Five Whit Women Earn NWC Soccer Honors
News Release Date:
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Senior Amy Hasson, named this week to the All-Northwest Conference First Team for the second time in four seasons, is one of five Whitman College players singled out for post-season recognition to cap the 2011 fall campaign.
Juniors Erin Flannery and Jaclyn Rudd were voted by coaches to the All-NWC Second Team while sophomores Hallie Swan and MacKenzie Hughes were tabbed for Honorable Mention.
Hasson, a blue-collar midfielder with a penchant for outworking the opposition, generated 15 goals and six assists in 19 games this fall. It was the second-most prolific single-season scoring effort at Whitman in more than two decades.
She led the NWC in total shots (93), shots on goal (44) and game-winning goals (4). She was second in overall scoring, finishing one goal behind a player who saw action in one more game on the season.
Hasson, who booted a hat trick to start her senior season, was twice named NWC Student Athlete of the Week as she completed her second year as a team captain.
Hasson also made the All-NWC First Team as a sophomore when she combined two goals with a team-leading eight assists.
Flannery, a defender, made the All-NWC Second Team for a second straight season.
Playing in 16 games and starting 14, Flannery was part of a defense that held five opponents scoreless and surrendered just one goal in five other games.
Flannery's lone assist this season set the stage for Hasson's game-winning goal against Pacific in mid-September.
After missing most of her first Whitman season to injury, Flannery played in all 19 games a year ago as a sophomore. She was the only Whitman player logging more than 1,700 minutes on the field that season.
Rudd, also in her second season as a team captain, was Whitman's second-leading scorer in what was her third season as a starter. In addition to four goals, she was second in the NWC in assists with six.
Rudd was named NWC Student Athlete of the Week near the end of the season when she notched all four of her goals on the same weekend. After stinging Lewis & Clark with three goals in a 4-0 victory, she added a fourth goal the next day against Linfield.
Rudd started all 20 games this fall and was second on the team in both total shots and shots on goal.
Hughes, an outside midfielder, contributed two goals and two assists in her sophomore campaign. She was third on the team in total shots and shots on goal, and she put 74.1 percent of her shots on frame.
Hughes registered her most notable assist of the season in Whitman's NWC opener, getting a ball to Swan for a game-winning shot with less than one minute left to play.
Like Rudd, Swan started all 20 games and finished with three goals and three assists as a central midfielder. Both Swan and Hughes scored a goal in Whitman's season-ending 4-1 victory over Willamette.
Swan, who was fourth on the team in total shots and shots on goal this fall, has played in all 39 of Whitman's games in her first two seasons, starting all but one.
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