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.
Murphy earned her second straight All-NESCAC First Team honor and is the third Eph on the First Team this season. She owns a .405 batting average, ranking second on the team, and is one of three Ephs with more than 50 hits. She has driven in 31 runs, while scoring 21. Murphy has 12 doubles, a triple and eight home runs to account for her .706 slugging percentage.
She is also 10-4 with a 2.69 ERA and one save from the circle and already has 26 wins to her credit in less than two seasons at Williams.
"She has just continued to develop and get better from the circle, at the plate and as a leader for us on the field," Herman said. "Of course she can hit the heck out of the ball, but it's her desire to continue to improve that impresses me the most."
Kim is batting .379 with a .411 on-base percentage and a .657 slugging percentage while also leading the team with 12 stolen bases. She leads the Ephs with 40 runs scored and three triple and also had nine doubles and eight home runs on the season while playing a steady shortstop for the Ephs.
"Jessica has been so good for us from the lead-off spot," Herman said. "And she does it with the least amount of knowledge on the opposing pitcher. She's got tremendous power as well, and she's such a good hitter some times you forget how good a shortstop she is."
Williams (31-10) will host an NCAA Regional beginning Friday, May 12. RPI will play Staten Island at 1 p.m., while the Ephs face Thomas (Me.) at 3:30 p.m.