Northwest Catholic’s Jessica Fontaine '13, a center forward from Enfield, and Cathy Higgins ’13, a center back from West Hartford, have been named to the NSCAA Girls’ High School All America team. This is the second year in a row Fontaine has been named All American. Higgins was named All New England last year. Nationwide 81 young women were named to the team, with four players from Connecticut. Northwest Catholic is the only Connecticut school with two players on the All American team.
Fontaine and Higgins were instrumental in NWC’s historic 2011 and 2012 seasons, when the team won back to back Class M State Championships. Their senior class had an unbelievable record of 73-4-3, with an impressive 40-1 record at home.
In addition to the All American honors, Fontaine has been named All State and All Conference. She is also a two-time CCC West Player of the Year. She was also All Academic all four years. As a sophomore, she was All Conference and All State, and as a freshman, she was All Conference. She also broke the single season record for points this season with 73 points (29 goals, 15 assists).
"It’s an understatement to say Jess has been amazing in her 4 years at Northwest,” said NWC Head Girls’ Soccer coach Todd Sadler. “Being named All American this year just caps off a remarkable career. I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to coach her and couldn't be prouder of the player and person she's become."
Higgins was also All State, All Conference, and All Academic for the past two years. As a sophomore, she was All Conference.
"Every coach wishes they could have a player as smart and composed as Cathy,” said Sadler. “She makes the really tough situations look easy and that is what big time players do. She elevated the level of play of everyone around her, which is exactly what an All American does."
The players themselves are humble about the honor. Higgins said, “I’m very proud to receive this distinction. It’s an unbelievable honor.”
Fontaine said, “I am thrilled to be named as All-American for the second year in a row. I was so proud to be referred to as an All-American my junior year. Going into my senior year, I was determined to do my best to achieve the honor again. This award would not have been possible without the support of my coaches, teammates and family.”
Fontaine and Higgins will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Jan. 19, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Since 1961, Northwest Catholic’s mission has been to educate the whole person: mind, body, spirit, and soul. Enrollment for the Class of ’17 is now under way, and prospective students are invited to take the entrance exam on Jan. 26, 2013. For more information, contact Maryann Lacouture (860-236-4221, x140 or email@example.com).