WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University senior Stephanie Hogan (Northford) is a repeat selection to the 2018 Little East Conference all-conference field hockey team and has been joined by first-year junior Morgan Sanson (Thomaston), released today. Both were honorable mention selections.
Hogan was one of three defenders and Sanson one of four forwards voted to the 11-player honorable mention team (designated as "third team" until 2017). Eleven-person first and second teams were also selected, as were four major awards (Offensive Player-of-the-Year, Defensive Player-of-the-Year, Rookie-of-the-Year and Coach-of-the-Year).
The all-conference teams and major award-winners were voted upon by the conference's 13 head coach prior to the start of LEC tournament competition
Named all-conference at midfield as a junior, Hogan started every match for the third straight year this season and helped the Warriors share sixth place overall among LEC teams in least goals allowed. In addition to defense, Hogan was second on the team in goals (5) and second in points (11) – both individual career highs.
A team captain and one of only two four-year lettterwinners on this year's team, Hogan appeared in all possible 69 matches in her career, starting each for the third straight season. She contributed seven goals and six assists in her career.
A dual-sport athlete at Eastern and a two-time, three-sport All-Stater and three-sport state champion in high school, Sanson started every match in her first season, leading the team in goals (6), game-winning goals (4), assists (3), and points (15).
Sanson was credited with an assist in her collegiate debut Sept. 1 against Springfield College, scored her first goal in her fourth match Sept. 15 against the University of Southern Maine, and had her first multi-goal match with a pair in her sixth game Sept. 19 against Salem State University.
On Oct. 1, Sanson was named the Warriors' only LEC weekly honoree during the year when she was named Rookie-of-the-Week Oct. 1 after scoring the game-ending goal five minutes into sudden death overtime to cap a comeback from three goals down in a 4-3 home LEC victory over Plymouth State University.
Eastern (5-10, 5-7 LEC) shared eighth place in the final LEC regular-season standings and tie-breakers made it the eighth and final tournament seed as the Warriors qualified for playoffs for the fifth straight season.