SUNY Canton's Molly Denny was named North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year. Mia Jermano (SUNY Canton) and Christina Wilson (Maine Maritime) were tabbed Co-Defensive Players of the Year, and Husson freshman Mary Cushing was selected as the Rookie of the Year. UMaine-Farmington head coach Beth Lebel earned Coach of the Year honors, and Heather Boland was selected as the Senior Scholar Athlete. Six women's lacrosse student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team, and 26 student athletes were selected to the 2019 All-Conference Team.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
The 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year is Molly Denny (Adams, NY) from SUNY Canton. Denny finished the regular season with 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in five conference games. She ranked first in assists, and second in goals and points across league play. She led the conference with 18 ground balls, and also caused nine turnovers while winning eight draw controls. Denny racked up 78 points with 28 goals and 50 assists in all regular season games for the Roos. She finished with 59 ground balls, 27 draw controls, and caused 40 turnovers in sixteen total games. The three-time Player of the Week led her team to a NAC semifinal win and heads into this weekend with a chance to win the NAC Championship and secure the first NCAA Division III Championship bid in Canton Women's Lacrosse history.
Christina Wilson (East Granby, Conn.) of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) is the 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Co-Defensive Player of the Year. The senior defender led the league with 14 caused turnovers in five conference games. She scooped up 17 ground balls, the second-most for any NAC player, and was awarded the NAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending April 14, 2019. Wilson was also an offensive threat with an accurate shot, scoring four goals on nine shots, eight of which were on goal (89% SOG). She is also credited with three assists. Across all contests for the Mariners, Wilson caused 28 turnovers, won 28 draw controls, grabbed 49 ground balls, scored 10 goals, and provided five assists.
Mia Jermano (Massena, NY) of SUNY Canton is the 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Co-Defensive Player of the Year. In five NAC games, Jermano led a defensive unit that earned two shutouts and did not allow more than five goals in any game. She caused 11 turnovers and collected 16 ground balls in those wins, and also added an assist and two goals. Across all games, Jermano caused 37 turnovers and collected 55 ground balls this season, which rank second and third in the league, respectively. The Roos held opponents to six goals or less in 12 of 17 contests, as well as the NAC semifinal game against Husson (20-4). The senior captain was awarded NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2019 (weeks ending March 17 and March 24), and heads into the NAC Championship game this Saturday hoping to lead her team to the first NCAA Division III Championship berth for Canton Women's Lacrosse in program history.
The 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year is Mary Cushing of Husson University. Cushing scored 16 goals and contributed 4 assists in five conference games this season. Both numbers rank fourth overall, and first for league freshmen. She led the conference with 18 ground balls, and also won 19 draw controls and scored on 5-of-7 free possession shots in NAC games. Across all 14 games for the Eagles, the three-time NAC Rookie of the Week and one-time Player of the Week racked up 40 goals, 8 assists, 48 points, 41 ground balls, caused 22 turnovers, and also scored on 15-of-27 free possession shots to lead the league in that category. Cushing had single-game season-highs of six goals, seven ground balls, five caused turnovers, and 10 draw controls.
UMaine-Farmington (UMF) goalkeeper Heather Boland (Griswold, Conn.) is the 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Senior Scholar Athlete. Boland will graduate with University Honors and as a Math major with a double minor in Computer Science and Art. She works in the UMF Sports Information department and as a Technical Theater volunteer in the UMF Emery Arts Center. Her artwork has been shown in numerous student- and university-led art shows. Boland is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity that focuses on community service, leadership development, and social opportunities for college students. After her 2017-18 season, Boland was named to the IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll. She was also named to the NAC Spring All-Academic Team and has been on the Dean's List every semester. The two-time 2019 NAC Defensive Player of the Week made 36 saves with a 45.6 save percentage in conference games. In UMF Women's Lacrosse history and in 37 games played as a Beaver, she is ranked first All-Time in goals against and goals-against average, and she is second All-Time in saves and save percentage. Boland anchors a defensive unit that will compete for the 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Championship this weekend.
UMaine-Farmington head coach Beth Lebel is the 2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year. In her third year at the helm for the Beavers, Lebel earned her second NAC Coach of the Year honors. She placed six players on the 2019 All-Conference team - two on the first team and four on the second team. Her players were selected twice for Rookie of the Week, twice for Defensive Player of the Week, and once for Player of the Week, including a sweep of all three awards the week ending March 31 following a three-game winning streak. She also coached the 2019 Senior Scholar Athlete Heather Boland. Lebel heads into the NAC Championship game this weekend on the hunt for the first NAC title and NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship bid in program history.
Joining Denny, Jermano, Wilson and Cushing on the First Team All-Conference are Maryclare Bowes, Logan Bush, and Allison Wakefield of SUNY Canton; Isabella Monbouquette and Samantha Cross of UMF; Madison Barry and Sydney Adams of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA); and Nikki Bradstreet of Thomas and Mallory Burchill of Husson.
Second Team selections include Canton Roos Jessica Pele and Nicole Piskorowski; UMF Beavers Kaya Backman, Keilly Lynch, Nicole Schofield, and Nicole Mercier; Husson Eagles Maddy Olsen, Cali Newton, and Alex Butler; Thomas Terriers Tanasia Eldon, Meredith Wheeler, and Darrian Leonardi; and MMA Mariner Olivia LeBlanc.
2019 NAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
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A - MaryClare Bowes, Senior, SUNY Canton
A - Isabella Monbouquette, Sophomore, UMaine-Farmington
A - Madison Barry, Junior, Maine Maritime
A- Logan Bush, Junior, SUNY Canton
M - Molly Denny, Junior, SUNY Canton
M - Mary Cushing, Freshman, Husson
M - Sydney Adams, Junior, Maine Maritime
M - Nikki Bradstreet, Sophomore, Thomas
D - Mia Jermano, Senior, SUNY Canton
D - Christina Wilson, Senior, Maine Maritime
D - Samantha Cross, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
D- Allison Wakefield, Junior, SUNY Canton
GK - Mallory Burchill, Sophomore, Husson
A - Kaya Backman, Freshman, UMaine-Farmington
A - Maddy Olsen, Sophomore, Husson
A - Olivia LeBlanc, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
A- Cali Newton, Junior, Husson
M - Jessica Pele, Senior, SUNY Canton
M - Keilly Lynch, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
M - Nicole Schofield, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
M - Tanasia Eldon, Freshman, Thomas
D - Alex Butler, Sophomore, Husson
D - Meredith Wheeler, Sophomore, Thomas
D - Nicole Mercier, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
D - Darrian Leonardi, Junior, Thomas
GK - Nicole Piskorowski, Sophomore, SUNY Canton
Player of the Year
Molly Denny, Junior, SUNY Canton
Defensive Player of the Year
Mia Jermano, Senior, SUNY Canton
Christina Wilson, Senior, Maine Maritime
Rookie of the Year
Mary Cushing, Freshman, Husson
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Heather Boland, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Coach of the Year
Beth Lebel, UMaine-Farmington
Nicole Schofield, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Rose Davies, Freshman, Husson
Logan Bush, Junior, SUNY Canton
Catherine Mahoney, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Natalie Corrigan, Senior, Thomas
Felisha Olmstead, Senior, NVU-Lyndon
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.