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January 9, 2014

Topsfield's Mscisz earns All-American honors at Wellesley College

Brit Mscisz never played field hockey before she entered high school at Pingree, where she volunteered to play goalie.

It turned out to be a terrific decision.

Now a senior at Wellesley College, Mscisz earned All-American honors after finishing her illustrious career with 38 wins, 225 saves and 10 shutouts with a 1.23 goals against average and 0.76 save percentage.

Last fall, the Topsfield resident captained the Blue to the third round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament and guided them to an 18-4 record, the most wins ever in school history.

“We had a great year and it was an incredible experience for our entire team,” said Mscisz. “The best part was that every year since I’ve been on the team, we’ve kept getting better.

“This was an unbelievable journey, especially as a senior captain. We’d been working very hard ... and seeing it all pay off was very rewarding.”

Wellesley went to the NCAA Elite Eight for only the second time in program history last fall, losing to third-ranked Salisbury University, 4-1, in Maryland last November. During Mscisz’s career Wellesley was 45-22 overall and 22-10 in NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) competition, winning their first league championship in more than 10 years.

Mscisz was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association third team All-American selection. She joined teammate Nathalie Gruet (first team), marking the first time in 11 years Wellesley placed two on the All-American list. She made 76 saves this season with six shutouts and a 0.96 GAA, good for 10th nationally in Division 3. She also received all-conference and all-region honors.

Also an outstanding lacrosse player and captain at Wellesley (her 40 goals and 51 points made her the team’s second-leading scorer last year), Mscisz made the school’s field hockey team as a freshman and has started since her sophomore year, having logged over 3,700 minutes of playing time.

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