Block & Baltazar Honored on NSCAA All-Region Team for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College junior back Livi Block (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England Region Third Team.
Block and Baltazar started all 18 games for Head Coach Norm Riker's Camels that advanced into the second round of the NCAA Championship for the second time in the past three years.
Block had one goal and one assist. She netted the game-winning marker in a home victory against Colby September 25. Block played a major role in the program's first round advancement against the University of Scranton as the Camels snapped the Royals' 15 game winning streak with the draw.
Block was a starter on the 2014 NESCAC Championship squad. In 2015, Block celebrated her Jewish heritage and Patriotism as a world champion for Team USA at the 14th European Maccabi Games.
"The team had a great season and having a defender on the All-Region team is fitting recognition for our back four who defended well all season," Coach Riker said. "Livi is one of the fastest players in DIII, the game changes and the excitement grows whenever she touches the ball, the selection is a very nice honor."
Baltazar was honored on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Soccer Second Team earlier this month.
The sophomore striker scored 10 goals to rank third in the NESCAC and assisted on four others to lead the Camels while ranking fifth in the conference with 24 points. Baltazar sparked the Camels to a perfect 7-0 record in the month of September. She scored seven goals in her first four games on the pitch this season and was recognized as the NESCAC Player of the Week September 12.
"The All-Region selection caps off a great sophomore campaign for Alex," Riker said. "She is very humble about her goal scoring prowess and is quick to give praise to her teammate's perfect passes. Still it is hard to ignore the season she had, and making the region team is recognition of her success."
Both Block and Baltazar were honored for their academic excellence today on the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team.