Schmidt, Coach Joy receive major awards; Kallis, Catania also recognized
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four members of the Plymouth State University women's soccer program were recognized Tuesday with announcement of the 2016 All-Little East Conference Team, as voted by the LEC's eight head coaches.
Senior goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt (Newmarket, N.H./Newmarket) earned top honors for the Panthers, receiving the LEC Defensive Player of the Year award and First Team All-Conference. Senior Hannah Kallis (Sanford, Maine/Sanford) and freshman Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) were named to the All-LEC Second Team, and PSU third-year head coach Ryan Joy was voted by his peers as LEC Coach of the Year.
A 5-9 senior, Schmidt finished off a fantastic senior season, leading the league with career-highs of 0.85 goals against average, a .892 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 18 games. She is also ranked 23rd in the NCAA Division III in save percentage. Schmidt reached double digits in saves in five games, including 15 stops in a 0-0 double-overtime tie against UMass Dartmouth in the LEC Tournament. Schmidt was a two-time LEC Goalkeeper of the Week this season, and was named to the Academic All-District Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A four-year starter, she finishes her career with 26 victories, a 1.63 goals against average, an .834 save percentage, and 18 clean sheets, which ranks third in PSU's all-time record book for shutouts by a goalie.
A 5-8 senior, Kallis led the Panthers in scoring this season with six goals, seven assists and 19 points. Her seven assists rank fifth in the conference and her 19 points rank her sixth. She scored two goals in a game early in the season in a win over Lyndon State, and tallied a goal and two assists in a 3-0 victory over Salem State. Kallis scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 overtime decision over Colby-Sawyer College, and tallied goals in LEC triumphs over Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth. A four-year veteran and three-year starter, Kallis completes her 60-game career with 16 goals, 12 assists and 44 points.
A 5-3 freshman, Catania made an immediate impact on the Panther defense, starting all 18 games in her rookie season. She helped PSU post 11 shutouts, the most in a season for Plymouth State since 1999, and allow just 16 goals, the fewest since 1997. Catania also chipped in on offense, scoring her only goal of the season in a 2-1 LEC win over UMass Boston.
Picked to finish sixth in this year's Little East preseason poll, the Panthers finished in a tie for fourth place with a 3-4 mark under Coach Joy, the most LEC wins in a season since 2007 and highest finish since 2006. PSU wound up 9-6-3 overall, the most wins in a season since 2003. The Panthers advanced past UMass Dartmouth on penalty kicks in the first round of the LEC Tournament, making their first semifinal appearance since 2001.
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