KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A total of five student-athletes from the NESCAC were selected as All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches Association (USC). The announcement was made at the annual NCAA Division III Soccer Championship banquet in Greensboro, N.C.
Amherst senior Rubii Tamen was named a First Team All-American. A USC All-New England First Team selection and the NESCAC Player of the Year, Tamen makes her first appearance on the All-America Team. She led the league in goals (16) and points (33) this season. An All-NESCAC First Team selection, she notched seven game-winning goals this season, including the decisive goal in a 1-0 win over MIT to send Amherst to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tamen finished her career with 74 points (32 goals and 10 assists) in 69 games for the Mammoths.
The Middlebury duo of Clare Robinson and Janie DeVito earned spots on the All-America Second and Third Teams, respectively. Robinson, a First-Team All-New England Region selection and All-NESCAC recipient, is a defensive midfielder and a two-year starter for the Panthers. She has three points this season and has been a constant presence in the Middlebury midfield in the 58 matches she has played. DeVito, also a first-team all-region and all-conference honoree, is a four-year starter on the Panther defense and has helped anchor a unit that has posted 12 shutouts and allowed 10 goals this season. The 12 shutouts are tied for the most in a single season. Both players helped the Panthers capture the NESCAC title and advance to the NCAA Final Four.
Williams junior defender Sarah Kelly and sophomore forward Sydney Jones garnered spots on the All-America Third Team. Both Kelly and Jones were previously named USC First Team All-New England and All-NESCAC First Team selections. Kelly has been a critical piece of a Williams defense that has limited opponents to 11 goals over 22 games. Jones is the Ephs' leading scorer with 22 points in 21 games. She has a team-high 10 goals, eight of which have been game-winning tallies. The Ephs finished as the NESCAC Runner-Up and will play in the NCAA Semifinals.
Middlebury and Williams will compete in the NCAA Women's Soccer Final Four on Friday, November 30. The Panthers meet Washington (Mo.) at 5 p.m., while Williams faces Christopher Newport at 7:45 p.m. The semifinal winners will square off on Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m. All three games are being played at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.