DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) and junior Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.), both forwards for the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team, were recently named to New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England Team.
Sheehan was tabbed with First Team honors for the second straight year, while Kaplan makes the team for the first time as a Second Teamer.
The Wildcats have now had at least one player named to the squad in five of the last seven seasons. Senior Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.), Caitlyn Serafine and Sheehan were the most recent group to be named to the team just last season. Sheehan and Whelan were both selected to the First Team, while Serafine was named to the Second Team.
The honor comes as Sheehan’s second in the last month, as she was also named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team. With that honor, 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 America East 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 Whelan, 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.
As for Kaplan, she had one her best seasons in a Wildcat uniform as she tallied 12 points on three goals and a team-high six assists this season. One of those goals, turned out to be a 3-2 game-winner against Binghamton, which registered as the team’s second win of the season.
Kaplan was also named America East Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 28. In that span she tallied two goals and an assist to set a new personal career high for points in a season (10). Kaplan’s previous high for points in a season was 2007 when she tallied three goals and three assists for nine points.