CHANDLER, Ariz. – It was announced Wednesday that a total of six Little East Conference (LEC) student-athletes representing three institutions have been named to the 2017 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-New England West Region Team. Each was a first-team all-LEC honoree, and three were named 2017 LEC major award recipients.
Worcester State University senior back/midfielder Hayley Sutherland (Tewksbury, Mass.) and junior forward Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.) were both named first-team selections. The 2017 LEC Offensive Player of the Year, Parent led the league in points (57) and assists (15) while finishing second in goals (21) this season for the 2017 LEC Regular Season Champion Lancers, while Sutherland anchored a defense that allowed just 10 goals over 11 conference games on her way to earning 2017 LEC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Keene State freshman forward Nina Bruno (Agawam, Mass.), the 2017 LEC Rookie of the Year, led the LEC in goals (23) and finished second in the league in total points (53) while starting in all 23 games during her first collegiate season. She was named the 2017 LEC Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player after scoring eight goals over three games to lead Keene State to its fifth consecutive LEC tournament title.
Plymouth State University had three second-team all-region recipients. Senior goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.) led the LEC in goals against average (1.30), save percentage (.824) and shutouts (4) while posting a record of 12-6 in 2017. Senior midfielder Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) finished the season with eight goals and 12 assists – second-most in the league - for 28 points, while freshman forward Haley Wakefield (South Paris, Maine) ranked fifth in the LEC in goals (16) and was sixth in total points (32).