Wilmington’s Jayne Wierzbicki Named NECC Rookie of the Year For Stellar Season At Southern Vermont College

BENNINGTON, VT — The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced its women’s soccer all-conference teams and major award winners for the 2017 season on Mondaywith Southern Vermont College’s Jayne Wierzbicki of Wilmington, Mass. being one of seven Mountaineers to either claim one of the top accolades or garner additional all-league recognition.

SVC senior keeper Melissa Mascari collected the second NECC Goalkeeper of the Year honor in her career while she also made her way onto the All-NECC First Team. Freshman midfielder Jayne Wierzbicki was tabbed the NECC Rookie of the Year-that marking the fourth consecutive season that Southern Vermont has been bestowed with the laurel; Wierzbicki was also voted onto the All-NECC Second Team.

Junior defender Molly Madore and sophomore midfielder Taylor Mallett joined Mascari on the All-NECC First Team while junior defender Naya Cerda and freshman forward Rileigh Griffiths both made their way onto the All-NECC Third Team. Additionally, sophomore Ashley Blom was selected to represent SVC on the NECC All-sportsmanship Team.

“I’m proud of all of these players for their accomplishments this season,” Southern Vermont seventh-year head coach Michael Zauzig said. “All of them had an important impact on our team and deserve credit for helping us be successful.”

Wierzbicki continues the recent tradition of the league’s best rookies hailing from SVC; Mascari won the NECC Rookie of the Year award in 2014, Madore took it home in 2015, and now-sophomore Dani Biggers (Broadalbin, N.Y.) was the 2016 recipient. Wierzbicki was named the NECC Rookie of the Week twice this season, and she notched a team-leading 11 goals for the Mountaineers. Five of her scores came in Conference action, and four were game winners during 2017. She also had a pair of assists to tally 24 points, overall.

“Jayne had a tremendous year, and it was easy to see her impact on each match,” Zauzig commented of his rookie. “She’s fun to watch and has the ability to change a game in a moment. Equally impressive is her work ethic each day at training. I believe she can find another gear, and we can’t wait to see that in 2018.”

All-Conference teams and the league’s top award winners are determined by voting from the league’s coaches after the regular season and prior to the start of the playoff tournament.

Southern Vermont College is a Division III member of the NCAA and is a full, founding member of the New England Collegiate Conference. SVC sponsors 12 intercollegiate varsity programs for its student-athletes: Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Softball, Coed Outdoor Track & Field, Men’s Volleyball, and Women’s Volleyball.

Jayne Rookie of the Year

(NOTE: The above press release is from Southern Vermont College via Merit.)

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