HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates senior John Murphy has been named to the NESCAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team for a second straight year, announced Thursday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Murphy was named to the 2012 All-NESCAC Second Team as a midfielder, a year after being chosen to the Second Team at forward.
With eight goals and a career-high five assists, Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) totaled 21 points in 2012, leading Bates in all three categories. He ranks second only to NESCAC Player of the Year Spencer Noon of Amherst in points per game (1.59 for Noon, 1.50 for Murphy) and goals per game (0.65 for Noon, 0.57 for Murphy), and he is third in the league in assists per game (0.36).
Murphy finished his career with 22 goals and 15 assists. As a junior, he was able to amass the most points for a Bates player since the 2005 season, with nine goals and four assists, for 22 points.
This season, Murphy picked up both NESCAC Player of the Week and ECAC New England Division III Offensive Player of the Week honors on Oct. 22, after he factored into all seven of the Bobcats’ goals in a 2-0 week, scoring five goals and adding two assists. He first flummoxed Southern Maine defenders with three goals and two assists in a 5-1 non-conference victory in Gorham, snapping a six-game winless streak for the Bobcats. Equally impressive was Murphy's subsequent performance at Middlebury, where Bates won its first NESCAC game since its last visit to Vermont back in October 2010. (Murphy scored the game-winner in that game, too, a 1-0 triumph over the then-No. 5 ranked Panthers.) Murphy broke a scoreless tie with a free kick at the 52:05 mark, then added his second goal of the game at the 73:34 mark.
Murphy is Bates' first repeat All-NESCAC honoree since Brent Morin '08 in 2007, and the team's first All-NESCAC selection in consecutive years since Terence O'Connell '06 in 2005.
Murphy was also picked this week to play in the 2012 NEISL Division III All-Star Game, where he will be Bates' first representative since Patrick King '10 . The game will be played Nov. 25 at Harvard University. Murphy played last summer at the highest level of amateur soccer in the U.S., for the Portland Phoenix of the USL Premier Development League, and he will attend a pro soccer combine in January.
A native of nearby Yarmouth, Maine, and a former Yarmouth High School standout, Murphy is also a guard on the men's basketball team at Bates.