NAC Women's Lacrosse Weekly Honors (Week Ending April 16)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nicole Lavigne, Colby-Sawyer
(Jr., C - Berlin, Vt.)
Lavigne led the Chargers with 14 points on 12 goals and a pair of assists in a 2-1 week. She scored at least three goals in each game, while adding 10 ground balls, 11 draw controls and seven caused turnovers. In a tough loss to Fitchburg State, the junior scored three times, caused four turnovers, gathered three ground balls and earned two draw controls. She followed with a six-goal, five-ground ball, three-draw, and two-caused turnover effort in a road win at Thomas. Lavigne ended the week with five points on three goals and two assists, to go along with six draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover in a close 10-8 victory at Maine Maritime.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Samantha Bickford, UMaine-Farmington
(Fr., G - Oxford, Maine)
Bickford helped UMF go 1-0 in conference action on the week. The keeper played 52:40 minutes, recording eight saves and not allowing a goal as the Beavers claimed a win over Maine Maritime.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mikayla Hodge, Lyndon
(Jr., M - Newbury, Vt.)
Hodge finished the week with six goals, four ground balls, nine draw controls, and four caused turnovers, as Lyndon went 1-1 in conference action. The rookie netted five goals on five shots helping the Hornets earn their first win in the program's NCAA history with a victory over Green Mountain. She also tallied seven draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the win. Earlier in the week, Hodge posted one goal, two ground balls, two draws, and two caused turnovers in a tough loss to undefeated league-leader, Castleton.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton extended its winning streak to four games and remained at the top of the NAC standings with a 21-1 victory over Lyndon Wednesday. The game saw 13 different Spartans scored at least one goal, led by Grace Johnson and Erin Shuttle with three goals apiece. The Spartans play at Johnson State Thursday and at Colby-Sawyer Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer went 2-1 last week with a pair of conference wins. After falling to a solid Fitchburg State team, the Chargers rebounded with NAC road wins at Thomas and Maine Maritime. Nicole Lavigne moved into seventh in career goals with 130 and into t-7th in career points with 156, while goalie Meghan Castellano also moved into sixth in career saves with 300. Colby-Sawyer will step out of conference with a game at Worcester State on Wednesday before hosting Castleton on Saturday.
UMaine-Farmington went 1-0 on the week with a win against Maine Maritime.
Green Mountain claimed its first win of the season, while playing to a 1-1 week. The Eagles edged past Johnson State 13-9 on Wednesday before falling 16-2 to Lyndon on Saturday. The team was led by Sophya Fuccione who recorded seven goals, six groundballs, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. GMC will host New England College on Wednesday and Thomas on Saturday sandwiched around a road game against UMaine-Farmington on Friday which is a make-up game from a postponement earlier in the season.
Husson split the week with a win over Thomas followed by a loss to NEC. Coming up, the team will host UMaine-Farmington for a match on Wednesday, then venture out to Lyndon on Saturday and back home to take on Johnson State on Sunday.
Johnson State dropped a conference game to Green Mountain, 13-9, on Wednesday in the team's only game of the week. Nichole Weeks scored her 100th goal in the contest. Johnson will play three conference games this week, hosting Castleton on Thursday before traveling to UMaine-Farmington and Husson this weekend.
Lyndon went 1-1 on the week. Wednesday the Hornets faced off against Castleton taking a 21-1 loss, but turned it around over the weekend and beat Green Mountain 16-2 for the program's first ever win. Mikayla Hodge finished the week with six goals, four ground balls, nine draw controls, and four caused turnovers. Lyndon travels to New England College on Monday at 7:00 p.m before hosting Husson Saturday at 12:00 p.m. for senior day.
Maine Maritime went 0-2 this week, falling to UMaine-Farmington and Colby-Sawyer. The team hosts Thomas on Wednesday night before traveling to NEC on Saturday.
New England College used a 2-0 week to improve to 6-6 on the season and 4-1 in NAC play. Sophomore Tara Bainbridge averaged 11 points per game and scored eight goals and four assists for 12 points in the team's 20-2 win over Wentworth to set a new NEC single-game record for points. She topped her own record of 10 points, which she set earlier in the season. Goaltender Mackenzie Meegan allowed only seven goals on the week while tallying 15 saves. The Pilgrims are back in action on Monday evening for a 7:00 p.m. home league game against Lyndon.
Thomas went 0-3 this week, including two losses in conference action. On Wednesday, the Terriers were defeated by Husson 12-2. They followed with a 16-2 loss to Colby-Sawyer on Friday and an 18-3 decision on Saturday to non-conference opponent Nichols College. The Terriers return to conference action on Wednesday, April 19, as they head to Maine Maritime for a 4:30 p.m. contest.