Middlebury's Baker earns All-American field hockey honors
Darien’s Marissa Baker was one of three Middlebury College field hockey players to be recognized when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its All-American honors on Thursday.
Baker, a junior midfielder, earned a place on the Second Team, after helping the Panthers win their third NCAA championship in four years. Middlebury went 21-1, setting a new program record for victories.
Middlebury senior forward Grace Jennings of Ghent, N.Y., and sophomore defender Erin Nicholas of Scarsdale, N.Y., were both named to the First Team.
It was the first time Baker has received All-American honors, and she also earned All-NESCAC and All-Region recognition this year.
She scored six goals in the final seven NESCAC contests, including a hat trick in a victory over Wesleyan.
In the NESCAC playoffs, Baker tallied in the Panthers’ quarterfinal win over Colby, and scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over 14th-ranked Trinity in the semifinals.
During the NCAA D3 tournament, Baker had a goal and two assists in the regional final against The College of New Jersey, and they had two assists in a semifinal win over Rowan.
For the season, Baker was among the team leaders in goals (9), assists (6) and points (24).