Lloyd to First Team; Hicks, Catania Second Teamers
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Three members of the Plymouth State University women's soccer team were among those honored when the Little East Conference (LEC) announced its all-conference teams and major awards winners on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior Mallory Lloyd (Hartland, Vt.) was selected to the All-LEC First Team, while sophomore Sarah Hicks (Sutton, Mass.) and senior Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.) were voted to the All-LEC Second Team following their roles in a successful season for the Panthers.
A 5-4 junior forward, Lloyd finished the year tied for third in the conference with 30 points thanks to an 11-goal (tied for fourth in the league) and eight-assist (second in the LEC) season. She was the Panthers' top-scorer for the second time in three years and has moved into the top-ten all-time in career goals, assists and points. She boasted a career match on Oct. 12, netting her second career hat trick while contributing three assists in a 7-2 win over Rhode Island College. It is Lloyd's third-straight First Team honor, after also being named the Rookie of the Year following the 2017 season.
A 5-2 sophomore midfielder, Hicks earned her first all-conference nod after appearing in all 18 contests for the Panthers. She finished second on the team with 14 points and four assists and third in goals with five, which included a pair of game-winning tallies. She saved her best for conference action, where she scored all five of her goals, highlighted by the game-winner in a key LEC contest against UMass Dartmouth with just 35 seconds remaining in double overtime.
A 5-4 senior defender, Catania bookends her career with Second Team honors after also being recognized during her freshman campaign. She anchored a Plymouth State defense that allowed the fourth-fewest goals in the conference (38), while also contributing a goal and two assists on the offensive end. She came up with a game-saving play in the Panthers' Senior Day win against Castleton on Oct. 26. With PSU nursing a 1-0 lead, Castleton had a chance to even the score late in the second half with a shot toward an open net, but Catania was able to clear the ball off the goal line to preserve the lead.
Under sixth-year head coach Ryan Joy the Panthers went 8-10-0 overall and an even 4-4-0 in Little East action to return to the LEC Tournament following a two-year hiatus. The fifth-seeded Panthers dropped a narrow, 1-0 decision at fourth-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the opening round, with the game's lone goal coming on a penalty kick late in the second half. The four conference wins were the most in 16 years.
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