NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Plymouth State
University sophomore Meghan McNabb (Lexington, Mass.) was named the
Little East Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year, while
junior goalie Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.) was selected as the
Defensive Player of the Year when the conference office announced
its annual major awards program this afternoon. Eastern Connecticut
State University senior Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn.) was
honored as the Midfielder of the Year, while University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Colleen Kane (Arlington, Mass.)
was chosen as the Rookie of the Year. University of Southern
Maine's Lauren Reid was tabbed as the Coach of the Year to complete
the 2013 edition of the major award recipients.
In addition to the major awards program, the conference coaches selected a 12-member first and second team, respectively. Each of the seven Little East women's lacrosse programs was represented on the all-conference teams. The Panthers placed a league-high six student-athletes, while Keene State garnered five honorees followed by the Huskies with four.
McNabb is the sixth Plymouth State student-athlete in program history to earn the top offensive player award and first since Nicole Evans headlined the major awards program in 2006. The sophomore attacker from Lexington, Mass. is also making her second straight appearance on the All-Little East first team. McNabb paced the powerful Panther offensive attack with 63 points, scoring 32 goals and 31 assists, in 15 appearances. She ranked among the conference leaders in game-winning goals (1st, 4), assists per game (2nd, 2.07), and points per game (5th, 4.20). The 2012 Little East Rookie of the Year found the back of the net at least once in 14 contests, including recording 13 multi-goal games. McNabb scored a season-high four markers twice on the campaign, most recently against Rhode Island College on April 27. She produced a season-best nine points against Castleton State on March 28 with two goals and seven helpers. McNabb also collected 30 ground balls and won three draw controls.
Field is making her second consecutive appearance as the top defensive player in the conference circuit, becoming just the fourth defensive player in Little East history to repeat. The junior goalie from Hollis, N.H. is also earned her second straight All-Little East first team selection. According to the latest Division III statistical report, Field is ranked first in the nation in save percentage (.577) and 15th in goals against average (7.24). A starter in all 14 games, she posted an individual record of 9-3 with 116 saves in 723 minutes and 11 seconds. Field held her opponents to five or fewer goals five times on the campaign. She reached double figures in saves seven times, including a season-best 14 stops against Rhode Island College. Field was named the Little East Goalie of the Week four times, while earning Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Defensive Player of the Week honors once.
Marchitto is the first Warrior to be recognized as the top midfielder since the conference began sponsoring the award in 2011. The senior from Orange, Conn. is also making her third consecutive appearance on the All-Little East first team. Marchitto is ranked among the Little East leaders in goals per game (5th, 3.29) and points per game (9th, 3.88). A starter in 18 games, Marchitto produced 56 goals and 11 assists for 67 points. The prolific scorer registered 11 hat tricks on the campaign, while scoring at least four markers in a game eight times. Marchitto recorded a season-high 10 points, including eight goals, to lead Eastern Connecticut past Salve Regina on March 16. She was credited with the decisive marker in wins over Salve Regina and Western Connecticut. Marchitto also collected 38 ground balls and won 17 draw controls.
Kane is the fourth Corsair to be elected by the conference coaches as the top rookie and first since Allison O'Rourke in 2009. The attacker from Arlington, Mass. was the only freshman to be selected to the All-Little East teams, earning first team recognition. Kane is ranked among the conference leaders in points per game (1st, 5.31), goals per game (2nd, 3.94), ground balls per game (2nd, 3.31), game-winning goals (3rd, 3), and assists per game (4th, 1.38). A starter in 15 of her 16 matches, Kane scored a goal in every game. She made an immediate impact in the UMass Dartmouth lineup with three points, including two markers, eight ground balls, and 12 draw controls in her collegiate debut at Mount Ida on March 11. Kane was a consistent scoring presence, registering 10 hat tricks on her rookie campaign. Kane recorded a season-high 11 points, on nine markers and two helpers, in her regular-season finale against Southern Maine on April 27. She also scooped up 53 ground balls and won 64 draw controls.
Reid is making her second appearance as the top coach in the Little East circuit after earning the honor in 2010. She guided Southern Maine to the program's most victories since joining the conference in 2002 with 12 to put an additional win between the previous record holders (2010, 11). The Huskies proved the preseason prognostics wrong—projected to finish fifth in the preseason survey—by finishing second in the conference circuit with a 5-1 mark to earn the second seed in the annual Little East Women's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Southern Maine edged third-seeded Keene State in the semifinals to advance to the conference championship game for the third time in program history. The Huskies recently accepted the program's first Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England tournament berth and will face Mount Holyoke College in the semifinals on May 11.
Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.
|2013 All-Little East Women's Lacrosse Teams|
|Colleen Kane||Attack||Freshman||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth|
|Amy MacDonald||Attack||Sophomore||Plymouth State University|
|Meghan McNabb||Attack||Sophomore||Plymouth State University|
|Taylor Corsano||Midfield||Junior||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth|
|Nicole Curry||Midfield||Senior||Keene State College|
|Jacki Kelly||Midfield||Junior||University of Southern Maine|
|Daniela Marchitto||Midfield||Senior||Eastern Connecticut State University|
|Caitlin Swanson||Midfield||Senior||Plymouth State University|
|Kristen Guest||Defense||Senior||Plymouth State University|
|Rachel Meotti||Defense||Senior||Eastern Connecticut State University|
|Sam Nolte||Defense||Junior||Rhode Island College|
|Lorin Field||Goalie||Junior||Plymouth State University|
|Lauren Brown||Attack||Senior||Keene State College|
|Nicole Perrone||Attack||Senior||Western Connecticut State University|
|Eliza Witherbee||Attack||Junior||Keene State College|
|Emily Brooks||Midfield||Senior||Western Connecticut State University|
|Rosie Forster||Midfield||Junior||University of Southern Maine|
|Molly Gleason||Midfield||Sophomore||Plymouth State University|
|Polly Grey||Midfield||Sophomore||Keene State College|
|Christina Rully||Midfield||Senior||Eastern Connecticut State University|
|Ashley Borjeson||Defense||Junior||Keene State College|
|Jessica Gassman||Defense||Senior||University of Southern Maine|
|Selina Houghton||Defense||Senior||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth|
|Kim Vogel||Goalie||Junior||University of Southern Maine|
|Offensive Player of the Year|
|Meghan McNabb, Plymouth State University|
|Defensive Player of the Year|
|Lorin Field, Plymouth State University|
|Midfielder of the Year|
|Daniela Marchitto, Eastern Connecticut State University|
|Rookie of the Year|
|Colleen Kane, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth|
|Coach of the Year|
|Lauren Reid, University of Southern Maine|