Purce Named to 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women’s All-America Third Team

Purce tallied 26 points during her freshman campaign (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

– Freshman Margaret "Midge" Purce of the Harvard women's soccer team has been tabbed to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women's All-America third team the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Friday morning. For a complete listing of the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women's All-America Team, click here.

Purce, a native of Olney, Md., became the first rookie in Ivy League history to be named Player of the Year and the first Crimson player to be bestowed the honor since Melanie Baskind '12 did so in 2011. The Ivy League Rookie of the Year became the first Harvard student-athlete to earn the accolade since Baskin accomplished the honor in 2008.

The first freshman to be named a unanimous All-Ivy first team since Katherine Sheeleigh '10 in 2007, Purce tied for first in the league in points (26) and goals (11) to lead the Crimson's offense and tie for ninth-best all-time in Harvard history.  With her 26 points, she becomes the first freshman since Naomi Miller '99 in 1995 to record that number.

A two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week, the forward started 16 games to help the Crimson to its 11th Ancient Eight crown, the first for Harvard since 2011 and its first 7-0-0 Ivy campaign since 1999 and third overall. Purce contributed to the Crimson's 12 victories, the most for the team since 2011, and aided Harvard to its 14th NCAA tournament appearance in program history.