Purce Named to NSCAA All-America First Team

Purce Named to NSCAA All-America First Team

The senior is a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy (Gil Talbot).

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Continuing the postseason stretch of awards, senior Margaret Purce has been named to the All-America first team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), as announced by the organization on Friday.

Purce, who was also named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career after netting 12 goals and passing out four assists for 28 total points, which led the Ancient Eight. Purce ended her Harvard career in third place on the Crimson career goals list with 42, a mark that also ranks seventh in the Ivy League record books.

The forward is Harvard's fourth first team All-America selection in program history, and the first since Emily Stauffer '98-99 and Naomi Miller '99 were named to the first team in 1996. Purce is an All-American for the second time in her career after garnering third team accolades as a freshman in 2013. Additionally, Purce was named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic first team.

Hailing from Olney, Maryland, Purce ranked 21st nationally with 0.71 goals per game and sixth in the country with 5.12 shots per outing. She also represented the United States with the U-23 team at the Nordic Cup prior to the season, helping the USA claim first place. Named to the All-Ivy first team in November, Purce joined a select group of four-time first team selections.

Harvard women's soccer went unbeaten in conference play to capture its third Ivy League championship in four years, and earned the program's 16th berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson posted a 10-4-3 record on the season.