Lyons Named LEC Coach of the Year; Four Others Honored By Conference

Lyons Named LEC Coach of the Year; Four Others Honored By Conference

PAWTUCKET, R.I. - Keene State College women's soccer coach Denise Lyons was named as the Little East Conference Coach of the Year, senior Nicole De Almeida was named as the LEC Defensive Player of the Year, and four members of the Keene State women's soccer team were named to the LEC All-Conference teams, the league office announced today.

A year after the Owls went 4-11-1, and 0-6-1 in the Little East Conference, Lyons helped the Owls take a big step forward this season, which saw Keene State finish 10-9 and 5-3 in the Little East Conference, securing the No. 3 seed and their first home conference playoff game since 2017.   After a 2-1 loss to Western Connecticut State on October 5, Lyons and her charges won seven of the final eight regular season games to lock up the No. 3 seed in the LEC tournament.  It's the seventh time Lyons has won the award, having also done so in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2013 and now in 2019.

De Almeida (Nashua, N.H.) was named the LEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career, and to the First Team All-LEC for the fourth time.  De Almeida led the Owls defense that allowed just 1.72 goals per game and four shutouts.  De Almeida joins Beth Vachon (2002, 2004) as the only KSC players to be LEC Defensive Player of the Year multiple times in a career.   De Almeida is also the first player in program history to be a four time First Team All-LEC player.

Joining De Almeida on the All-LEC First Team is classmate Patricia Norton (Hampton, Conn.).  A fifth-year senior who sat out the 2018 season while recovering from injury, Norton played in all 19 games, scoring six goals and setting up seven more. Norton was also named First Team All-Conference in 2016 and 2017, and was the LEC Rookie of the Year in 2015.

Juniors Maggie Vogt (Bow, N.H.) and Jordyn Abasciano (Auburn, Mass.) were both named to the All-LEC Second Team.  Vogt, a defender, started all 19 games and scored three goals for the Owls, while Abasciano, a forward, led the team with nine goals and also chipped in three assists.