Molly Popolizio Leads All-New England Honors For Women's Soccer Team

Popolizio was a First Team All-NESCAC and Second Team All-Region honoree in 2012
Popolizio was a First Team All-NESCAC and Second Team All-Region honoree in 2012

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Three Bowdoin College women's soccer players have been recognized in All-Region honors announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Junior Molly Popolizio was recognized as a Second Team All-New England choice while first-year goaltender Bridget McCarthy and Becky Stoneman were tabbed as Third Team selections.

Popolizio was named First Team All-NESCAC earlier this fall while Stoneman was a Second Team All-NESCAC honoree. The All-Region award is the first postseason honor for McCarthy.

A spark plug on both sides of the field, Popolizio dominated the midfield for Bowdoin last fall, recording a team-high 17 points and seven assists. Her assist total was second-best in the conference and she also scored five times for the Polar Bears. Three of her five tallies were game-winners, and all three came in crucial one-goal decisions against Brandeis, Connecticut College and Trinity.

Stoneman and McCarthy combined to give Bowdoin one of the finest backlines in the region this fall as the team nearly cut its goals-against-average in half from 2011 (1.60, last in NESCAC) to 2012 (0.96, fifth in the league). Stoneman was the centerpiece of the Bowdoin defense in all 19 games this fall while McCarthy played over 1596 minutes in goal - a new single-season school record - and permitted just 18 goals in 19 outings, carding a 1.01 goals against average and a .829 save percentage.

The trio helped lead Bowdoin to one of the finest seasons in program history, recording an 11-4-4 mark and advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for just the second time.