2017 NAC East Field Hockey All-Conference: Greenleaf, Hunt, Lowell & Provencal Receive Top Honors

Castleton senior Emily Lowell (Brandon, Vt.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) East Division Field Hockey Player of the Year, while Husson senior Anne Marie Provencal (Skowhegan, Maine) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. The Spartans' freshman Gabriella Hunt (Granville, N.Y.) earned Rookie of the Year honors, while UMaine-Farmington senior Lee-Anne Greenleaf (Gardiner, Maine) was voted as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Castleton head coach Jessica Kischko was chosen as the Coach of the Year and six field hockey student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 All-Conference announcement.

NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches. 

 


Lowell has been a dominant offensive presence and a crutch to lean on for the Spartans throughout her senior campaign. In NAC East competition, she recorded one goal in four of her team's five conference matchups, while also going 2-2 in penalty strokes. In non-conference action, Lowell has been an extremely big presence for Castleton, tallying 12 goals and assisting on three others. At this point, her 16 total goals top her team and the conference, while also being a career high for the senior. Her 35 points rank her No. 2 in the conference, just one point behind the current leader. In the most recent NCAA Division III statistical rankings, she sits at No. 54 in the nation with 0.83 goals per game. Lowell and the Spartans enter the NAC East Tournament as the three seed.

 

Provencal has had an incredible season tending goal for the Eagles so far. The keeper recorded 328:31 minutes between the posts in conference play and tallied a perfect 5-0 NAC East record. The senior topped the league with an impressive .860 save percentage and 37 saves against conference opponents, while also tallying a 1.28 goals against average. Overall, she logged 997:47 total minutes of play, while sporting a 2.46 goals against average and nine wins. Her .804 save percentage and 144 total saves currently top the league. Provencal helped lead the Eagles to their first win over Wellesley in program history after making 14 saves in a 4-2 win. The senior also tallied 28 saves in a tough loss to Colby, which currently ties her for sixth in all of Division III for saves in a game. According to the most recent NCAA Division III rankings, she also holds 17th in saves per game with 10.29 and 29th with a .804 save percentage. She earned five NAC East Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, while also claiming three ECAC awards.

 

Hunt has had a remarkable freshman campaign, having an enormous impact on the Spartans' success. Aside from tallying eight goals and six assists as a midfielder, she has provided a spark for Castleton every time she takes the field. Hunt tallied her first two career goals in a 3-2 overtime win against Westfield State, netting the game-tying goal with 19 seconds remaining in regulation and then the eventual game winner in overtime. Later in the season, she recorded her first-career hat trick in a 9-2 win over Wells College. Hunt recorded four points on one goal and two assists in conference action and was selected NAC East Rookie of the Week twice this season. The Spartans will compete as the No. 3 seed in the NAC East Tournament, taking on No. 2 UMF in the semifinals.

 


Greenleaf is being recognized for excelling both academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience. The senior is studying Elementary Education with a concentration in math and a minor in Special Education. She has been a peer adviser for the past three years in the Education department, helping guide younger students with any academic questions they may have. The senior has been recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a Scholar of Distinction for three years as well on the high academic achievement list at UMF for six-straight semesters. On the field, Greenleaf was recognized as a first team All-Conference player this season and last, as well being named as the NAC East Tournament MVP. She was also recognized regionally by being a member of the New England East Regional Second Team.

 

Kischko, only in her fourth season as Castleton's head coach, has been voted by her peers as the Coach of the Year. The Spartan mentor has led her squad to the double-digit plateau in wins with 11 so far this season. Castleton has improved each season under Kischko's leadership including a five-game improvement from a year ago. Against conference opponents, Castleton finished the 2017 season ranked in the top-three in eight statistical categories including goals (14, 2nd), goals per game (2.8, 2nd), assists (10, 2nd), goals against (9, 3rd), goals against average (1.80, 3rd), saves per game (13.2, 3rd), saves (35, 3rd), and save percentage (.795, 3rd). According to the most recent NCAA Division III rankings, the Spartans are ranked No. 6 with 2.79 assists per game, No. 9 with 10.26 points per game, No. 14 with 3.74 goals per game, No. 17 with a 3.67 scoring average and No. 32 with 10.11 penalty corers per game.


Joining Lowell as All-Conference forwards were UMaine-Farmington senior Jenessa Talarico (Lewiston, Maine), Husson sophomore Sadie Royer (Greene, Maine) and New England College junior Brittany Tierney (Ottawa, Ontario).

UMaine-Farmington senior Sarita Crandall (Farmington, Maine), Husson senior Mikayla Toth (Skowhegan, Maine) and Thomas junior Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) were honored as All-Conference midfielders.

All-Conference defender selections included Greenleaf, Castleton sophomore Megan Ryan (Middlesex, Vt.) and Colby-Sawyer senior Jesse Murch (Poland, Maine).

Provencal was honored as the All-Conference goalkeeper.

The NAC East Field Hockey 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 field hockey culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following six individuals have been selected to the 2017 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Rachel Holland (Bennington, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer senior Ashley Mikkila (North Oxford, Mass.), UMaine-Farmington senior Emmah Spahr (Winthrop, Maine), Husson senior Amber Anderson (Dover-Foxcroft, Maine), New England College senior Anya Owens (Spofford, N.H.) and Thomas senior Caitlyn Poulin (Knox, Maine). 

2017 NAC East Field HockeyAll-Conference Team

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F - Emily Lowell, Senior, Castleton
F - Sadie Royer, Sophomore, Husson
F - Jenessa Talarico, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
F - Brittany Tierney, Junior, New England College
M - Sarita Crandall, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
M - Katie Taylor, Junior, Thomas
M - Mikayla Toth, Senior, Husson
D - Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
D - Jesse Murch, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
D - Megan Ryan, Sophomore, Castleton
GK - Anne Marie Provencal, Senior, Husson 

Player of the Year
Emily Lowell, Senior, Castleton
Defensive Player of the Year
Anne Marie Provencal, Senior, Husson
Rookie of the Year
Gabriella Hunt, Freshman, Castleton
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Lee-Anne Greenleaf, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Coach of the Year
Jessica Kischko, Fourth Season, Castleton 

Sportsmanship Team
Amber Anderson, Senior, Husson
Rachel Holland, Senior, Castleton
Ashley Mikkila, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Anya Owens, Senior, New England College
Caitlyn Poulin, Senior, Thomas
Emmah Spahr, Senior, UMaine-Farmington