PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference has released the 2016 LEC Field Hockey All-Conference Teams and Major Award recipients as voted on by the league's 12 head coaches. The All-Conference teams consist of 19 student-athletes earning All-LEC honors for the first time.
The Offensive Player of the Year for the LEC is Keene State forward Sami Smith (Merrimack, N.H.). Smith becomes the third student-athlete to repeat as the league's offensive player of the year. Peyton Dostie was the last to repeat in 2013 and 2014 for the Southern Maine Huskies. Smith currently holds every single season and career scoring record at Keene State College. Smith guided the Owls offensive prowess, leading the nation in scoring among all NCAA Division III individuals. Smith averaged 1.60 goals per game and 3.70 points per game, both best in the nation. Smith finished her historic 2016 campaign leading the league with 33 goals, 13 assists and 79 points. Smith was named LEC Offensive Player of the Week four times this season (9/5, 9/12, 10/3, 10/10).
The Defensive Player of the Year for the 2016 season is Keene State's defender Marita Brothers (Stafford Springs, Conn.). Brothers finished the 2016 season with career high eight Defensive Saves (18 in career). Brothers started all 22 games for the Owls this season, finding the goal twice and assisted on nine. Brothers anchored the Owls' defense, which gave up a total of 28 goals for a 1.27 goals against average. Brothers was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week twice (9/12 and 10/17) this season.
The 2016 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year is Olivia Antonelli (Westford, Mass.) from Worcester State. Antonelli was named the LEC Rookie of the Week three times this season (9/12, 9/19, 10/3). Antonelli helped the Lancers reach new heights in 2016, winning 13 games (the most since 2002), including a 9-2 LEC record. Antonelli led the Lancers with 13 goals scored and finished second on the team with 30 total points.
The LEC coaches selected Worcester State's Interim Head Coach Alexa Carlson as Coach of the Year for the 2016 season. Carlson was named interim in August and led the Lancers to 13 victories, which are the most wins for the program since they finished 13-9 in 2002.
The Little East Conference compiles three All-Conference teams as voted on by the field hockey head coaches from our 12 institutions. The teams are comprised of four forwards, three midfielders, three defenders and concludes with one goalkeeper.
2016 Offensive Player of the Year
Keene State College
2016 Defensive Player of the Year
Keene State College
2016 Rookie of the Year
2016 Coach of the Year
|Forward||Sami Smith||Keene State College|
|Forward||Holly Brouillette||Westfield State|
|Forward||Brittany Cullinane||Bridgewater State|
|Forward||Nicole Burgess||Plymouth State|
|Midfielder||Brittney Cardente||Keene State College|
|Midfielder||Meg Doherty||Westfield State|
|Midfielder||Kayla Renaud||Keene State College|
|Defender||Marita Brothers||Keene State College|
|Defender||Hayley Sutherland||Worcester State|
|Defender||Alexa Whitney||Westfield State|
|Goalkeeper||Megan Fountaine||Westfield State|
2016 Little East Conference | Second Team All-Conference
|Forward||Molly Richard||Fitchburg State|
|Forward||Olivia Antonelli||Worcester State|
|Forward||Erica Stauffer||Keene State College|
|Forward||Michaila Parent||Worcester State|
|Midfielder||Maddie Hoffman||Fitchburg State|
|Midfielder||Katie Martin||Plymouth State|
|Midfielder||Meghan Pini||Worcester State|
|Defender||Maddy Beatrice||Plymouth State|
|Defender||Hunter Carden||UMass Dartmouth|
|Defender||Nicole Fors||Fitchburg State|
|Goalkeeper||Kathryn Salemme||Worcester State|
2016 Little East Conference | Third Team All-Conference
|Forward||Jensyn Dandeneau||Keene State College|
|Forward||Erin Morrissey||Fitchburg State|
|Forward||Tayla Smedberg||Fitchburg State|
|Forward||Alex Kallgren||Eastern Connecticut State|
|Midfielder||Kayla Quinn||Worcester State|
|Midfielder||Samantha Hayes||Bridgewater State|
|Midfielder||Michaela Demers||Southern Maine|
|Defender||Katherine McKenna||Bridgewater State|
|Defender||Delaney Gembis||Westfield State|
|Defender||Rachel Bunce||Westfield State|
|Goalkeeper||Gwendolyn Thayer||Keene State College|