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Acadia well represented among AUS soccer all-stars, major award winners


WOLFVILLE - Acadia was well represented when Atlantic University Sport announced its women’s and men’s soccer major awards and all-stars Nov. 5.

On the women’s side, third-year Acadia striker Meghan Earle was named the conference MVP in recognition of a season in which she scored 12 goals and led the Axewomen to a first-place finish in the regular season standings.

Despite missing two games due to injury, Earle, from Mount Pearl, NL, led the conference in game-winning goals with five, was second in points with 14 and fourth in both shots with 37 and shots on goal with 23.

“The key to Meghan’s season has been her preparation and focus in games, which has led to great decision-making,” said Axewomen head coach Amit Batra.

Batra added that though Earle was prevented from playing a full season due to injury, she has shown the ability to make everyone around her better – “the mark of a great player and teammate.”

Batra, meanwhile, was named the AUS women’s soccer Coach of the Year for the first time in his six years at Acadia. 

Batra led the Axewomen to a 10-1-2 regular season record and a first place finish this regular season. He has led Acadia to three straight playoff appearances, and a berth in the conference final a year ago.

Earle was also named a conference all-star for the second time in her three years at Acadia when she was named to the first all-conference team. She was a second team all-star in her first year in 2013.

Joining Earle as first-team all-stars are third-year defender Emily Nickerson of Coldbrook and fourth-year midfielder Michelle Pryde of Calgary.

A fourth Axewoman, fourth-year striker Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith, was named a second-team all-star.

On the men’s side, Acadia’s Findlay MacRae made it a clean sweep for Acadia in terms of the conference Coach of the Year awards. MacRae was honoured as AUS men’s soccer Coach of the Year for the first time.

In his ninth season at the helm of the soccer Axemen, MacRae led Acadia to a 6-2-5 regular season record, and a playoff berth for a third season in a row.

The Axemen were outstanding on defence, allowing just 12 goals in 13 regular season games, the second lowest total in the conference.

Two Axemen were named conference all-stars – fourth-year defender Andrew Snyder of Bridgewater, who made the first team, and second-year midfielder Ryan Parris of Hamilton, Bermuda, who was chosen to the second team.

Acadia athletic director Kevin Dickie was pleased to have both his soccer coaches recognized as conference Coach of the Year.

“Amit is extremely deserving of this tremendous award,” Dickie said of Batra. “We have all been inspired by his tireless efforts to make our women’s soccer team a perennial contender in our conference.”

Batra, he said, “has found the perfect coaching balance between sticking to his beliefs, convictions and values, while always trying to learn and advance as a coach.”

As for MacRae, Dickie said he “couldn’t be happier” to see him recognized in this way. “This is clearly his program and his community,” he said of MacRae, who was involved in the return of men’s soccer as a varsity sport at Acadia a few years ago.

“He has been the one constant since the team returned to our campus, and he has been most passionate about it achieving success.”

All three of the Acadia major award winners go into contention for their respective awards at the CIS level. The conference all-stars are eligible for consideration as CIS All-Canadians.

On the women’s side, third-year Acadia striker Meghan Earle was named the conference MVP in recognition of a season in which she scored 12 goals and led the Axewomen to a first-place finish in the regular season standings.

Despite missing two games due to injury, Earle, from Mount Pearl, NL, led the conference in game-winning goals with five, was second in points with 14 and fourth in both shots with 37 and shots on goal with 23.

“The key to Meghan’s season has been her preparation and focus in games, which has led to great decision-making,” said Axewomen head coach Amit Batra.

Batra added that though Earle was prevented from playing a full season due to injury, she has shown the ability to make everyone around her better – “the mark of a great player and teammate.”

Batra, meanwhile, was named the AUS women’s soccer Coach of the Year for the first time in his six years at Acadia. 

Batra led the Axewomen to a 10-1-2 regular season record and a first place finish this regular season. He has led Acadia to three straight playoff appearances, and a berth in the conference final a year ago.

Earle was also named a conference all-star for the second time in her three years at Acadia when she was named to the first all-conference team. She was a second team all-star in her first year in 2013.

Joining Earle as first-team all-stars are third-year defender Emily Nickerson of Coldbrook and fourth-year midfielder Michelle Pryde of Calgary.

A fourth Axewoman, fourth-year striker Kinsella Noseworthy-Smith, was named a second-team all-star.

On the men’s side, Acadia’s Findlay MacRae made it a clean sweep for Acadia in terms of the conference Coach of the Year awards. MacRae was honoured as AUS men’s soccer Coach of the Year for the first time.

In his ninth season at the helm of the soccer Axemen, MacRae led Acadia to a 6-2-5 regular season record, and a playoff berth for a third season in a row.

The Axemen were outstanding on defence, allowing just 12 goals in 13 regular season games, the second lowest total in the conference.

Two Axemen were named conference all-stars – fourth-year defender Andrew Snyder of Bridgewater, who made the first team, and second-year midfielder Ryan Parris of Hamilton, Bermuda, who was chosen to the second team.

Acadia athletic director Kevin Dickie was pleased to have both his soccer coaches recognized as conference Coach of the Year.

“Amit is extremely deserving of this tremendous award,” Dickie said of Batra. “We have all been inspired by his tireless efforts to make our women’s soccer team a perennial contender in our conference.”

Batra, he said, “has found the perfect coaching balance between sticking to his beliefs, convictions and values, while always trying to learn and advance as a coach.”

As for MacRae, Dickie said he “couldn’t be happier” to see him recognized in this way. “This is clearly his program and his community,” he said of MacRae, who was involved in the return of men’s soccer as a varsity sport at Acadia a few years ago.

“He has been the one constant since the team returned to our campus, and he has been most passionate about it achieving success.”

All three of the Acadia major award winners go into contention for their respective awards at the CIS level. The conference all-stars are eligible for consideration as CIS All-Canadians.

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