Deanne Mastrocola, Kimberly Hahn and Lauren Atkinson honored on
2011 Little East Conference Field Hockey All-Confernce Team

official release from Jack Holleran - LEC Director of Communications

NORH DARTMOUTH, MA (Nov. 9) — The Keene State field hockey team nearly swept the 2011 All-Little East major awards program this afternoon, when the conference office announced its annual all-conference teams. Senior forward Elizabeth Coffin (Sugar Hill, N.H.) was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year, while classmate back Kerry Howe (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.) was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Freshman goalkeeper Caitlin Davino-Draper (Hanover, Mass.) was honored as the Rookie of the Year, while Amy Watson was tabbed the Coach of the Year by her peers. Eastern Connecticut State University was named the Team Sportsmanship Award recipients for the second time in the past three years.

In addition to the major awards program, the Little East office honored a 35-member all-conference team. The first team was comprised of 11 student-athletes, while the second and third squads were made up of 12 players, respectively.

Coffin is the seventh Owl in program history to earn the prestigious top offensive player award. The senior from Sugar Hill, N.H. is also making her second-straight appearance on the first-team. Coffin currently ranks among the national leaders in goals per game (19th, 1.05) and points per game (19th, 2.52). She leads the conference circuit in game-winning goals (8), goals (22), and points (53), while sharing the lead in assists (9). Coffin scored at least one marker in 15 of the 21 starts this season, including entering the national tournament with a seven-match scoring streak. She recorded a season-best eight points on four goals in the Little East Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinals against Southern Maine. Coffin delivered the decisive strike in the semifinal and championship rounds of the conference tournament to help Keene State capture the Little East Field Hockey Championship and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament field. She was selected as the conference’s top offensive weekly performer twice on the campaign.

Howe is the sixth-straight and seventh Owl in program history to be named the top defensive player in the conference. The Atlantic Highlands, N.J. product is making her debut on the All-Little East first-team after earning second squad honors in 2010. Howe anchored one of the top defensive units in the nation, ranking third in shutouts per game (0.610) and 20th in scoring margin (2.19). Keene State sat atop the team standings in scoring margin (2.19) and shutouts (14), while tying Plymouth State for the least amount of goals allowed (24). The Owls limited their opponents to fewer than two markers in 20 matches to boast a 19-1 record. Individually, Howe is tied for the conference lead in defensive saves with eight. She was credited with two defensive stops in three matches, most recently against Western Connecticut on Oct.1. Howe contributed to the offensive rush with nine points on two goals and five assists. She was recently named the Little East Field Hockey Most Outstanding Player as Keene State surrender just one marker in three matches to earn the conference tournament crown.  

Davino-Draper is the second consecutive Owl student-athlete to earn the top rookie award, joining sophomore back Katlyn Simula (Bridgewater, N.H.). The freshman goalkeeper from Hanover, Mass. is making her first appearance on the All-Little East first-team. Davino-Draper currently ranks amongst the Division III leaders in winning percentage (15th, .826) and goals against average (16th, 1.06). She leads the conference in goals against average (1.06) and shutouts (9), while ranking seventh in save percentage (.774). A starter in 22 of her 23 appearances, Davino-Draper backstopped the Owls to an individual record of 18-4. She held to opponent to one or fewer markers in 18 matches, including a season-high 210-minute, 49-second scoreless streak between Sept. 15 to Sept 21. The rookie netminder posted a season-best 10 saves against Williams College on Sept. 13. Davino-Draper was honored as the Little East Defensive Player of the Week once, while earning the Rookie of the Week three times.

Watson is making her fourth appearance as the Little East Coach of the Year and first since 2004. Under her watchful eye, Watson guided Keene State to the program’s eighth Little East Field Hockey Championship this past weekend. The Owls matched the program’s single-season wins record with a 19-4 mark, equaling the previous standard set by the 1983 and 2003 squads. Keene State is just the second team in Little East history to navigate through the conference circuit with an 11-0 mark since the league expanded to an 11-match schedule in 2005. Watson earned her 300th career victory at Framingham State with an 8-0 win in the regular-season finale. She mentored eight student-athletes on the All-Little East teams, including five first-team selections. Watson will lead the Owls into the first round of the NCAA tournament this afternoon against Endicott College.

Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III.  Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes.  Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship. 

2011 All-Little East Field Hockey Team 

First Team

Name

Position

Class

Institution

Elizabeth Coffin

Forward

Senior

Keene State College

Megan Jacobs

Forward

Senior

Fitchburg State University

Jackie Morin

Forward

Sophomore

Plymouth State University

Eleanor Taylor

Forward

Junior

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Lauren Bergeron

Midfield

Senior

Plymouth State University

Aimee Donaruma

Midfield

Sophomore

Keene State College

Aislynn Sherry

Midfield

Senior

Keene State College

Taryn Cardiel

Back

Junior

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Kerry Howe

Back

Senior

Keene State College

Aisha Rai Thompson

Back

Sophomore

Plymouth State University

Caitlin Davino-Draper

Goalkeeper

Freshman

Keene State College

 

Second Team

Erica Allan

Forward

Junior

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Kalin Billert

Forward

Junior

Keene State College

Olivia Colborn

Forward

Junior

Plymouth State University

Jessi Gould

Forward

Senior

Westfield State University

Samantha Janda

Forward

Senior

Worcester State University

Shelby Farland

Midfield

Junior

Bridgewater State University

Devon Herlihy

Midfield

Sophomore

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Deanne Mastrocola

Midfield

Junior

Western Connecticut State University

Victoria Dolce

Back

Sophomore

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Nicole Gagnon

Back

Senior

Westfield State University

Kimberly Hahn

Back

Senior

Western Connecticut State University

Hilary Lemelin

Goalkeeper

Junior

Plymouth State University

 

Third Team

Lauren Atkinson

Forward

Senior

Western Connecticut State University

Kailey Bubier

Forward

Junior

University of Southern Maine

Sarah Cozzens

Forward

Senior

Worcester State University

Jamie Kelley

Forward

Junior

Fitchburg State University

Molly Cotter

Midfield

Senior

Worcester State University

Alyce Ferenc

Midfield

Senior

Keene State College

Mari Roma

Midfield

Senior

Fitchburg State University

Lauren Tavares

Midfield

Junior

Westfield State University

Lauren DeLuca

Back

Junior

Eastern Connecticut State University

Joanna Gaube

Back

Senior

University of Southern Maine

Katlyn Simula

Back

Sophomore

Keene State College

Amanda McCarthy

Goalkeeper

Senior

Westfield State University

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Elizabeth Coffin, Keene State College

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Kerry Howe, Keene State College

 

Rookie of the Year

Caitlin Davino-Draper, Keene State College

 

Coach of the Year

Amy Watson, Keene State College

 

Team Sportsmanship Award

Eastern Connecticut State University