LEICESTER, Mass. --- The Becker College women's lacrosse team, fresh off their best regular season in school history, was properly recognized by the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) as six Hawks were voted to the All-Conference teams, as announced by the conference on Tuesday, April 30th.
Senior goalkeeper Nikolle Storey (Cumberland, Maine / Kents Hill) capped off an incredible season as the team captain was voted NECC Goalkeeper of the Year as well as earning First Team accolades. This year, Storey has led the NECC in wins, save percentage and goals against average. As of this date, Storey ranks third in the entire nation in save percentage. She already holds school records in career wins, career saves, wins in a season and saves in a season. This is Storey's second team making the All-Conference team.
Freshman attacker Clare Conway (Billerica, Mass. / Billerica Memorial) was voted the NECC Rookie of the Year, while also gleaning First Team honors. Conway leads the Hawks with 51 goals and 32 assists this season, and she leads a Becker offensive attack that is averaging a program-best 17 goals per game. She has already set the single-season school record for assists in a season, and her 83 points in a season ranks second in school history.
Becker head coach Ashley Mossey was voted NECC Coach of the Year this season, completely turning around a team that went 1-13 a season ago and going 12-1 this year while clinching the top seed in the NECC Tournament. Mossey's Hawks went undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 record, and her players now statistically rank among the best in the nation.
Joining Storey and Conway on the First Team were junior midfielder Cassandra Nelson (Exeter, N.H. / Exeter) and freshman defender Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury, Mass. / Shrewsbury). Nelson was the top returning scorer this past season, and she has posted career-highs this year in goals (34), assists (11) and points (45). Nelson celebrated her 100th career point on April 25th against Dean College, becoming just the ninth Hawk to make that list. Kelly anchors the Hawks' defensive unit, ranking fourth in the nation in caused turnovers per game at 3.75 while tying the school record for caused turnovers in a season with 45. Kelly also ranks third in the nation in ground balls per game with 6.17.
Sophomore attacker Arianna Calouro (East Providence, R.I. / East Providence) and freshman attacker Julia Ravenelle (Barrington, N.H. / Oyster River) were both voted All-Conference Second Team. Calouro has 33 goals and 11 assists while Ravenelle has 38 goals and 18 assists.
Sophomore midfielder Sydney Theriault (Brookfield, Conn. / Brookfield) was named to the NECC Sportsmanship Team.
With the top seed, the Hawks earn a bye into the NECC semifinals, and will enjoy home-field advantage. The first round of the playoffs is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30th while semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd. The semifinal winners will then square off for the crown on Saturday, May 4th at the highest remaining seed.
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