Five Women’s Soccer Players Garner All-NESCAC Honors; Kim Coach of the Year

(L-R): Janie DeVito, Clare Robinson and head coach Peter Kim.
(L-R): Janie DeVito, Clare Robinson and head coach Peter Kim.


Five members of the Middlebury College women's soccer team were honored when the NESCAC announced its postseason squads on Thursday afternoon. Seniors Clare Robinson (Davidson, N.C.) and Janie DeVito (Rumson, N.J.) were each first-team selections. Landing spots on the second team were senior Amanda Dafonte (Pennington, N.J.), junior Ursula Alwang (Weston, Conn.) and sophomore Eliza Van Voorhis (Mattapoisett, Mass.). Head coach Peter Kim earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors. The third-ranked Panthers enter this weekend's NCAA Regional on Dragone Field with a 15-1-2 record.

Robinson is a two-year starter and three-year contributor in the Panther midfield. She has three points this season on a goal, the game-winning tally against Trinity, to go along with an assist. In her career, she has played in 54 matches with 38 starts, including each of the 17 she has played in this fall.

DeVito is a four-year starter for the Panthers. She has helped anchor a defensive unit with nine shutouts and has allowed just nine goals entering the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers are tied for second in the NESCAC allowing 0.49 goals per match and have yet to allow more than one goal in any contest this season.

Dafonte is a four-year contributor and two-year starter as both a back and a midfielder for Middlebury. In 66 career matches with 33 starts, she has six goals, four game-winning goals and seven assists, including three helpers this season.

Alwang leads the NESCAC and ranks 15th nationally with her .898 save percentage entering the NCAA Tournament. Her 0.44 goals against average is second in the conference. She has recorded five shutouts this season, while sharing three. In her first three seasons, she has amassed a 28-6-4 record with a 0.57 goals against average and 14 solo shutouts. 

Van Voorhis has produced seven goals this fall and 17 points to lead the Panthers, as her goal total is tied for seventh in the NESCAC. Moving up from the defense to a forward position this fall, she has tallied three game-winning goals, tying her atop the team ranks. In her first two seasons, Van Voorhis has scored 12 goals to go along with four assists for 28 points in 35 matches.

Kim picks up his sixth NESCAC Coach of the Year honor, also receiving the award in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013. He guided the Panthers to their fourth NESCAC Championship last weekend. Kim is in his 15th year as the team's head coach, owning a record of 178-61-30 (.717) entering the NCAA Tournament.