NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Southern Maine each earned two of the end of the season awards as the Little East Conference announced the 2008 women's lacrosse all-conference teams this afternoon. The Warriors dynamic midfield duo of Megan Gloster (Agawam, Mass.) and sophomore Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) were named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Huskies freshman midfielder Kristy Kendrick (Waterboro, Maine) was selected the Rookie of the Year, while Sue Frost was tabbed Coach of the Year.
Gloster is the first student-athlete in the program's history to be honored as the Offensive Player of the Year. The Agawam, Mass. product sits atop the conference standings in game-winning goals (4), while ranking third in assists per game (1.59) and sixth in points (3.53). A starter in all 17 games, Gloster paced the Eastern Connecticut squad in points (60) and assists (27), while second in goals (33). She scored multiple points in 15 contests this season, including a season-best seven points at Western Connecticut on April 2.
MacDonald became the second Warrior player to be honored as the top defender in the Little East Conference and first since Kara Bradley '07 earned praise in 2005. She rankings among the conference leaders in draw controls (2nd, 3.88), caused turnovers (3rd, 33), ground balls (3rd, 3.76), and assists (7th, 1.12). MacDonald won at least two draw controls in 16 of her 17 games on the campaign, including a season-high eight at Western Connecticut on April 2. The 2008 Little East Conference Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player collected a season-best seven ground balls against the University of Southern Maine on May 3. On the season, she provided a balance scoring attack, netting 20 markers and dishing out 19 helpers. MacDonald was named the 2007 Little East Conference Co-Rookie of the Year.
For the season straight season, the University of Southern Maine boasts the top rookie in the conference circuit. Kendrick completed her first campaign on the pitch leading the Huskies in draw controls (55), while ranking second in points (39) and goals (36). The native of Waterboro, Maine scored a season-high seven markers and collecting a season-best nine draw controls against Keene State College on April 26, while netting six goals at St. Joseph's (Maine) earlier in the season.
Frost led the University of Southern Maine to the 2008 Little East Conference Championship Tournament finals this past weekend, marking the first time in the program's history the Huskies made an appearance in the championship round. She led her charges to an overall record of 8-9, including a 5-1 mark in conference play, to earn the second seed and the right to host a home field game in the Little East Tournament. Frost's five conference victories are even more impressive considering Southern Maine had two or fewer league contests over the past six seasons. She mentored four student-athletes on the all-conference teams, including first-team selection at midfield for Jessica Knight.
Eastern Connecticut State University placed a conference best
seven student-athletes on the all-conference teams, while Keene
State College and the Huskies earned four selections each. UMass
Dartmouth and Rhode Island College each placed three players on the
top teams, Plymouth State University and Western Connecticut State
University had a lone honoree.
Initially formed in 1986 as a six-team men's and women's basketball conference, the Little East Conference has since grown to its present eight-school membership, sponsoring championship play in 19 intercollegiate athletics: baseball; men's and women's basketball; men's and women's cross country; field hockey; men's and women's lacrosse; men's and women's soccer; softball; women's swimming; men's and women's tennis; men's and women's indoor track; men's and women's outdoor track and women's volleyball.
2008 Little East Women's Lacrosse All-Conference teams
|Lily Anderson||Attack||Senior||Eastern Connecticut|
|Jill Kirk||Attack||Freshman||Keene State College|
|Brooke Wayte||Attack||Sophomore||Eastern Connecticut|
|Megan Gloster||Midfield||Senior||Eastern Connecticut|
|Kalie Judd||Midfield||Sophomore||Plymouth State University|
|Jessica Knight||Midfield||Sophomore||University of Southern Maine|
|Kara Kruczkiewicz||Midfield||Sophomore||Western Connecticut|
|Taylor MacDonald||Midfield||Sophomore||Eastern Connecticut|
|Marie Spang||Midfield||Senior||UMass Dartmouth|
|Larissa Basque||Defense||Freshman||UMass Dartmouth|
|Jackie Bivona||Defense||Junior||Eastern Connecticut|
|Erica Robertson||Defense||Sophomore||University of Southern Maine|
|Katie Quartuccio||Goalie||Senior||University of Southern Maine|
|Caitlin Albert||Attack||Junior||University of Southern Maine|
|Justene Dorr||Attack||Senior||University of Southern Maine|
|Michelle Mazzotta||Attack||Senior||Keene State College|
|Kerry McDevitt||Attack||Senior||Rhode Island College|
|Sydney Culbertson||Midfield||Senior||Rhode Island College|
|Caitlin Everin||Midfield||Senior||Western Connecticut|
|Kristy Kendrick||Midfield||Freshman||University of Southern Maine|
|Sara Barrett||Midfield||Junior||Eastern Connecticut|
|Jenny Lillis||Midfield||Freshman||Keene State College|
|Annie Brown||Defense||Freshman||Keene State College|
|Erin Duffy||Defense||Senior||Rhode Island College|
|Meghan Harris||Defense||Senior||Eastern Connecticut|
|Erin Doherty||Goalie||Senior||UMass Dartmouth|
Offensive Player of the Year
Megan Gloster, Midfield, Eastern Connecticut State University
Defensive Player of the Year
Taylor MacDonald, Sophomore, Midfield, Eastern Connecticut State University
Rookie of the Year
Kristy Kendrick, Freshman, Midfield, University of Southern Maine
Coach of the Year
Sue Frost, University of Southern Maine