WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Three Eastern Connecticut State University individuals in the sports of field hockey and women’s volleyball have been recognized by the Little East Conference in its season-ending awards program.
In field hockey, senior forward Alex Kallgren (Dudley, MA) was named to the All-LEC team for the fourth consecutive year while junior midfielder Stephanie Hogan (Northford) was named to the team for the first time. Kallgren was named to the second team for the third time. She was a third-team selection last year. Hogan was an honorable mention (formerly designated as third team) pick.
In volleyball, freshman outside hitter Abby Stern (Manchester) was named Rookie-of-the-Year and was also voted as one of six players – the only freshman -- to the first team.
The program’s all-time scoring leader, Kallgren becomes the program’s third four-time all-conference selection, following E-Club Hall of Fame midfielder Mo Deegan (2001-04) and forward/midfielder Laura Chicorka (2012-15).
This year, Kallgren had eight goals and a team-high six assists, finishing her career as the program’s all-time leader in goals (37), points (93) and game-winning goals (9) and second all-time with 19 assists. She appeared in all 72 matches, with 69 career starts. She will represent the conference at the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game later this month.
A two-year starter, Hogan started all 17 matches for the second straight year, contributing a goal and two assists.
Eastern (7-10) matched its overall record this year from a year ago and won six of 11 LEC matches. The Warriors qualified for the LEC playoffs for the fourth straight year and were the No. 5 seed in the LEC playoffs, losing 6-1 in the first round to No. 4 seed Westfield State University.
Named the LEC Rookie-of-the-Week four times in nine weeks this season, Stern becomes the program’s second Rookie-of-the-Year and first-team all-conference selection in five years, joining Adrianna Mihalek (2013). She is Eastern’s third LEC Rookie-of-the-Year in the 20-year history of the award.
The 5-foot-10 inch Stern saw action in 88 of a possible 89 sets and was one of the team’s top offensive and defensive players. She led the Warriors in a number of categories, including kills (279), kills per set (3.17), total attempts (804), service aces (34), reception attempts (400), and reception percentage (.925) and was second in digs (268) and digs per set (3.05).
Stern’s personal bests came against Clark University (29 kills, 68 attempts), Dean College (.727 attack percentage), Lesley College and Dean (five aces) and Plymouth State University (19 digs).
Eastern (18-9) posted its best winning percentage (66.7) under fourth-year head coach Megan Silver-Droesch and advanced through the first round of the LEC playoffs for the third time under the current head coach. Seeded third in the playoffs with a 4-3 regular-season LEC record, Eastern swept No. 6 University of Southern Maine in the first round before losing in the semifinals.