WATERVILLE, ME --- Thomas College senior forward Taylor Bergeron (Lyman, Maine / Massabesic) has been named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Field Hockey Player of the Year, the Conference Office announced today. Bergeron is joined on the All-NAC team by senior defender Brooklyn Curry (Belfast, Maine / Belfast).
Limited to just a pair of assists in Thomas first nine games, Bergeron exploded during the second half of the season for seven goals and enters Saturday's NAC Championship semifinal against UMaine-Farmington with a team-high 16 points. In NAC play, she posted a league-high 12 points and six goals.
Bergeron had a hat trick against New England College on October 17 and scored the lone goal as Thomas topped Husson, 1-0, on October 24. It was the Terriers' first win over the Eagles since 2004 and the first shutout since 1997.
Bergeron has scored 14 career goals and two assists. She is Thomas' first NAC major award winner in field hockey since Ally Kennedy was named Rookie of the Year in 2009.
Curry has started all 16 games this season, scoring eight points on two goals and four assists. She assisted on both goals in Thomas' 2-1 win over Colby-Sawyer on October 3. One of Curry's two goals came in 2-1 win over Castleton to open NAC play.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
New to the conference this season is the selection of a Sportsmanship Team which is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the field hockey culture and game environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.
Sophomore back Caitlyn Poulin (Knox, Maine / Mt. View) was selected to represent Thomas. Poulin has played in all 16 games for the Terriers, totaling one shot and three defensive saves from her defender position -- two of which came in the win at Husson.
2015 NAC All-Conference Team
F - Mara Balboni, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
F - Taylor Bergeron, Senior, Thomas
F - Britt Mellor, Senior, Husson
F - Emmah Spahr, Sophomore, UMaine-Farmington
F - Jordan Teixeira, Freshman, Colby-Sawyer
M - Cody Kent, Senior, New England College
M - Mikayla Toth, Sophomore, Husson
D - Brooklyn Curry, Senior, Thomas
D - Delainey Kein, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
D - Kayla Royer, Senior, HussonG - Patty Smith, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
Player of the Year - Taylor Bergeron, Senior, Thomas
Defensive Player of the Year - Patty Smith, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
Rookie of the Year - Jordan Teixeira, Freshman, Colby-Sawyer
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year - Rebecca Young, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Coach of the Year - Emily Rinde-Thorsen, Fifth Season, Colby-Sawyer
Amy Belanger, Senior, New England College
Jodi Dumayne, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Ariel Mroz-Brewer, Senior, Castleton
Jen Neri, Junior, Husson
Caitlyn Poulin, Sophomore, Thomas
Lindsey Whitney, Senior, UMaine-Farmington