Three Hawks to Represent Women's Soccer at NEWISA Senior Bowl
Three senior women’s soccer players have been picked to represent the Hawks at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior Bowl on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.
Lauren Brodeur, Michele DeSanti and Mary Beth Hamilton will join 20 players from around the region for the annual event.
Brodeur is one of two goalkeepers on the roster, joining Boston College’s Jill Mastroianni. Brodeur notched more than 5,200 minutes in goal for the Hawks, recording 18 shutouts in 21 career victories. Over her four-year career, Brodeur has a combined 0.99 goals-against-average with 263 career saves. She was a member of the All-Rookie Team in 2008 and was an All-Academic Team selection in 2009.
DeSanti, a major factor in the Hawks' back line that allowed just eight goals over 18 games and shut out 12 opponents, joins an eight person defensive unit for the Senior Bowl. This season, DeSanti added to her defensive strengths with a goal and an assist for three points, closing out her career with two goals and three assists. DeSanti was also a part of 30 shutouts while in a Hawks uniform. DeSanti is a two-time America East All-Conference honoree, this past season on the First Team, one of five Hawks to earn First Team distinction.
Hamilton put together a career year in her final stint with the Hawks, compiling six goals and six assists for 18 points. Her six assists were the second most on the team, while her six goals were third best on the squad. For her career, Hamilton scored 11 goals and added 14 assists for 36 points. In her senior season, Hamilton was one of five Hawks to earn America East All-Conference First Team honors, adding to All-Rookie honors following her freshman campaign in 2007.
The Hawks closed out the 2011 season with a 13-2-3 overall record, sporting a 16-game unbeaten streak along the way. Hartford, which earned a bye in the quarterfinals of the America East Championship, fell to Albany in the semifinals 1-0. The Hawks' overall record helped lead to nine straight weeks in the regional rankings, as high as fourth in the Northeast Region. The Hawks also scored 16 votes in the National Poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.