Cecelia Dias named to Little East Conference All-Conference Second Team
Seven Colonials named to 2011 Second Team

official release from Jack Holleran - LEC Director of Communications

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA (Nov. 8) — The Keene State College women’s soccer team earned two of the five major awards this afternoon, when the All-Little East teams were announced this afternoon. Senior goalkeeper Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, Mass.) was named as the Defensive Player of the Year, while Denise Lyons was selected by her peers as the Coach of the Year. Eastern Connecticut State University junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn.) was honored as the Offensive Player of the Year, while University of Massachusetts Boston freshman forward Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) was selected as the Rookie of the Year. University of Southern Maine concluded the major award program as the Team Sportsmanship Award recipients.

In addition to the major awards program, the Little East honored 25 student-athletes on its all-conference teams. The top team was comprised of 12 players, while the second squad was represented by 13 student-athletes.

Marchitto is the sixth Warrior in program history to earn the prestigious top offensive player award and first since Sarah Swann was selected in 2009. The junior from Orange, Conn. is also making her third appearance on the All-Little East teams and second as a first-team selection. Marchitto was the offensive catalyst for the conference’s second-ranking scoring offense. She was one of the top play-makers in the conference circuit, leading the Little East in assists with seven. She also ranked among the Little East leaders in points (2nd, 37), goals (2nd, 15) and game-winning goals (2nd, 4). A consistent scorer, Marchitto found the back of the net in 12 of her 20 matches. The 2009 Little East Rookie of the Year penned at least one point in her ledger in six of her seven matches against conference opponents, including a pair of five-point performances against Rhode Island College and UMass Dartmouth. Marchitto also had the knack for recording the game-winner against Little East opponents, delivering the decisive goal against Plymouth State, Western Connecticut, and the Anchorwomen. She represented Eastern Connecticut as the top offensive performer of the week once on the campaign.

Dempsey is making her second career appearance on the All-Little East, first-team as the top keeper selection. The East Weymouth, Mass. product is just the second Owl to be honored as the top defensive player in the conference circuit and first since Elizabeth Varhon earned the award in 2002 and 2004. Dempsey ranked among the Little East leaders in shutouts (2nd, 9), goals against average (3rd, 1.03), save percentage (3rd, .818), and saves (4th, 4.50 per game). A starter in all 22 matches, she backstopped Keene State to a 13-7-2 overall record and the regular-season title. Dempsey allowed one or fewer goals in 16 matches, including holding six conference opponents scoreless. She boasted a season-high scoreless streak of 353 minutes, and five seasons during the span of six matches between Sept 14 and Sept. 27. Dempsey made a season-best eight stops twice on the campaign, most recently against nationally-ranked Middlebury. She was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Defensive Player of the Week for her performance during the week ending Sept. 26.

Ledin is the third Beacon in the past four seasons to be selected as the Little East Rookie of the Year. The freshman striker from Bridgewater, Mass. also earned a spot on the All-Little East, first-team. Ledin established a new UMass Boston women’s soccer standard for single-season points (44), and matched the record for single-season goals (20) and single-season game-winning goals (6). She ranked among the national leaders in total goals (13th, 20), goals per game (33rd, 0.952), and points per game (47th, 2.10). A starter in 14 of her 21 matches, Ledin recorded at least one point in 13 contests. She turned in a two-goal performance in her collegiate debut at Western New England, including scoring the game-winner. Ledin registered three hat tricks on the campaign, all coming against Little East opponents. She produced a season-high seven points, on three markers and an assist, against Rhode Island College on Sept. 27. Ledin was recognized by the conference’s weekly awards program three times on the season.

Lyons guided Keene State College to the program’s second Little East regular-season crown in the past three years. She is making her fifth appearance as the top coach in the conference circuit and first since 2002. The Owls were just the fourth Little East squad to post an undefeated 7-0 mark in conference play. Keene State earned the top seed in the Little East Women’s Soccer Championship and hosted the semifinal and championship rounds. The Owls advanced on penalty kicks (3-1) against UMass Boston to reach the championship round for the 10th time in program history. Keene State recently earned the No. 2 seed in the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Championship.

Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III.  Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes.  Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.     

2011 All-Little East Women's Soccer Teams

First Team

Name

Position

Class

Institution

Jessica Berthiaume

Forward

Sophomore

Keene State College

Krista Ledin 

Forward

Freshman

University of Massachusetts Boston

Daniela Marchitto

Forward

Junior

Eastern Connecticut State University

Brittany Croteau

Midfield

Junior

Keene State College

Kristin Mulry

Midfield

Senior

University of Massachusetts Boston

Sammi Jo Saltalamacchia

Midfield

Senior

Plymouth State University

Kelly Wallace

Midfield

Junior

Eastern Connecticut State University

Melissa Dempsey

Back

Senior

Keene State College

Cecelia Dias

Back

Junior

Western Connecticut State University

Amber Petrizzo

Back

Senior

Eastern Connecticut State University

Samantha Place

Back

Senior

University of Massachusetts Boston

Megan Dempsey

Goalkeeper

Senior

Keene State College

 

Second Team

Jillian Duran

Forward

Senior

Western Connecticut State University

Lauren Francisco

Forward

Senior

Western Connecticut State University

Erica Jonasson

Forward

Sophomore

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Ariana D'Aurio

Midfield

Sophomore

Western Connecticut State University

Sia Karamourtopolous

Midfield

Senior

Keene State College

Tamar Merheb

Midfield

Sophomore

Eastern Connecticut State University

Tracy Sales

Midfield

Junior

Western Connecticut State University

Kelsie Bailey

Back

Sophomore

Keene State College

Erin Griffin

Back

Junior

Keene State College

Alli Modzelewski

Back

Sophomore

University of Massachusetts Boston

Erika Moran

Back

Junior

Western Connecticut State University

Katie Wolfe

Back

Junior

Western Connecticut State University

Caitlin Avery

Goalkeeper

Junior

Western Connecticut State University

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Daniela Marchitto, Eastern Connecticut State University

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Megan Dempsey, Keene State College

 

Rookie of the Year

Krista Ledin, University of Massachusetts Boston

 

Coach of the Year

Denise Lyons, Keene State College

 

Team Sportsmanship Award

University of Southern Maine