Amdur, Hill named All-NESCAC; Ross is NESCAC Coach of the Year

Bates first-year Olivia Amdur (left) and junior Allison Hill (center) were named Second Team All-NESCAC, while Kelsy Ross (right) was named NESCAC Coach of the Year on Nov. 12, 2015. 

HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates women's soccer team's successful 2015 season was recognized by New England Small College Athletics Conference coaches on Thursday, with head coach Kelsy Ross being named NESCAC Coach of the Year and both Olivia Amdur and Allison Hill receiving Second Team All-NESCAC honors.

Ross was chosen NESCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in her five-year tenure. Ross guided the Bobcats to their best record in league play since 2005, turning in a mark of 4-3-3 to finish the regular season in fifth place in the conference. As a result, Bates made its first NESCAC postseason appearance since 2010 and its second appearance in nine seasons. The Bobcats finished the season at 7-6-3 overall, registering their best winning percentage since 2006. Ross is the program's first NESCAC Coach of the Year since Jim Murphy in 2003.

With four goals and six assists, Amdur (Chicago, Ill.) is Bates' highest-scoring rookie since 2008 and the Bobcats' first first-year player to receive All-NESCAC honors since Kim Alexander in 2003. The skilled and aggressive forward led Bates in shots by a 22-attempt margin over her next teammate, with 70. Amdur's assists are the most by a Bates player since 2005 and tied as the second-most in the conference. Among her season highlights was a one-goal, two-assist performance in Bates' 4-3 win at Connecticut College.

Hill (Brunswick, Maine) overcame early-season injury to lead Bates' defense, while also producing two assists on the season. A standout hurdler on the women's track and field team, Hill was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Oct. 26 for her performance in Bates' 2-0 win over Middlebury. In that game, Hill was responsible for both of Bates' team saves, clearing out two would-be goals by the Panthers. She also served up the assist on the game's first goal, scored by senior Karen Lockhart (East Greenwich, R.I.).

2015 NESCAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team