MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Hawks senior Kyra Teixeira (Old Lyme, Conn.) has been voted the 2019 New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year as voted on by the coaches of the NECC and announced by the conference office on Friday afternoon. Her nomination as Player of the Year also clinches a spot on the All-Conference First Team for the first time in her career.
Teixeira becomes the third player from the Hawks women's soccer program to win the NECC Player of the Year, joining Alison Mosdale (2015) and Caroline Plunkett (2012), as the only others to claim the honor in its 12th year of existence.
In her senior season, Teixeira is having a breakout year leading the NECC in goals and points for nearly the whole year.
Teixeira finished the regular season with 18 goals and 43 points. Her seven assists were tied for the most in the NECC with her sophomore teammate and All-Conference Second Team member Kristen Beidleman (Holliston, Mass.).
Having scored in eight of the Hawks last 11 matches, Teixeira has been an important element of the Hawks success in the last six weeks, having gone 8-2-1 in their last 11 fixtures while outscoring opponents 29-4 over that span.
In one of those 11 contests, Teixeira became only the third Hawks player in the last five seasons with three goals and three assists in a game, a feat that Mosdale also achieved in her 2015 Player of the Year season.
Teixeira came into the end of the season voting having won the NECC Player of the Week four times over nine weeks.
This is the second time in her career she has been named to an All-Conference Team, having claimed a spot on the NECC Third Team in 2017.
Beidleman grabs a spot on the All-Conference Second Team in her first season with the Hawks program. The sophomore midfielder and playmaking threat for the Hawks finished the season with four goals and seven assists for 15 points.
Beidleman and Teixeira developed a quick rapport with three of Beidleman's assists coming on goals by Teixeira. For the season, two of Beidleman's four goals were assisted by Teixeira.
In seven games where Beidleman was credited with an assist, the Hawks went 7-0 in all competitions.
Hawks freshman Olivia Sherwood (Southington, Conn.), who impressed in her rookie campaign, grabbed a spot on the Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team.
Elms senior goalie Rebecca Molin (West Hartford, Conn.) was named the Goalkeeper of the Year for the second time in her career. Molin started every game for the Blazers, finishing the regular season at 10-7-2. In her four seasons, Molin is 51-21-6 with a staggering 35 clean sheets and a goals against average of 0.90 in 81 games.
New England freshman Kayla Paquin (Pembroke, N.H.) earned the NECC Rookie of the Year Award following a season with five goals and two assists. Paquin scored a late game-winning goal against Becker in the Pilgrims 1-0 win over the Hawks on Oct. 12.
After leading the Lynx to a 6-1 NECC record and the top-seed in the NECC, Lesley Head Coach Paul Vasconcelos was voted the Coach of the Year for the ninth time overall and fourth time in the last five seasons.
The NECC Playoffs are underway tomorrow afternoon with a pair of First Round Games. The No. 4 seeded Becker Hawks welcome the No. 5 seeded Eastern Nazarene Lions to Alumni Field for a 4:30 p.m. match. On the other side of the bracket, the No. 3 seeded New England Pilgrims play host to the No. 6 seeded Bay Path Wildcats at noon.
First Team All-NECC
F – Kyra Teixeira, Becker (Sr., Old Lyme, Conn.)
F – Claire Hounslow, Lesley (So., Westborough, Mass.)
F – Kayla Paquin, New England Col. (Fr., Pembroke, N.H.)
M – Alizaya Clark, Elms (Sr., Springfield, Mass.)
M – Kayla Pasquel, Elms (Fr., North Attleboro, Mass.)
M – Maddie Deitrick, Lesley (Jr., Burnet, Texas)
M – Julia Cohn, Lesley (Jr., Farmington, Conn.)
D – Haley Richard, Elms (Sr., Monson, Mass.)
D – Kerrie Larson, Lesley (So., Bristol, R.I.)
D – Sophie Smurthwaite, Lesley (So., Woodland Hills, Calif.)
GK – Rebecca Molin, Elms (Sr., West Hartford, Conn.)
Second Team All-NECC
F- Miranda Seacord, Dean (So., Cambridge, N.Y.)
F- Chloe Kouyoumdjian, Lesley (So., La Canada, Calif.)
F- Alexandria Torres, Lesley (Jr., Dixon, Calif.)
M- Kristen Beidleman, Becker (So., Holliston, Mass.)
M- Sam Bernardi, Eastern Nazarene (Jr., Longmeadow, Mass.)
M- Lindsey Fairbank, Mitchell (Jr., Newington, Conn.)
M- Leann Demirjian, New England Col. (Jr., Needham, Mass.)
D – Madison Bernard, Elms (Sr., Chicopee, Mass.)
D – Maider Ruiz de Erenchun, Eastern Nazarene (So., Acosta, Alava, Spain)
D – Madison Wheeler, New England Col. (Fr., Benton City, Wash.)
GK – Griselda Minchaca, Eastern Nazarene (Sr., Whittier, Calif.)
Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Jennifer Wilson, Bay Path (Jr., Tolland, Conn.)
Olivia Sherwood, Becker (Fr., Southington, Conn.)
Molly Rockett, Dean (Fr., Roslindale, Mass.)
Michaela Connors, Eastern Nazarene (Sr., Norwell, Mass.)
Sam Manchino, Elms (Jr., Chicopee, Mass.)
Remington Hasley, Lesley (So., San Diego, Calif.)
Mariah Travisano, Mitchell (Fr., Putnam, Conn.)
Payten Walker, New England Col. (Sr., Hillsboro, N.H.)