On the field and in the classroom, it was a historic year for Brookdale’s student athletes.
In November the Jersey Blues women’s soccer team became the first in school history to win a national title, defeating Mohawk Valley Community College in the Division III championship game.
The win brought home Brookdale’s fifth national athletics title, less than a year after the Jersey Blues men’s basketball team won a championship of their own.
Team members Chelsea James, Amanda Anastasia and Lauren Bowler were named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Tournament Team, while Caroline Duerr was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Erin Kinnerman was named Defensive Player of the Tournament, and Head Coach Katie Miller received Coach of the Tournament honors.
James and Anastasia also joined three other Brookdale student athletes in earning NJCAA academic honors this year. Women’s tennis sophomore Brandi Calvano, men’s tennis sophomore Maclane Smoke and women’s softball sophomore Bobbie Boehler rounded out the awards.
Smoke and Boehler were also named male and female Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). It was the first time in the award’s 22-year history that one college swept both categories.
Boehler, a softball player, earned first-team All-American honors at shortstop as a freshman. She earned the distinction of Region XIX’s top infielder for each of the past two seasons.
Smoke, a 2013 and 2014 first-team All-American in men’s tennis, is the first back-to-back national first singles champion in program history. Smoke garnered three first-team All-Region accolades and three first-team All-GSAC (Garden State Athletic Conference) honors in his two years at Brookdale.
Visit the Brookdale SmugMug page for more team photos.