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Arens, Burns named All-NESCAC in women's soccer

Also a standout on the Bates women's basketball team, Annie Burns '12 became Bates' first All-NESCAC goalie since 2003. (File photo)

HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates women's soccer team placed two players on the 2011 NESCAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team, announced Thursday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Junior back Elizabeth "Bud" Arens and senior goalkeeper Annie Burns both earned Second Team All-NESCAC recognition as the leaders of a Bates defense that allowed only 0.82 goals per game, tied for fourth-best in the conference with Tufts.

Arens' (Weymouth, Mass.) speed, athleticism, intensity, poise and powerful foot were all factors in her earning a Second Team nod as a defender. Bates' go-to player for delivering corner kicks, she accumulated two assists on the season. Arens also made a name for herself last spring on the Bates women's track and field team, as a competitor in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Burns (Topsfield, Mass.) led the conference in save percentage (a career-best .897) and saves per game (7.38), and ranked sixth in goals-against average, at a career-best 0.86. Perhaps most impressively, her save percentage currently ranks 11th in all of Division III. Burns posted shutouts in wins over Tufts, Connecticut College and Southern Maine, and also shared time in net in two other Bates shutouts.

Burns is entering her fourth season as the starting point guard on Bates' women's basketball team, and was the conference leader in assists and steals last season en route to receiving First Team All-State laurels.

Arens and Burns are Bates' first representatives on the All-NESCAC women's soccer team since 2006, when Kim Alexander '07 and Meg Coffin '08 were named to the First Team. Burns is Bates' first goalkeeper to earn All-NESCAC accolades since Lynne Antinarelli '04 in 2003.

Go to the NESCAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team release