PAWTUCKET, R.I. –UMass-Dartmouth's Colleen Kane leads a pack of Eastern Connecticut State Warriors as the Little East announced its All-Conference as Major Awards as voted on by the league's head coaches.
Colleen Kane (Sr., Arlington, Mass.), was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year. Kane lead the Corsairs and the LEC with 64 total goals this season and finished second in total points behind Taylor Graf. Kane led the LEC in total shots with 148 to go along with 14 assists. She was also a defensive presence with 26 ground balls and 48 draw controls.
The Warriors from Eastern Connecticut State won the co-regular season championship for the first time since 2011 behind the leadership from the 2016 LEC Coach of the Year, head coach Christine Hutchison (10th season). Hutchison guided the Warriors to an 11-6 overall record and 5-1 LEC record. The Warriors were led by a pair of junior standouts Paige Schneider and Devyne Doran.
Paige Schneider (Jr., East Lyme, Conn.) was named the 2016 LEC Midfielder of the Year. Schneider finished second behind Kane with 57 total goals and finished in the top-10 with 64 total points. Schneider started all 15 games for the Warriors and also accumulated 40 ground balls (10th), 17 draw controls and caused 9 turnovers.
Devyne Doran (Jr., South Kingston, R.I.), was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Year. Doran played a huge role on the field for the Warriors with her aggressiveness and ability to keep the energy of the team going throughout the entire game. Doran had 48 ground balls (4th in LEC), 50 draw controls (5th in LEC) and tallied 31 caused turnovers for third best in the Little East. Doran also found the net 9 times and assisted on three others as the Warriors finished atop of the 2016 LEC standings.
Joining the Eastern Connecticut teammates, Michelina Pinto (Fr., Groton, Conn.) made a name for herself as a freshman for the Warriors, earning her the 2016 LEC Rookie of the Year award. Pinto finished her 2016 campaign with 36 goals (9th in LEC) with a top-5 shooting percentage (63.2%). Pinto also assisted on 11 goals, managed 45 draw controls (9th in LEC) and 16 caused turnovers on her way to becoming the Little East's top rookie.
2016 Little East Women's Lacrosse All- Conference & Major Awards
Offensive Player of the Year
Colleen Kane, Sr., UMass Dartmouth
Defensive Player of the Year
Devyne Doran, Jr., Eastern Connecticut
Midfielder of the Year
Paige Schneider, Jr., Eastern Connecticut
Rookie of the Year
Michelina Pinto, Fr., Eastern Connecticut
Coach of the Year
Christine Hutchison, 10th season, Eastern Connecticut
Attack Colleen Kane Sr. UMass Dartmouth Arlington, Mass.
Attack Michelina Pinto Fr. Eastern Connecticut Groton, Conn.
Attack Kaitlin Nolan Sr. Keene State Mahopac, N.Y.
Defense Devyne Doran Jr. Eastern Connecticut South Kingstown, R.I.
Defense Carley Altemose Jr. Western Connecticut Stratford, Conn.
Defense Tara Kilderry So. Keene State Northshore, N.Y.
Midfield Paige Schneider Jr. Eastern Connecticut East Lyme, Conn.
Midfield Megan Tingley So. Plymouth State Natick, Mass.
Midfield Leah Douty So. UMass Dartmouth Framingham, Mass.
Midfield Maggie Bodington So. Eastern Connecticut Stratford, Conn.
Midfield Caroline Vonachen Jr. Plymouth State Framingham, Mass.
Goalkeeper Meg Brault Jr. Plymouth State South Windsor, Conn.
Attack Sarah Pelligrinelli Sr. Southern Maine Southington, Conn.
Attack Taylor Graf Jr. Keene State Hanover, Mass.
Attack Destinee Carey Jr. Western Connecticut New Milford, Conn.
Defense Kathryn Gibb Jr. UMass Dartmouth Georgetown, Mass.
Defense Sophia Guerriero So. Plymouth State Essex, Mass.
Defense Taylor Behn So. Eastern Connecticut Amherst, N.H.
Midfield Raquel Heitor Jr. Western Connecticut Danbury, Conn.
Midfield Heather Everett Jr. Southern Maine Waterboro, ME
Midfield Olivia Kosilla So. Western Connecticut Ellington, Conn.
Midfield Lauren Lessard Jr. Southern Maine Lewiston, ME
Midfield Taylor Farland So. Keene State Fiskdale, Mass.
Goalkeeper Taylor Emmerson Jr. Eastern Connecticut Colchester, Conn.