WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Williams College junior Lexi Curt (Moorpark, CA) has been selected as the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year while first year Rebecca Duncan (Simi Valley, CA) has been tabbed as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
In addition, sophomore Mackenzie Murphy (Diablo, CA) joined Curt and Duncan as All-NESCAC First Team selections, while sophomore shortstop Jessica Kim (Tustin, CA) was a 2nd Team All-NESCAC selection.
ALL-NESCAC selections and awards are determined by the conference’ coaches.
Curt ranks second in the conference in hits (55) and home runs (10), while hitting .417 and slugging .773 for the 2017 NESCAC Champions. Curt is the fourth Eph to earn the award, joining Joey Lye (2009), Allison Hart (2012) and Erica Li (2016).
“Lexi is a real student of the game and works hard to make herself and those around her better,” Ephs’ head coach Kris Herman said. “She is part of a catching staff that has worked with up to eight pitchers this year, calling games and anchoring the infield.
“It’s her hitting of course that has been great,” Herman continued. “She is healthier than ever and works hard to be at her best every day. She is surrounded by great hitters in our line-up, which makes her even more dangerous.”
Curt has set single-season records at Williams this year for doubles (15) and home runs (10).
She has set career records for home runs (23) and doubles (37) and is currently second all-time with 111 RBI. She is also second in total bases for a single season with 102 and third all-time in total bases with 250.
Duncan is the third Eph to win NESCAC Rookie of the Year, joining Alana Frost (2003) and Cedar Blazek (2010). Duncan has posted a 1.83 ERA in 107.1 innings with a 13-4 record and two saves for the NCAA Tournament-bound Ephs. Her 13 wins rank second in the conference and her 105 strikeouts also are second in the NESCAC. Offensively, the First Team All-NESCAC selection has recorded seven doubles, six home runs and a triple en route to a .660 slugging percentage