The Norse finished the 2016 campaign with a 13-7-1 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in Horizon League play. NKU captured the Horizon League Tournament crown and advanced to play in the Division I NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in program history. The Norse fell to No. 1 West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament by a score of 3-0.
Macy Hamblin earned Horizon League Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second season in a row. Jessica Frey joined Hamblin on the first team, Katelyn Newton received Second Team All-Horizon League honors, and Ally Perkins was named to the All-Freshman Team. Hamblin, Frey and Perkins all return to the team this season.
The team received their 2016 Horizon League Championship rings at a private ceremony on Sunday in the Founder’s Room at NKU Soccer Stadium.
HEAD COACH BOB SHEEHAN: Sheehan enters his 21st season as the head coach of the program. He is the only coach in the team’s history and sports a 297-94-26 overall record. In Division I play, his teams are 45-41-8.
KEY RETURNERS: The Norse return three of their top four top offensive contributors from a year ago. Macy Hamblin led the team in points (27) and assists (9), while finishing second on the team in goals (9). Jessica Frey was right behind Hamblin in points (26) and assists (6), and she tallied 10 goals, which was the highest mark on the team. Ally Perkins is back for her sophomore campaign after finishing the 2016 season with 11 points and seven assists.
On the defensive side of the pitch, junior Taylor Spaulding returns to anchor the back line. She started all 21 games in 2016, leading the team with 1,855 minutes played. Emily Lohmann is also set to return for her junior season. Lohmann started 19 games at goalkeeper a year ago, recording 78 saves and a 0.788 save percentage.
SCOUTING MIAMI: The RedHawks posted an 8-9-2 overall record in 2016. Miami lost four straight games to end the season, which concluded with a 1-0 defeat to Western Michigan in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Sophomore Olivia Winnett was the top offensive player for Miami last season. She led the RedHawks in goals (3) and points (7) a year ago. There will also be some new faces on the roster, as Miami has 12 true freshmen on this year’s team.
UP NEXT: The Norse will host Ohio on Friday, Aug. 11 in the team’s final exhibition match. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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