PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A total of four Little East Conference (LEC) field hockey student-athletes representing three institutions have received national recognition from Synapse Sports. Worcester State University senior back/midfielder Hayley Sutherland (Tewksbury, Mass.) and junior forward Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) were named All-Americans by the organization, while Keene State College freshman forward Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) and Plymouth State freshman forward Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) were named to the national All-Rookie Team.
Each was named a first-team all-conference selection by the LEC coaches, and garnered all-region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).
The 2017 LEC Offensive Player of the Year, Parent led the LEC in points (57) and assists (15) while finishing second in goals (21) this season for the 2017 LEC Regular Season Champion Lancers. She was named a first-team all-conference selection for the first time this season after earning second-team honors as a sophomore, and was named a first-team NFHCA all-region pick.
Sutherland anchored a defense that allowed just 10 goals over 11 conference games on her way to earning 2017 LEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. She was named an all-LEC selection for the third consecutive year, and was named a NDHCA all-region selection for the second straight season.
Bruno was named the 2017 LEC Rookie of the Year after leading the LEC in goals (23) and finishing second in the league in total points (53) during her first collegiate season. She was named the 2017 LEC Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player after scoring eight goals over three games to lead Keene State to its fifth consecutive LEC tournament title, and was named a second-team NFHCA all-region pick.
Wakefield ranked fifth in the LEC in goals (16) and was sixth in total points (32) on her way to being named a first-team all-conference selection. The two-time LEC Rookie of the Week was additionally named a second-team all-region selection by the NFHCA.