WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College senior captains Caitlyn Clark (Middleton, MA) and Chelsea Davies (New York, NY) have earned All-New England Honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Clark was named to the region's Third Team and Davies to the First Team in a vote of the coaches.
Clark and Davies, both four-year lettermen, were key ingredients in leading the 2012 Williams women's soccer team (13-4-2) that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the NESCAC title on Cole Field.
In their four years in the Purple Valley Clark and Davies played on four teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, won three NESCAC titles and two Little Three titles, while amassing a cumulative record of 60-14-7 (.784).
Earlier this fall both Clark and Davies were named First Team All-NESCAC. Clark was also named to theECAC-New England First Team.
"Cait was an impact player from day 1," said Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard. "From a purely soccer standpoint, her ability to create scoring opportunities out of almost nothing was incredible. Her vision and knack for finding holes in the opposing team's defense is something that we will greatly miss."
Pinard also added, "From a competitive standpoint, Cait's steadiness regardless of how stressful the moment was a guiding light through our season. She was able to calm the team down and get us focused on playing our best and keep us focused on being the team we wanted to be. The epitome of her competitive calmness was when she finished her pk against Bowdoin to help us win the NESCAC title… the calm she exuded injected confidence into the whole team. Of course she nailed it!"
"Chelsea has been one of the most consistently hard working players from the day she arrived," stated Pinard. "When she came as a first year, she was playing behind All American Kara Duggan and thus didn't get her chance until sophomore year. Since then she has never looked back. The growth in her athletically, technically, tactically and competitively as a result of good old fashion hard work and perseverance has been beyond inspiring for anyone who has seen her play through her four years."