All-Conference Honors for Women Soccer Players

Leslie Hayden

11/9/2011

Four women's soccer players earned All-Conference honors from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference  for the 2011 season.

Senior Leslie Hayden earned first-team All-Conference honors and also was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year.

Sophomores Garbielle Balestrier and Monica Wolf earned second-team All-Conference selections.

Sophomore Meghan McHale was a third-team All-Conference selection as a midfielder.

Hayden had a career year as she led the conference in goals with 22, while tallying a league-best 51 points. She recorded six game-winning goals during the season, two of which came during the GNAC Tournament as she helped lead the Rams to the conference finals.

Hayden became the all-time leading GNAC scorer on October 29, when her lone goal of the day moved her to the top of the scoring list with 175 career points.

Balestrier finished the season with five goals and six assists for a total of 16 points. Nagging injuries had slowed her down early the season, but she turned it on late, scoring all of her points over the course of the Rams last five GNAC contests to help push them into the playoffs. Balestrier was named GNAC Player of the Week on October 24.

Wolf, a midfielder, tallied 18 points on six goals and six assists. She recorded 76 shots on the season which was fourth most in the GNAC and tops on the team. Wolf also was named to the GNAC All-Tournament team, having scored Suffolk's lone goal in their 2-1 finals loss to Lasell College.

McHale scored six goals on the season and added four assists for a total of 16 points.

The Rams finished the regular season with an 11-8-1 overall record. The team reached the GNAC Conference finals for the first time in program history before falling to the Lasers on November 5.

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