Block is the third women's soccer student-athlete to receive All-America status
EASTON, Mass. (December 2, 2016) – Senior goalkeeper Jamie Block (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown), of the Stonehill College women's soccer team was selected to the NSCAA NCAA Division II All-America second team after a historic season.
Block is the third Stonehill College women's soccer student-athlete to be named an All American, as Kathy Neff '01 and Lindsay Pepler '00 was also tabbed on the second team in 2000 and 1999, respectively.
"Words can't even begin to describe how this makes me feel," Block said.
Stonehill's goalkeeper wrapped up her final season as a Skyhawk with a career-best 0.85 goals against average, 19 goals against, 99 saves, an .839 save percentage, and 10 shutouts. The Georgetown, Massachusetts native led the Northeast-10 Conference in shutouts this season, as she totaled 20 games with zero in the back for her career. This ranks her third in program history sitting behind Neff with 24 from 1997-2000.
Block was most recently named to the NSCAA Division II All-East Region first team. She was also tabbed NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year prior to postseason play, as she also picked up NE10 All-Tournament honors and was tabbed on the NE10 All-Conference first team for her first time. The senior was named NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week twice this season and assisted the team to its first Catholic Cup Championship in program history after a 3-1 victory over Assumption and a 1-0 win over Saint Anselm and being named to the Catholic Cup All-Tournament team.
Block becomes just the third Stonehill women's soccer student-athlete to be named an All-American
"This is a tremendous honor for Jamie and one she absolutely deserves," stated head coach Alex Wilson. "Jamie has been a staple of our defensive unit but more importantly a true leader and great teammate. She guided this team to a historic season – culminating our first NE10 Championship in 21 years as well as the program's first NCAA bid. I am so proud of all she's accomplished as a student-athlete and thrilled to see her reach All-America status. This is an earned individual distinction for Jamie but also gives a nod to the special year had by all 2016 Skyhawks."
In Block's junior year, she was tabbed on the NE10 All-Conference team and NEWISA All-New England second team, while being recognized on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for six semesters and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for two semesters.
"This has been a goal of mine and a motivator throughout my career. However, this is by no means an individual accomplishment," expressed the senior. "It's because of my team that I'm even able to accept such an honor. Their constant support has been both encouraging and inspiring and it's because of Coach Wilson that I was able to reach a level of play that I would have never seen without her. She has helped me grow over these past four years in ways that I could have never imagined, allowing me to see this dream become a reality. I am just so incredibly happy and thankful to have been a part of such an amazing team."
Stonehill finished fourth in NE10 play with an 8-5-1 record, while concluding post season play with a 15-6-1 overall record. This mark was the best since 1999 when the squad went 17-4-1. The Skyhawks also tallied national rankings this season, matching its highest four from back in 1999. The 2016 team also recorded its first NCAA bid in program history after winning the NE10 Conference Championship against Pace University, its first title since 1995.
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