win over Williams on Sunday. After scoring just two points in a sloppy first half, the senior took over after the break, picking up her squad with Robertson hampered by foul trouble as she netted 19 points in the second period to reach a season-high total of 21.
The night before, Voigt became the 14th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points as she scored 14 in the Jeffs’ semifinal win over Bowdoin. Currently ranking 13th at 1,030 points, Voigt also stands at sixth on the Jeffs’ all-time assists leaderboard with 286 over her career. The senior tied the single-game program record with 10 assists against William Paterson on Nov. 18 before turning up her scoring later in the season as she hit double figures in nine straight games from Jan. 4-26.
Robertson, meanwhile, proved herself as one of the NESCAC’s elite forwards on both ends of the floor this season. After a Rookie of the Year 2011-12 season in which she averaged 10.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, Robertson improved each of those figures as a sophomore, leading the conference at 8.8 boards and 2.6 blocks per contest while also pacing the league with a 53.5 percent field goal percentage as she averaged 12.5 points per game, good for ninth in the NESCAC.
The Tewksbury native won a trio of Player of the Week awards and posted eight double-doubles over the course of the year, but perhaps her most impressive night came on Jan. 8 when Amherst faced off with the same Farmingdale State team that it will host in NCAA first-round action on Friday. Robertson didn’t miss a shot all night in the regular-season matchup, sinking all 10 field goal attempts and each of her five free throws for a season-high 25 points to go with nine rebounds and four blocks.
Four days earlier, Robertson turned in her most dominant defensive performance of the winter with six blocks and five steals to go with 12 points and 17 boards in a win at Wesleyan, her third consecutive double-double. Already ranking fifth in program history with 111 career blocks, the sophomore has also been a consistent scorer in the post, reaching double figures in 21 of Amherst’s 27 games. She has been ruthlessly efficient during the postseason, shooting 19-for-28 (.679) from the floor during the NESCAC playoffs while sinking all 10 free throw attempts.
Finally, Gromacki continues his incredible run at the helm of the Amherst program, picking up his fourth Coach of the Year award in six seasons with the Jeffs after also earning the honor in 2008, 2010 and 2011. With a dominant 177-12 (.937) record at Amherst, Gromacki’s 340-50 (.872) career mark is the highest winning percentage among active women’s coaches across Divisions I, II and III and second all-time. With just seven players averaging more than nine minutes per game, Gromacki’s 2012-13 campaign has been especially impressive as he has guided an Amherst squad with no returning starters to its fourth consecutive conference title and sixth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
For the first time in the last four years, a non-Amherst player took home the NESCAC Player of the Year award as Williams’ Claire Baecher ’13 was given the honor. Rounding out the league’s individual accolades were Defensive Player of the Year Bre Dufault ’13 of Tufts and Rookie of the Year Shannon Brady of Bowdoin. Amherst and Tufts were the only programs to place multiple players on the All-NESCAC teams.
The Jeffs begin their quest for a fifth consecutive NCAA Final Four appearance on Friday night at 7 p.m. against Farmingdale State.