STRATFORD, Conn. – In just two years, Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore defender Maggie Bodington of Stratford has gone from All-Little East Conference to National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America All-American.
A two-year starter on defense and two-time first-team All-LEC selection, Bodington followed up her selection to the NSCAA All-New England Region first team with third-team Division III All-American accolades. She becomes only the fifth NSCAA All-American in the history of Eastern men’s or women’s soccer.
In November, Bodington and teammate Emily Becher of Brooklyn became the first players in program history to gain first-team All-Little East Conference distinction as both freshmen and sophomores. Bodington started all 18 of the team’s matches this year and compiled more than 1,400 minutes, averaging 79.8 per match.
A two-sport all-conference player and 2014’s Female Rookie-of-the-Year at Eastern, Bodington led the LEC this past fall with 10 assists (to go along with four goals) – a number that equaled the fifth-highest assist total by a player in a season in program history and the most among defensive players.
With Bodington on the back line, Eastern was ranked in a tie for first place in the conference in least overall goals allowed at 19 and was second with eight shutouts. This past fall, the Warriors won all seven of their LEC contests for the first time in capturing their sixth regular-season title in 16 years under head coach Chris D’Ambrosio. They had an overall record of 13-4-1.
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