PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State College, which captured the inaugural Little East Conference women’s lacrosse regular season and tournament championships, dominated the 2002 LEC All-Star Team and award winners announced Monday.
Sophomore Katie Sheridan (West Sayville, N.Y.) and senior Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Maine) received the conference’s top awards by being named LEC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Freshman Melissa Gravilla (Andover, N.H.) was selected LEC Co-Rookie of the Year, and Panther head coach Wynne Lobel was voted by her peers as LEC Coach of the Year.
Five Panther players were selected to the All-LEC First Team – senior Robin Hartman (Westminster, Md.) at attack, Sheridan and sophomore Michelle Norton (Sandwich, Mass.) at midfield, and senior Megan Wolfley (Maplewood, N.J.) and junior Julie Shields (Whitby, Ont.) at defender. Three other Panthers were All-LEC Second Team picks – senior Brooke Smith (Columbia, S.C.) at midfield, sophomore Cathy Berei (Trenton, N.J.) at defense, and Gravilla at goalkeeper.
Sheridan, who was also the Most Outstanding Player in last weekend’s inaugural LEC Tournament, was second in the conference in scoring (53 goals, 16 assists, 69 points). She also leads the team in ground balls (62) and draw controls (48).
Jackson, who was voted the top defensive player in the LEC from her midfield position, anchored a Panther defense that allowed only 88 goals in 15 games. PSC, in fact, gave up only 16 goals in its six LEC contests. Jackson was an LEC Defensive Player of the Week once last month.
Gravilla has enjoyed an outstanding freshman season, leading the conference in goals against average (7.21) and saves percentage (.644) and ranking among the NCAA Division III leaders in both departments. She was twice the LEC Defensive Player of the Week and once the Rookie of the Week. Gravilla shared the LEC Rookie of the Year award with Keene State College’s Michelle Mason, who led the conference in scoring with 68 goals, 34 assists and 102 points.
Hartman, who is the school’s all-time scoring leader (148 goals, 65 assists, 213 points), and Norton were also key contributors to PSC’s offense this spring. Hartman has 33 goals and 14 assists this season, while Norton is also among the LEC offensive leaders with 28 goals and 14 assists.
Wolfley, Shields, Smith and Berei joined Jackson and Gravilla to give PSC one of the top defensive units in the nation. PSC ranks among the top 10 teams in NCAA Division III, allowing only 5.87 goals per game.
PSC, 13-2 overall, is continuing its season this week as the top seed in the ECAC New England Division III Tournament.