The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) had four student-athletes voted into the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl Game. The game was comprised of seniors from the Division I, II and III levels. The NECC had four of the 21 Division III players on the roster.
Conference champion, Lesley, saw two student-athletes selected, Karlie Rubin (San Diego, Calif.) and Samantha Turnbull (Holtsville, N.Y.), and were joined by Elms’ Brie Voight (Springfield, Mass.) and Southern Vermont’s Melissa Mascari (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).
In her senior campaign, Rubin led the Lynx to an undefeated 8-0 regular season conference record, and helped the Lynx win the 2017 NECC Women’s Soccer Championship. In eight regular season conference matches, she tallied six goals, and four assists, totaling 16 points. Of her six goals, two were game winners. Overall, Rubin tallied 13 goals, six of which were game winners, and seven assists for 33 points. Rubin was named the 2017 NECC Women's Soccer Player of the Year.
Rubin’s teammate, Samantha Turnbull, was the leader of a Lesley defense that only allowed two goals in conference play. The senior also added three goals, including one game winner for the Lynx, and was a first team All-NECC selection. Elms’ Brie Voight was also a first team All-NECC selection, scoring 15 goals overall, from the forward position. She added four assists, for 34 total points.
Melissa Mascari had a strong senior season in goal, playing every minute in goal for the 12-5-1 Mountaineers. She posted 6 shutouts in 8 regular season conference games, only allowing 3 goals. Her goals-against-average (GAA) in conference was 0.36, and her save percentage an impressive .936, with 44 saves. Overall, Mascari’s .911 save percentage is good enough for fourth in NCAA Division III.
The game was played on December 2 at Merrimack College.