DURHAM, N.H. – Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.), a senior forward for the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team, was recently named to National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast Region First Team.
The honor comes as Sheehan’s second in as many years, as she was named to All-Northeast Region Second Team last season. However, what is even more impressive is Sheehan is the first UNH women’s soccer player to be named to the NSCAA First Team since Kimberly Boyle and Maja Hansen in 1995, and the fourth overall. Sheehan is also the third Wildcat in program history to be named to an NSCAA regional team in consecutive years, joining Veronica O'Brien (1992-93) and Boyle (1995-96).
Despite missing seven games early in the season, Sheehan still managed to record 13 points on six goals and one assist in 11 games. The co-captain finished the season ranking second in the conference in points per game overall (1.18) and in conference play (1.57), as well as goals per game overall (0.55) and in conference play (0.71).
Those impressive numbers led her to be named Striker of the Year for the second consecutive year, a feat no other UNH women’s soccer player has ever accomplished. Last season she had the fifth-highest goal total (11) and sixth-highest point total (25) in a single season at UNH.
Sheehan, who garnered the third America East Player of the Week award of her career Oct. 13, was also named to the All-Conference First Team for the second consecutive year and was joined there by senior midfielder Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.), who was a member of the 2007 America East First Team and 2007 NSCAA Second Team, as well.\
Sheehan closes her collegiate career as one of the most impressive players to ever wear the blue and white as she ranks seventh on both UNH’s all-time goals (23) and points (55) list.