2014-15 NAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Released; Desroches, Cahill & Hodge Claim Top Honors
Castleton senior guard Jade Desroches (Berkshire, Vt.) has been named as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women's Basketball Player of the Year, while Colby-Sawyer senior forward Kelsey Cahill (Cumberland, R.I.) was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year and Lyndon freshman center Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, Vt.) earned the Rookie of the Year honor to headline the 2014-15 All-Conference announcement. Castleton head coach Tim Barrett was selected as the Coach of the Year and the University of Maine at Farmington was voted to receive the Team Sportsmanship Award.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Desroches, a Berkshire, Vt. native, has enjoyed a tremendous senior year with the Spartans as they finished the regular season with an overall record of 21-4 and a 17-1 mark in NAC action. The guard leads the NAC in steals (76) and steals per game (3.04), while her 15.4 points per game are good for second-best in the league. Impressively, the senior is also ranks in the top-five in the conference in points (386), assists (89), assists per game (3.6), three pointers made (55-of-165), three point percentage (33.3), free throws made (79-of-89), free throw percentage (88.8), and field goals made (126-of-357). Desroches also ranks among all NCAA Division III women's basketball players for her free throw percentage (8th) and steals per game (43rd). Earlier this season she became the 15th player in program history to surpass 1,000 points. The senior also claimed four NAC Athlete of the Week honors this season.
Cahill, a senior from Cumberland, R.I., has been a consistent threat on the defensive end of the court all season. The forward leads the league in blocks (41) and defensive rebounds (151); is ranked second in steals (72), defensive rebounds per game (5.8), and blocks per game (1.6); and is third in steals per game (2.8). She has earned three or more steals in 14 games this season. Cahill is also a threat offensively, as the senior is the league leader in field goal percentage (47.4), is tied for third in field goals made (126-of-266), and is sixth in points (309). Overall, the forward is averaging 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per outing for the Chargers in less than 29 minutes on the floor. In her career at Colby-Sawyer, she ranks second in steals (254), is tied for third in all-time rebounds (877), and ranks fifth in blocks (136). Currently, Cahill is ranked 69th in all of Division III in steals per game (2.76). The senior also claimed four NAC Player of the Week honors this season.
Hodge, a freshman center from Newbury, Vt., has been a force amongst NAC rookies in the 2014-15 season. She currently is the league leader in rebounds (217) and rebounds per game (8.7), while also being tied for third in blocks (34) and blocks per game (1.4). The center led the Hornets in points (254), field goals made (93-of-226), field goal percentage (41.2), and free throws made (68-of-97). She also ranks second on her team in points per game (10.2). The talented newcomer tallied NAC Rookie of the Week honors five times this season.
Barrett, in his 14th season at Castleton, is being recognized by his peers as NAC Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four seasons and the fifth time overall. He led the Spartans to their fourth consecutive 20-win season this year and the team has gone 99-16 over that span, including a 67-4 mark in conference play. After compiling a 21-4 overall record in the regular season, including a 17-1 record against NAC opponents, the top seeded Spartans sit at No. 12 in the latest NCAA Division III Northeast regional rankings released on February 19. Castleton enters the NAC Tournament ranked in the top 50 in several Division III categories including win-lost percentage (30th, 84.0), defensive rebounds per game (31st, 30), scoring margin (33rd, 15.7), turnover margin (39th, 5.52), turnovers per game (43rd, 14.6), and blocked shots per game (46th, 4.7). Most notable, last year his team led the nation in field goal percentage defense as well as scoring defense, and this year they rank first (29.8 percent) and fourth (48.4) respectively in those categories.
Joining Desroches on the All-Conference First Team were Maine Maritime junior guard Mary Badeen (Newport, Maine), New England College senior forward Taylor Burgess (Randallstown, Md.), New England College senior guard Kayla Lawlor (Cocoa Beach, Fla.), and Castleton senior forward Meghan O'Sullivan (No. Merrick, N.Y.).
Second team selections included Cahill, Husson sophomore guard Chandler Guerrette (Presque Isle, Maine), Colby-Sawyer sophomore guard Lexi Iannone (North Haven, Conn.), Husson junior guard Victoria McIntyre (Mars Hill, Maine), and UMaine-Farmington junior forward Meghan Smith (Boothbay, Maine).
2014-15 Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams
To view a PDF list of the All-Conference team click HERE.
|Mary Badeen||G||Junior||Maine Maritime|
|Taylor Burgess||F||Senior||New England College|
|Kayla Lawlor||G||Senior||New England College|
Player of the Year - Jade Desroches, Castleton
Defensive Player of the Year - Kelsey Cahill, Colby-Sawyer
Rookie of the Year - Mikayla Hodge, Lyndon
Coach of the Year - Tim Barrett, Castleton
Team Sportsmanship Award - University of Maine at Farmington