WATERVILLE, Maine - The Husson field hockey team swept the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) weekly awards after grabbing their eighth championship title in program history. MVP of the championship tournament, senior Arika Brochu was awarded Player of the Week for the first time this season. Sophomore Andrea Shaggy picked up Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. NAC All-Tournament player and NAC Rookie of the Year Haley Ward achieved Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Arika Brochu, Husson - (Sr., M - Augusta, Maine)
MVP of the championship tournament, Brochu scored her sixth goal of the season just a few minutes into the NECC Championship game to put the Eagles on top early. Six minutes into the first overtime, Brochu received the ball off a corner from Sadie Royer and with one touch rifled the ball through a sea of defenders and past the goalie to clinch the 2018 NECC Championship. She is also credited with a defensive save in the championship game, an assist in the semifinal game, and was named the tournament MVP for her performance.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrea Shaggy, Husson - (So., GK - Harwinton, Conn.
Shaggy protected the Eagles' net through three games and 218 minutes of tournament action, battling through overtime matches against UMaine-Farmington in the quarterfinals and Thomas in the Championship game. She recorded a shutout in the semifinal game against NECC top-seeded New England College, stopping all five shots she faced. Shaggy proved to be relentless throughout the tournament, recording a total of 22 saves with 11 stops coming in the NECC Championship 2-1 overtime win. The sophomore recorded an impressive .880 save percentage throughout the tournament.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Haley Ward, Husson - (Fr., M/D - Winslow, Maine)
All-Tournament player and NAC Rookie of the Year, Ward was a key contributor for the Eagles on their way to capturing the NECC Field Hockey Championship in the first year of an alliance with the NAC. Credited with ten shots and setting up countless scoring opportunities, Ward kept the ball within the arc to constantly unsettle opposing defenses. She tacked on the fourth goal against New England College in the NAC/NECC Semifinal matchup to add some cushion to their shutout victory. Husson advanced to the final round and won the 2018 NECC Championship.