The Beavers will host Maine Maritime Academy today with game time set for 4:00 PM. The Beavers beat the Mariners in the regular season by a score of 10-1. Both programs will look to get to the semifinals for the first time in program historys.
New England College senior Allison Granata (Norwalk, Conn.) has been selected as both the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year and Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Pilgrim classmate Mackenzie Meegan (Phoenix, Ariz.) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Colby-Sawyer sophomore Brittany Ireland (Amherst, N.H.) earned Rookie of the Year, UMaine-Farmington head coach Beth Lebel was voted as the Coach of the Year and ten women's lacrosse student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Lebel, in only her first year at the helm of the UMF squad, has earned NAC Coach of the Year after leading her squad to a 7-2 record in conference play and a program-best nine overall wins. The Beavers saw vast improvement under the first-year mentor, claiming four more NAC wins this season and lowering their postseason seed from sixth to third in just a year of work. UMF finished the conference regular season ranked in the top four in seven different statistical categories, including goals (106), goals per game (11.78), assists (48), shot percentage (45.3%), draw controls (112), ground balls (243), and caused turnovers (107). Nationally, Label's squad is ranked in the top 40 in three categories. Most notably the Beavers are seventh in ground balls per game (27.42), to go along with a 20th ranking in caused turnovers per game (12.67) and 39th in winning percentage (75%).
Granata is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience, while serving as a role model in both the classroom and on the field. Impressively, she is majoring in both Business Administration and Kinesiology, while also competing as a dual sport athlete in both women's cross country and women' lacrosse. Off of the field, she is a member of New England College's honor program and has served on the NEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This past spring she set up a walk for suicide prevention as a part of her honors project. On the field, Granata has been an offensive force this season especially in conference play, recording a notable 58 points on 47 goals and 11 assists. She collected four or more points in eight of nine conference games, while also scoring at least three goals in every NAC game and posting seven or more goals in four NAC games. Other impressive marks in conference action include, dishing at least one assist in five games, gathering five or more ground balls in seven games, and causing at least two turnovers in seven games. The senior led the NAC in goals, while compiling an impressive 85.7 shots-on-goal percentage including a perfect shot-on-goal percentage in five games. She also tallied 45 ground balls, 38 draw controls and 24 caused turnovers in conference action. The senior broke NEC's all-time career scoring and points records this season and currently has 200 career goals, 256 points, 302 ground balls, 200 draw controls, and 125 caused turnovers. According to the most recent Division III rankings, she is currently ninth in goals (65), 16th in ground balls per game (4.50), 21st in goals per game (4.06), and 25th in points (78).
Meegan has been extremely solid for the Pilgrims defense, allowing only 30 goals in conference action, while posting a notable 65.9 save percentage and a miniscule 3.41 GAA to lead the league. She compiled a near-perfect 8-1 mark in NAC action, while recording 58 total saves in 528:12 minutes of action, including two double-digit save performances and six games in which she allowed no more than two goals. The senior moved into third on NEC's career saves list with 661 career saves and holds a career save percentage of .474. Compared to all other Division III goalkeepers, Meegan ranks 14th in the nation with a 0.556 save percentage to go along with a 40th ranking in saves (139).
Ireland has enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign with the Chargers. The sophomore standout finished the conference regular season with 26 points on 17 goals and nine assists to go along with 25 ground balls, 19 draw controls and seven caused turnovers. She started in all nine conference games, while tallying at least three points in five games and posting a notable 93.1 shots-on-goal percentage. The rookie scored two or more goals in five conference matchups, including four games in which she found the back of the net at least three times and six games in which she dished at least one assist. Ireland was selected NAC Rookie of the Week twice this season.
Joining Granata (midfield) and Meegan (goalkeeper) on the first team were Castleton senior attacker Tiffany Danyow (Middlebury, Vt.), senior defender Sabrina Hosner (Penticton, B.C.), and senior midfielder Grace Johnson (So. Burlington, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer junior midfielder Nicole Lavigne (Berlin, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington senior defender Erica Letellier (Biddeford, Maine), senior midfielder Rhi Jackson (Saco, Maine), and junior attacker Carly Raymond (Topsham, Maine), Husson senior defender Lauren Coughlin (Windham, Maine), and New England College sophomore attacker Tara Bainbridge (South Hadley, Mass.), sophomore defender Kaitlyn Berry (Canterbury, N.H.), and sophomore attacker Alana Scott (Huntington, Vt.).
Second team selections include Colby-Sawyer's Ireland (attack), junior defender Courtney Lampert (Derry, N.H.) and sophomore midfielder Sierra Schuster (Hopkinton, N.H.), Castleton junior attacker Emily Cross (Shaftsbury, Vt.) and sophomore defender Erin McKenna (York, Maine), UMaine-Farmington freshman goalkeeper Samantha Bickford (Oxford, Maine), Husson junior midfielder Amanda Deshaies (Wells, Maine), freshman attacker Makenna Mont (Freetown, Mass.) and senior attacker Mattie Russell (Hope Valley, R.I.), Lyndon junior midfielder Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.), Maine Maritime senior midfielder Tori Cooper (Saco, Maine), New England College senior defender Lindsey Stewart (South Windsor, Conn.), and Thomas junior defender Hailey Mullen (South Portland, Maine).
The NAC Women's Lacrosse Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the lacrosse culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following ten individuals have been selected to the 2017 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Ashley Pelkey (Barre, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer sophomore Bethany Fennessey (Windham, N.H.), UMaine-Farmington senior Alaina Shorey (Lebanon, Maine), Green Mountain senior Keeley Titus (Medford, N.J.), Husson's Russell, Johnson State junior Tegan Pellerin (Thetford, Vt.), Lyndon senior Gwyn Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.), Maine Maritime senior Morgan Maxwell (Windham, Maine), New England College sophomore Anya Owens (Spofford, N.H.), and Thomas junior Cassidy West (Vassalboro, Maine).
2017 NAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
To view a PDF list of the All-Conference team click HERE.
A - Tara Bainbridge, Sophomore, New England College
A - Tiffany Danyow, Senior, Castleton
A - Carly Raymond, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
A - Alana Scott, Sophomore, New England College
M - Allison Granata, Senior, New England College
M - Rhi Jackson, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
M - Grace Johnson, Senior, Castleton
M - Nicole Lavigne, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
D - Kaitlyn Berry, Sophomore, New England College
D - Lauren Coughlin, Senior, Husson
D - Sabrina Hosner, Senior, Castleton
D - Erica Letellier, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
GK - Mackenzie Meegan, Senior, New England College
A - Emily Cross, Junior, Castleton
A - Brittany Ireland, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
A - Makenna Mont, Freshman, Husson
A - Mattie Russell, Senior, Husson
M - Tori Cooper, Senior, Maine Maritime
M - Amanda Deshaies, Junior, Husson
M - Mikayla Hodge, Junior, Lyndon
M - Sierra Schuster, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
D - Courtney Lampert, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
D - Erin McKenna, Sophomore, Castleton
D - Hailey Mullen, Junior, Thomas
D - Lindsey Stewart, Senior, New England College
GK - Samantha Bickford, Freshman, UMaine-Farmington
Player of the Year & Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Allison Granata, Senior, New England College
Defensive Player of the Year
Mackenzie Meegan, Senior, New England College
Rookie of the Year
Brittany Ireland, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
Coach of the Year
Beth Lebel, First Season, UMaine-Farmington
Bethany Fennessey, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
Morgan Maxwell, Senior, Maine Maritime
Anya Owens, Sophomore, New England College
Ashley Pelkey, Senior, Castleton
Tegan Pellerin, Junior, Johnson State
Mattie Russell, Senior, Husson
Alaina Shorey, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Gwyn Stahl, Senior, Lyndon
Keeley Titus, Senior, Green Mountain
Cassidy West, Junior, Thomas