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Devanny Tabbed NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Mitchell Earns Second Team Praise

Devanny tabbed NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Mitchell Earns Second Team praise.
Devanny tabbed NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Mitchell Earns Second Team praise.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Two members of the Wesleyan women's soccer team received NESCAC praise for their performances this season, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office on Thursday. Grace Devanny earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year, while both Devanny and captain Mackenzie Mitchell earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors.

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Devanny was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year and earned Second Team praise after a phenomenal 2019 campaign. She finished the season at the top of the leaderboards in the conference, tied for first in goals (10) and tied for second in points (22). Devanny scored a pair of goals in four different contests this season, highlighted by two against Bowdoin that guided her team to a 2-0 victory on the road. She also dished out two assists on the year and led all Cardinals with goals and points. Devanny is the second Wesleyan player to receive the award and first since 2009 when Laura Kurash won the honor.

Mitchell, a defender, earned her spot on the Second Team for her strong performances this season anchoring the Wesleyan defense. Mitchell has started all 16 contests this year, guiding her team to a 0.84 goals-against average which ranked fourth in the NESCAC. Since her sophomore year, Mitchell has played in all 47 contests.

Both Devanny and Mitchell helped lead Wesleyan to its best regular-season performance since 2011 with a 9-4-2 overall record and a 4-4-2 conference mark. This year, Wesleyan set a new program record for longest unbeaten streak in a season with eight (6-0-2), surpassing the previous record of six that was set by the 1993 and 1981 teams. The Cardinals also won their third Little Three title and first since 1982.