Field Hockey Places Seven On LEC All-Conference Teams; Bruno and McCall Receive Major Awards

Field Hockey Places Seven On LEC All-Conference Teams; Bruno and McCall Receive Major Awards

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--Keene State College sophomore forward Nina Bruno was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and junior defender Ally McCall was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, while the Owls placed seven players on the All-Conference teams.

Bruno (Agawam, Mass.) is the seventh KSC player to win the LEC Offensive Player of the Year award, joining Annie Timson (2002), Tanya Strong (2003), Erin Dallas (2007), Carly Benning (2009), Elizabeth Coffin (2011), and Sami Smith (2015 and 2016).   The sophomore standout has 32 goals, the second highest single season mark in school history, and 10 assists for 74 points, which is the second highest single season mark.   She notched five hat-tricks this season, including two four goal games and a single-game school record tying five against Bridgewater State on October 9.  As her sophomore year nearly ends, she has 127 career points, already good for seventh all-time in school history. She was the LEC Offensive Player of the Week for October 15.

McCall (Watertown, Mass.) becomes the ninth player in KSC history to take the Defensive Player of the Year award, joining up with Nichole Dallas (2002), Sara Joyce (2006), Alyssa Rowell (2007, 2008), Erin Dallas (2009), Leigh Smith (2010), Kerry Howe (2011), Katlyn Simula (2013), and Marita Brothers (2016).  She played in all 24 games thus far for KSC this season, leading an Owl defense that pitched three shutouts and allowed a single goal in eight others.  She also contributed three goals and a team leading 14 assists, which is tied for the third highest single season mark in school history.  She was the LEC Defensive Player of the Week for September 3 and November 5.

McCall and Bruno were also named First Team All-LEC.  Joining them on the First Team are sophomore forward Kayla Klein and senior midfielder Erica Stauffer.  Klein had a breakout season, scoring 26 goals and assisting on three more, netting three straight hat-tricks from September 8-15 and finishing with four on the season.  Her 26 goals are the fifth highest single season KSC mark.   Stauffer appeared in all 23 games for the Owls this season, scoring six goals and assisting on seven, and needs five points to reach 100 for her career.

Receiving Honorable Mention All-LEC honors are senior forward Julia Babbitt, junior defender Hailey Beaupre, and senior midfielder Mia Brickley.  Babbitt has scored 11 goals and has 11 assists for 33 points, the third highest mark on the team and reached 100 career points against Bridgewater State in the LEC tournament and scored the winning goal against Castleton University in the final.   Beaupre became a regular starter this season, notching a team high seven defensive saves, tying the sixth highest single season mark in KSC history.  Brickley started all 23 games she played in, with three assists while patrolling the KSC midfield.