Women’s Soccer Earns Five NEWISA All-New England Selections


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Five members of the Merrimack College women's soccer team has been named All-New England by the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association. Senior Nicole Curtis (North Billerica, Mass.) and junior Sarah Coakley (Medway, Mass.) earned First Team honors, while senior Danielle Dion (North Grosvenordale, Conn.), junior Katie Bresciani (Hopedale, Mass.), and freshman Julia Heffernan (Westborough, Mass.) landed on the Second Team.

Coakley was one of four players to start in all 18 matches this fall for the Warriors. She contributed a career-high two goals and tied her career-high five assists, as well as accumulating nine total points. She was also named to the All-East Region Second Team and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team.

Curtis was the anchor of a Merrimack defense that limited opponents to only 1.8 goals per game and a posted a .785 save percentage on the season. The Billerica, Mass. native started all 18 games in net for Merrimack and a two-time NE-10 Goalie of the Week. Curtis finished the season with 84 saves and a 1.28 goal-against average.

Dion previously claimed NEWISA All-New England Second Team and NSCAA All-East laurels. She ranked second on the team with 15 points, as well as being named to the NE-10 All-Conference Second five goals and five assists. She tallied three game-winners this season and finished with a .488 shots on goal percentage.

Bresciani and Heffernan claimed their first career All-Region honor with a NEWISA Second Team distinction. Bresciani finished the season with eight points on two goals and four assists, while Heffernan appeared in 18 games for the Warriors and posted her first collegiate point against Bentley on Oct. 30th.

The Warriors posted a 10-6-2 overall record in 2013 with an 8-4-2 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. Merrimack earned the No. 4 seed in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament and fell to the fifth-seeded University of New Haven in the quarterfinals.


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