Lloyd named Rookie of the Year, Martin earns All-LEC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University freshman Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) was selected as the Little East Conference (LEC) Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year after a vote of the league's eight head coaches.
Lloyd was also named to the All-LEC First Team, while junior Kate Martin (Westmoreland, N.H.) earned All-LEC Second Team recognition.
A 5-4 striker, Lloyd made an immediate impact on the pitch for the Panthers. The rookie wasted little time as she notched four goals and an assist through the team's first two games. She put together one of the best seasons in program history, let alone for a first-year athlete. Her 12 goals were the ninth most in a season, and third most by a freshman in program history. She added seven assists, equaling the 12th most in a season and the highest assist total by a PSU women's soccer rookie ever. Her 31 point season is the ninth most of all-time and the third best for a freshman.
"Mallory came in as a freshman with high expectations," said head coach Ryan Joy. "Rookie of the Year is a great accomplishment and it was well-deserved. We feel that she hasn't even reached her potential, which is a great compliment. She has become that true, pure goal scorer that Plymouth hasn't had in quite some time."
A 5-6 midfielder, Martin ended the season with three goals, two assists and eight points to finish tied for third on the team in scoring. Martin notched the team's only goal in a 2-1 setback to Southern Vermont in mid-September, and she added goals against Keene State and Rivier in October. She served as a co-captain this fall for a young team comprised of 15 freshmen and sophomores.
"Kmart also had a well-deserved bid," said Joy. "Her position doesn't always get the recognition for all she truly does for the team, so it's great to see that other coaches noticed the impact she has on each and every game. Her work ethic is second to none."
The Panthers finished the season with a 7-9 overall record and a 1-6 mark in the Little East. PSU and Rhode Island College entered the final game of the regular season knowing the winner would take home a playoff spot, but the Anchorwomen were able to deny PSU by a slim 2-0 margin. Joy is excited about the program's future.
"Next year we expect to get back to winning ways," he added. "With another strong recruiting class, a young team, and only needing to replace two starters – those high expectations have been elevated and the team has already started to put the work in for next year after what was, to be honest, a season of what could have been."
Little East Conference
2017 Women's Soccer Major Award Winners
|Offensive Player of the Year||Autumn Sorice, Western Connecticut|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Nicole De Almeida, Keene State|
|Rookie of the Year||Mallory Lloyd, Plymouth State|
|Coach of the Year||Alex Harrison, Western Connecticut|
F, Autumn Sorice, Western Connecticut
F, Mallory Lloyd, Plymouth State
F, Aly Clarke, Eastern Connecticut
M, Andrea DeVoe, Western Connecticut
M, McKenzie Reimondo, Eastern Connecticut
M, Patricia Norton, Keene State
M, Brooke Hellman, Western Connecticut
D, Nicole De Almeida, Keene State
D, Krista Petersen, Eastern Connecticut
D, Lucy Daniels, Western Connecticut
D, Tori Laires, Keene State
GK, Jillian Fernadez, Western Connecticut
F, Brittany DeGrooth, Rhode Island College
F, Katie Silegy, Keene State
F, Taylor Farland, Keene State
M, Jessi Beverlin, UMass Boston
M, Julia Pearson, Keene State
M, Kate Martin, Plymouth State
M, Linnea Reich, Eastern Connecticut
D, Jasmine Grey, Western Connecticut
D, Jaclyn O'Grady, UMass Boston
D, Michele D'Agata, Eastern Connecticut
D, Hannah Goodale, Eastern Connecticut
GK, Kayla Labrecque, Eastern Connecticut
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