STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Stony Brook’s Kaitlin Leggio (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) was named America East Player of the Year, while SBU head coach Allison Comito was tabbed Coach of the Year at the conference’s annual women’s lacrosse awards banquet on Thursday night. Boston University’s Traci Landy (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) was also honored as Rookie of the Year to round out the major individual honorees.
Leggio, the 2006 America East Rookie of the Year, becomes just the fourth player in league history to earn both Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year accolades in their career. Leggio is in the midst of an impressive season and is the catalyst for the Seawolves, helping them clinch their first-ever regular-season conference title. The sophomore leads the league in points per game (4.25) and is tied for sixth in the conference in goals per game (2.06) and tied for first in assists per game (2.19). The 5-8 midfielder also ranks second in draw controls per game (3.19) and fourth in caused turnovers per game (1.50).
Comito becomes the first Stony Brook head coach to earn women’s lacrosse coach of the year accolades. The second-year head coach helped guide the Seawolves to their first-ever America East regular-season title and the No. 1 seed and right to host the conference tournament. Stony Brook currently ranks fifth in the nation in draw controls per game (14.25) and seventh in scoring offense (14.81 goals per game).
The fifth Terrier to earn Rookie of the Year accolades, Landy has been potent force at the attack position. She currently ranks sixth in the league in goals per game (2.06), which is good enough for second on second-seeded Boston University.
Joining Leggio on the first team is Albany’s Kate Fontana (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse-Minoa), Katelyn Primomo (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and Sarah Spillett (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool), Boston University’s Sarah Dalton (Cornwall, Vt./Taft School) and Angie Martin (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough), New Hampshire’s Bailley Mazur (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), UMBC’s Maggie Chizmar (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), Stony Brook’s Carlee Buck (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan Academy), Jen Sandtorv (Centereach, N.Y./Centereach) and Jenna Spenard (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) and Vermont’s Kristen Millar (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary).
Dalton leads the league in scoring with 2.94 goals per game, while Millar leads the nation in draw controls per game (5.35) and ranks seventh in ground balls per game (3.35). Sandtorv is the conference’s leader in save percentage (.519) and also boasts a solid 10.37 goals against average.
The second team consists of Albany’s Kayla Best (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland) and Jen Daly (Stowe, Pa./Pottsgrove), Boston University’s Noelle Hopper (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and Kelly Munroe (Westwood, Mass./Westwood), UMBC’s Kelly Fahey (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), Jen Kasper (Eldersburg, Md./South Carroll) and Ali Levendusky (Baldwin, Md./John Carroll), New Hampshire’s Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H./Nashua) and Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H./Concord), Stony Brook’s Jenna Celano (Farmingdale, N.Y./George Mason), Brooke Souder (Pottstown, Pa./Boyertown) and Amy Taylor (Owings, Md./Northern) and Vermont’s Emilie Clark (Calais, Vt./Union 32).
Landy and Best are joined on the all-rookie squad Albany’s Christine Grueniger (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst), Boston University’s Caitlin Defliese (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and McKinley Curro (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan), UMBC’s Kelly Burgoyne (Sykesville, Md./Century), New Hampshire’s Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) and Natalie Jones (Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan) and Vermont’s Kaitlyn Fuller (Jordan, N.Y./Jordan-Elbridge) and Sara Buxton (Northfield, Ill./New Trier).
The 10-member all-academic team, which honors the conference’s top athletes with a 3.0 grade-point average or higher, was highlighted by first-team selections Leggio, Fontana, Primomo, Spillett, Martin, Von Bargen and Millar and second teamers Daly, Fahey, Durepo, Celano and Clark. Daly boasted the highest GPA amongst the 10 honorees with a 3.84.
The All-Academic team is a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings. Faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor some of the league’s top athletes that are also quality students.
The All-Academic Team has been selected based on the student-athlete’s academic and athletic accomplishments. Academic achievement for consideration requires student-athletes to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 entering the season. Athletically, student-athletes are required to be a nomination on the postseason awards ballot, which is determined by the league’s head coaches. Team size for team sports is based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 12 on the field for women’s lacrosse). Freshmen are not eligible for the all-academic teams and grade-point averages are taken from the semester prior to the competing athletic season.
Eighteen of the 24 all-conference sections will be in action at the 2007 America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship beginning on Friday, May 4 at Stony Brook’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. For more information on America East women’s lacrosse, including links to live stats and video for all three games of the tournament, log on to the conference’s official website www.AmericaEast.com.
2007 AMERICA EAST WOMEN'S LACROSSE ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Name, Cl., Pos., Team
Kate Fontana, Sr., M, Albany
Katelyn Primomo, Sr., D, Albany
Sarah Spillett, Sr., A, Albany
Sarah Dalton, So., A, Boston U.
Angie Martin, Sr., M, Boston U.
Bailley Mazur, Jr., D, New Hampshire
Sarah Von Bargen, So., A, New Hampshire
Maggie Chizmar, Jr., D, UMBC
Carlee Buck, Sr., A, Stony Brook
Kaitlin Leggio, So., M, Stony Brook
Jen Sandtorv, Sr., GK, Stony Brook
Jenna Spenard, So., D, Stony Brook
Kristen Millar, So., M, Vermont
SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Name, Cl., Pos., Team
Kayla Best, Fr., M, Albany
Jen Daly, Sr., GK, Albany
Noelle Hopper, Sr., D, Boston U.
Kelly Munroe, So., D, Boston U.
Kelly Fahey, Sr., M, UMBC
Jen Kasper, Sr., A, UMBC
Ali Levendusky, Jr., A, UMBC
Christine Carbone, Sr., D, New Hampshire
Ashley Durepo, So., M, New Hampshire
Jenna Celano, So., A, Stony Brook
Brooke Souder, Jr., D, Stony Brook
Amy Taylor, Sr., M, Stony Brook
Emilie Clark, Jr., A, Vermont
Name, Cl., Team
Kayla Best, Fr., Albany
Christine Grueniger, Fr., Albany
Traci Landy, Fr., Boston U.
Caitlin Defliese, Fr., Boston U.
McKinley Curro , Fr., Boston U.
Kelly Burgoyne, Fr., UMBC
Shaunna Kaplan, Fr., New Hampshire
Natalie Jones, Fr., New Hampshire
Kaitlyn Fuller, Fr., Vermont
Sara Buxton, Fr., Vermont
ALL ACADEMIC TEAM
Name, Cl., Pos., Team, GPA
Jen Daly, Sr., GK, Albany, 3.84
Kate Fontana, Sr., M, Albany, 3.72
Katelyn Primomo, Sr., D, Albany, 3.54
Sarah Spillett, Sr., A, Albany, 3.44
Angie Martin, Sr., M, Boston U., 3.37
Kelly Fahey, Sr., M, UMBC, 3.61
Ashley Durepo, So., M, New Hampshire, 3.16
Sarah Von Bargen, So., A, New Hampshire, 3.30
Jenna Celano, So., A, Stony Brook, 3.00
Kaitlin Leggio, So., M, Stony Brook, 3.12
Emilie Clark, Jr., A, Vermont, 3.78
Kristen Millar, So., M, Vermont, 3.40
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Traci Landy, Boston U.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Allison Comito, Stony Brook
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kaitlin Leggio, Stony Brook