NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Samantha Cross has been named to First Team All-Conference after playing in 15 games this season. On defense, she has caused 21 turnovers and picked up a total of 48 ground balls. Samantha is a key player in holding the defense accountable and getting the ball up the field.
Sierra Gilley has been named to Second Team All-Conference and has played in 14 games this season. Gilley hit a milestone this year after notching her 100th career point. She has tallied 22 goals and 16 assists for a total of 38 points. Sierra has picked up 14 ground balls throughout play this year and is on track with 76.3 shots on goal shooting percentage.
Carly Raymond has been named to Second Team All-Conference and has played in 15 games this season. Within this short time, she has logged 39 goals, 29 assists and a total of 60 ground balls. Carly has moved up as the all-time leading points scorer in the team's history. She has also tallied 100 goals in her career at UMF and has tallied a season-high / team-high 77 draw controls.
Nicole Mercier has been named to the Sportsmanship Team and has played in 14 games this season. She has contributed to the team's success by causing 10 turnovers and picking up 22 ground balls. Nicole is an important player in motivating her teammates and carrying the team with sportsmanship.
Colby-Sawyer senior Nicole Lavigne (Berlin, Vt.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, while Charger teammates, sophomore Kailyn Lapham (Medway, Mass.) and freshman Briana Couture (South Hadley, Mass.), were named Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Thomas' Jordan Turner (Casco, Maine) was tabbed the Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Colby-Sawyer head coach Emily Hoar was voted Coach of the Year and eight women's lacrosse student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2018 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Lavigne has been an all-around player for the Chargers this season, making an impact on both ends of the field. The senior tallied 44 points against NAC opponents with 34 goals and 10 assists and led the conference with 50 draw controls and 10 free-position goals. The Charger captain collected four or more points in all seven conference games, while also scoring at least two goals in every NAC game and posting six or more goals in four NAC games. Other impressive marks in conference action include dishing at least one assist in five games, winning six or more draws in six games (two double-digit performances), gathering three or more ground balls in six games, and causing at least two turnovers in four games. She compiled an impressive 86.0 shots-on-goal percentage including a perfect shot-on-goal percentage in three games. Lavigne currently has 326 draw controls, 268 points, 223 career goals, 197 ground balls, 101 caused turnovers and 45 assists. According to the most recent Division III rankings, she is ranked in the top 50 in eight statistical categories, including 11th in goals (69), 12th in goals per game (4.93), and 14th in free position goals per game (1.50).
Turner 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. The dual-sport athlete, women's basketball and women' lacrosse, is an Elementary Education major. The senior has been named to both the President's List and the Dean's List during her time at Thomas. She was selected as a Rural Scholar in the Thomas Rural Residency Program. On the field, she played in 10 of the Terriers 13 games this season, making eight starts, while gathering 22 ground balls, winning seven draw controls, causing five turnovers, and netting one goal.
Hoar, in only her first year at the helm of the Colby-Sawyer squad, has earned NAC Coach of the Year after leading the Chargers to a 9-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the conference. She will guide the team into the NAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed, earning a bye in the first round, and will host a semifinal match in the upcoming days. Colby-Sawyer ranked in the top-three in 13 statistical categories during NAC play including a league-best 53.6 save percentage and 22 free-position goals. Her team totaled 180 ground balls, 113 goals (16.14 per game), 111 draw controls, 106 caused turnovers, 41 assists, and 52 goals against (7.43 per game) in conference action. In the nation, the Chargers are 27th in shots-on-goal per game (26.36), 30th in draw controls per game (15.64), 32nd in save percentage (51.5%), and 33rd in scoring offense (15.43).
Joining Lapham (goalkeeper) and Lavigne (midfielder) on the first team were Charger teammates, junior attacker Brittany Ireland (Amherst, N.H.), senior defender Courtney Lampert(Derry, N.H.) and junior midfielder Sierra Schuster (Hopkinton, N.H.), Castleton sophomore midfielder Emma Best (Salisbury, Vt.), senior attacker Emily Cross (Shaftsbury, Vt.), junior defender Katie Feeney (Johnson, Vt.) and sophomore attacker Erin Shuttle (Georgia, Vt.), UMaine-Farmington junior defender Samantha Cross (Bennington, Vt.), Husson senior midfielder Amanda Deshaies (Wells, Maine), and New England College junior attacker Tara Bainbridge (South Hadley, Mass.) and junior defender Kaitlyn Berry (Canterbury, N.H.).
Second team selections include Colby-Sawyer's Couture (attack), Castleton senior attacker Hannah Braman (Chelsea, Vt.), junior goalkeeper Samantha Hebb (Ashland, Mass.) and junior defender Erin McKenna (York, Maine), UMaine-Farmington senior attacker Sierra Gilley (Harpswell, Maine) and senior midfielder Carly Raymond (Topsham, Maine), Husson freshman defender Alex Butler (Gloucester, Mass.), freshman attacker Paige Daigle (Bath, Maine), sophomore midfielder Cali Newton (Rochester, N.H.) and junior defender Serian Williams (Ulm, Germany), Maine Maritime senior midfielder Shelby O'Neil (Bar Harbor, Maine), and New England College sophomore midfielder Tailor Chapin (Chelsea, Vt.), senior defender Anya Owens(Spofford, N.H.) and junior attacker Alana Scott (Huntington, Vt.).
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 goes beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following ten individuals have been selected to the 2018 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Nadine Downing (Cortland, N.Y.), Colby-Sawyer's Lampert, UMaine-Farmington junior Nicole Mercier (Shapleigh, Maine), Husson sophomore Jordyn Labrie (Winslow, Maine), Lyndon senior Gwyn Stahl (Whitinsville, Mass.), Maine Maritime freshman Catherine Mahoney (Plymouth, Mass.), New England College junior Alyssa Tursi (East Rockaway, N.Y.) and Thomas senior Madison Bentz Algonquin, Ill.).
2018 NAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
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A - Tara Bainbridge, Junior, New England College
A - Emily Cross, Senior, Castleton
A - Brittany Ireland, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
A - Erin Shuttle, Sophomore, Castleton
M - Emma Best, Sophomore, Castleton
M - Amanda Deshaies, Senior, Husson
M - Nicole Lavigne, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
M - Sierra Schuster, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
D - Kaitlyn Berry, Junior, New England College
D - Samantha Cross, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
D - Katie Feeney, Junior, Castleton
D - Courtney Lampert, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
GK - Kailyn Lapham, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
A - Hannah Braman, Senior, Castleton
A - Briana Couture, Freshman, Colby-Sawyer
A - Paige Daigle, Freshman, Husson
A - Sierra Gilley, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
A - Alana Scott, Junior, New England College
M - Tailor Chapin, Sophomore, New England College
M - Cali Newton, Sophomore, Husson
M - Shelby O'Neil, Senior, Maine Maritime
M - Carly Raymond, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
D - Alex Butler, Freshman, Husson
D - Erin McKenna, Junior, Castleton
D - Anya Owens, Senior, New England College
D - Serian Williams, Junior, Husson
GK - Samantha Hebb, Junior, Castleton
Player of the Year
Nicole Lavigne, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Defensive Player of the Year
Kailyn Lapham, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
Rookie of the Year
Briana Couture, Freshman, Colby-Sawyer
Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jordan Turner, Senior, Thomas
Coach of the Year
Emily Hoar, First Season, Colby-Sawyer
Madison Bentz, Senior, Thomas
Nadine Downing, Senior, Castleton
Jordyn Labrie, Sophomore, Husson
Courtney Lampert, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Catherine Mahoney, Freshman, Maine Maritime
Nicole Mercier, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
Gwyn Stahl, Senior, Lyndon
Alyssa Tursi, Junior, New England College