WestConn Receives Three of Five Top Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Awards

WestConn Receives Three of Five Top Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Awards

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Western Connecticut State University women's lacrosse student-athletes, Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, CT), Destinee Carey (New Milford, CT) and Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, CT) have been named 2017 Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player, Midfielder and Rookie of the Year, respectively.

Kosilla and Carey were named to the All-Conference First Team while Baldelli was joined by Carley Altemose (Stratford, CT) on the league's Second Team.

official release from Adam Sopris - Little East Conference Assistant Commissioner

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference announced its 2017 Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams and Major Awards as voted on by the seven LEC head coaches. The Eastern Connecticut State Warriors claimed the regular season title after finishing 6-0 in the LEC standings and Plymouth State claimed the LEC Tournament championship with a 13-12 victory over the Warriors.

Western Connecticut State's junior attacker, Olivia Kosilla (Ellington, Conn.) was named the 2017 LEC Offensive Player of the Year, marking the first Colonial to win this award since Kelsey Heaton won the award in 2015. Kosilla finished the 2017 campaign as the Little East Conference leader in total points with 93. Kosilla tallied her league leading point total through 53 goals (5thbest) and 40 assists (2nd best). Kosilla also finished tied for the LEC lead with 63 draw controls and added 30 ground balls in 2017. Kosilla was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Week on April 30th following a 15- point week with 10 goals and five assists.

Western Connecticut State's senior midfielder, Destinee Carey (New Milford, Conn.) was named the 2017 LEC Midfielder of the Year. Carey placed second among all Little East student-athletes in total points and total goals this season. Carey joined teammate Kosilla as the only two members in the LEC to record 80 total points or more. Carey reached the 80-point mark with 62 goals and 18 total assists for the Colonials team that finished with a 3-3 record in the Little East in 2017. Carey also added 47 ground balls and caused 39 turnovers while shooting 83.8% on goal.

Eastern Connecticut State's defensive anchor, Devyne Doran (South Kingstown, R.I.) was named the 2017 LEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Doran finished tied (Kosilla) as the Little East statistics leader in draw controls with 63 controls and placed inside the top-3 among all Little East student-athletes in ground balls and caused turnovers. Doran collected 54 grounds balls and caused 39 turnovers during her 2017 campaign and helped guide the Warriors to an undefeated regular season (6-0) championship.

Western Connecticut State's top freshman, Brooke Baldelli (New Fairfield, Conn.) was named the 2017 LEC Rookie of the Year following a season where Baldelli finished just outside the top-5 with 67 total points from 57 goals (3rd best) and 10 assists. Baldelli was named the LEC Rookie of the Week three times (3/20, 4/10, 4/24). Baldelli claimed her last weekly honor after guiding the Colonials to a 2-1 record with 10 goals, three assists and eight draw controls. Baldelli was also honored as a member of the 2017 All-LEC Second team.

The Eastern Connecticut State Warriors guided by 11th year head coach, Christine Hutchison won its first out-right Little East Conference regular season championship for the first time since 2011 and won at-least a share of the regular season title for the second consecutive year. As a result, Hutchison was named the 2017 LEC Coach of the Year by her coaching peers for the second straight season.

The 12 member All-Little East First Team is made up of four student-athletes from Plymouth State, three members from Eastern Connecticut State, while UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut State each placed two members on the team and Keene State placed one student-athlete as All-LEC First-Team performers.

The All-Little East Second Team is comprised of four members from Keene State, two members each from Western Connecticut, UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State and Southern Maine and Eastern Connecticut each place one member on the All-LEC Second Team.

2017 Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse

Offensive Player of the Year
Olivia Kosilla, Junior, Western Connecticut

Midfielder of the Year
Destinee Carey, Senior, Western Connecticut

Defensive Player of the Year
Devyne Doran, Senior, Eastern Connecticut

Rookie of the Year
Brooke Baldelli, Freshman, Western Connecticut

Coach of the Year
Christine Hutchison, 11th season, Eastern Connecticut

All-Little East First Team

Attack             Olivia Kosilla               Jr.                   Western Connecticut
Attack              Sam Sullivan                 Jr.                    Plymouth State
Attack              Catrina Longo               Sr.                    UMass Dartmouth
Attack              Megan Tingley               Jr.                    Plymouth State
Midfielder       Destinee Carey           Sr.                   Western Connecticut
Midfielder         Paige Schneider              Sr.                    Eastern Connecticut
Midfielder         Taylor Farland                Jr.                    Keene State
Midfielder         Kimmie Zuccaro             So.                   Plymouth State
Defender         Devyne Doran                Sr.                    Eastern Connecticut
Defender         Becky Dale                     Sr.                    Plymouth State
Defender         Kathryn Gibb                  Sr.                    UMass Dartmouth
Goalkeeper      Taylor Emmerson           Sr.                    Eastern Connecticut


All-Little East Second Team

Attack              Chelsea Lewis               So.                    Keene State  
Attack             Brooke Baldelli           Fr.                    Western Connecticut
Attack              Sam Campobasso          Sr.                    Southern Maine
Attack              Katie Burke                   Jr.                     Eastern Connecticut
Midfielder          Leah Douty                  Jr.                     UMass Dartmouth
Midfielder          Tori Weinstock              Jr.                     Keene State
Midfielder          Erin Kish                      Jr.                     UMass Dartmouth
Midfielder          Caroline Vonachen       Sr.                     Plymouth State
Defender        Carley Altemose        Sr.                    Western Connecticut
Defender          Amanda Makar             Sr.                     Keene State  
Defender          Tara Kilderry                 Jr.                     Keene State
Goalkeeper       Meg Brault                   Sr.                     Plymouth State