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College Sports: Claremont's Deschaine named to All-America team

December 15. 2017 12:12AM

St. Michael’s College field hockey senior Jenna Deschaine of Claremont capped her career by being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America second team earlier this week, joining 31 other athletes from Division II in landing All-America status. Deschaine was one of only nine backs to be recognized, while 12 players from the Northeast-10 Conference earned laurels.

Deschaine is the 29th student-athlete in program history to earn All-America, with her mother, Patty Porter Deschaine ’89, being the first, in 1988. Deschaine becomes only the sixth All-America defender in school annals.

During her standout senior season, Deschaine also locked down her second career NE10 All-Conference honor while being selected to play in the NFHCA Division II Senior Game, during which she played back, midfield and forward on Nov. 18 at Bellarmine (Ky.) University during the NCAA Tournament Final Four weekend. A senior captain and junior assistant captain, Deschaine was named to the NE10 All-Rookie Team in 2014.

Deschaine was integral at both ends of the field, starting 18 games in a defensive capacity but also totaling nine goals, two assists, 20 points and three defensive saves while serving as the team’s primary penalty corner inbounder.

Deschaine broke Potts’ school records for goals and points in a season by a defender, with Potts having totaled eight goals and 19 points in 2000. Deschaine is believed to be the first Purple Knight defender to ever lead the team in either category during a season. She led all NCAA East Region backs in both categories while standing second in each in Division II.

In her defensive role this season, Deschaine helped the Purple Knights register seven shutouts, their most in 16 years, as St. Michael’s tied for seventh in Division II in shutouts.

In the NE10, she tied for fifth in defensive saves, tied for 15th in goals, and tied for 18th in points. During her four-year career, Deschaine made 65 appearances, starting 45 contests. She posted 12 goals and four assists for 28 points with six defensive saves and four game-winning goals. Deschaine is tied for fifth in school history in career defensive saves.

Wadlinger is top NEISDA swimmer

Two members of the Plymouth State University women’s swimming and diving team were honored with recognition by the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) on Thursday.

Senior Emily Wadlinger of Lebanon was named the NEISDA Swimmer of the Week, while sophomore Casey Allaire was selected as the NEISDA Diver of the Week.

Wadlinger posted a season-best time of 30.82 while winning the 50-yard backstroke during the Panthers’ 120-100 loss at Westfield State University last Saturday. She also earned a second in the 100-yard freestyle sporting a time of 1:00.46, while ending third in the 50-yard freestyle in 27.31 seconds.

This is the first weekly honor for Wadlinger.

Allaire swept the diving events for the third time this season. She scored 219.45 in the 1-meter dive, then set a new season-high with a mark of 216.15 in the 3-meter dive.

Allaire has swept the diving events in each of the three meets that featured diving this season. This is the third time Allaire has earned a weekly honor. She was named Little East Conference Diver of the Week on Nov. 6 and Nov. 13.

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