December 6, 2011

Lesbirel Selected to Play in NEWISA Senior Bowl; Kagawa & Barrett Named All-NEWISA

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown University senior Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ) was one of 42 players in New England selected to participate in the 2011 New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) annual Senior Bowl. In addition, senior Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI) and sophomore goalie MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) were both named All-NEWISA. Kagawa was named First Team All-NEWISA, while Barrett earned Second Team honors. All three were instrumental in helping Brown to its second consecutive winning season and its first 10-win season since 2003.

A forward/midfielder, Lesbirel finished her final season with 6 points (1g, 4a), including one game-winning goal, while playing in 14 games (12 starts). A three-year starter, Lesbirel finished her career with 25 points (7g, 11a), including three game-winnin ggoals, in 63 games (43 starts). The annual NEWISA Senior Bowl Game, played on Sunday, December 4th at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, brought together seniors from all three divisions. Lesbirel scored the fourth goal of the game for the Sky Blue team, 6-4 winners, converting a pass from Katie Caron of the University of New England in the 58th minute.

A three-time All-Ivy honoree, Kagawa earned First Team All-Ivy honors for the second straight season after earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy in 2009. One of just two unanimous First Team All-Ivy selections this season, Kagawa helped the Bears post seven shutouts, which was tied for second in the Ivy League, while allowing just 14 goals in 17 games, also second in the League. For the season, Brown's defense posted a 0.80 team GAA, a mark that currently ranks 42nd in the country. Kagawa started all 66 games during her four-year career, rarely coming off the field, and also posted two assists this season, matching a career high. 

Barrett, who was named a first team All-Ivy goalie along with Penn's Sarah Banks, after posting a 0.73 GAA, 2nd in the Ivy League and 29th in the nation, and a .864 save percentage, 2nd in the Ivy League and 16th in the nation, in 17 games, four starts. After playing the second half of every game in 2010 and the first 13 games of 2011, Barrett played the last four games in entirety due to an injury to classmate Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH). Barrett posted two shutouts and teamed with Bledsoe to lead Brown to five others, as the Bears were tied for second in the League with seven shutouts and second in the League with just 14 goals allowed. She finished the year with 51 saves, earning an 8-4-2 record. A one-time Ivy League Player of the Week in 2011, Barrett was the 2010 recipient of the Coaches' Award. She has played in 34 career games and has posted 98 saves, a 0.89 GAA and a .845 save percentage, while helping Brown post 13 shutouts over the past two seasons. 

Pictured: (l-r) Allison Kagawa '12, MC Barrett '14, Marybeth Lesbirel '12 (Photos by DSPics.net)