Twelve From Eastern Cited by Little East in Three Spring Sports

Twelve From Eastern Cited by Little East in Three Spring Sports

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Twelve Eastern Connecticut State University individuals in three spring sports have been recognized in the Little East Conference season-ending awards program, released today. The  LEC’s head coaches nominate and vote for the award-winners.

Among the honorees, senior defender Devyne Doran (South Kingstown, RI) and 11th-year head coach Christine Hutchison were voted women’s lacrosse Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Coach-of-the-Year, respectively, both repeating those honors from a year ago. Hutchison was cited by her colleagues for the fifth time.

Doran and senior midfielder Paige Schneider (East Lyme) were named to the All-LEC women’s lacrosse team for the fourth straight seasons, both earning first-team honors for the third straight season. Senior goalie Taylor Emmerson (Colchester) was voted to the first team after a second-team selection as a junior.

Eastern’s remaining All-LEC picks were first-time honorees. In men’s lacrosse, junior midfielder Harrison Urda (Milford, NH) and senior faceoff specialist Jesse Schulze (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) were voted to the first team and junior attack Matthew Rougeot (Cheshire) and junior goalie Chris Gorman (Shrewsbury, MA) were second-team picks.

Junior Katie Burke (South Windsor) was tabbed as a second-team All-LEC pick in women’s lacrosse, while all three softball selections were second-teamers: senior first baseman Gina Georgetti (Milford), senior designated player Kristyn Ryan (Barkhamsted) and junior outfielder Jessica Seymour (Barkhamsted).

Coming off a 5-1 record in the Little East in 2016, the women’s lacrosse team recorded its fifth unbeaten regular season (6-0) in the Little East this past spring, reaching the playoff final as the No. 1 seed before losing a one-goal decision. The Warriors  won six straight prior to the final and finished with an overall record of 14-5, their most wins since 2002 and equaling the second-most victories in program history.

After losing its top four scorers and starting goalie and five of six All-LEC selections from 2016, the men’s lacrosse team (8-10, 4-3 LEC) sustained its first losing season in the program’s 22-year history and it’s least number of wins in 17 seasons of Little East competition. Eastern failed to reach the championship game of the LEC playoffs for the second time in program history, losing in the semifinals after a three-goal win in the first round.

The softball team (15-25, 8-6 LEC) matched its 2016 overall record but won four of its final six regular-season conference matches a season after posting its first sub-.500 LEC regular-season slate. Eastern won 13 of its final 27 games following a 2-11 start.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Devyne Doran

Started all 18 games in which she appeared, missing one… named LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Week in each of the final two reports… in the LEC, ranks in a tie for first in draw controls (63), tied for second in ground balls (54) and third in caused turnovers (39).. set personal season-highs in all three of those categories… also chipped in nine goals and an assist…
started all 66 matches in which she has appeared in her career, missing only one…caused turnover total equaled the third-most in a season in program history… all-time finished third in draws (193) and seventh in ground balls (181)…

Taylor Emmerson

Started every match for the fourth straight season, only the second four-year goalie to do that… named LEC Goalie-of-the-Week in the final report of the season (May 2… in LEC, ranks first in wins (14), starts (19), save percentage (.556) and goals-against average (7.76). made season-high 19 saves in a 1-8 win over Southern Maine and 16 against Farmingdale State, and 14 in a 9-8 win over Plymouth State that gave the team a perfect conference season… wins were the second-most in a season in program history and goals-against average the third-best… finished second all-time among goalies in appearances (68), starts (68), and minutes (3,920), third in wins (32), and fourth in GAA (10.88)…

Paige Schneider

Started every match in which she appeared for the third straight year, starting all of the team’s matches for the first time… named LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week once… one year after finishing second in the LEC in goals, topped the conference with a career-high 71, the third-most in a season in program history… also led the conference in shots (140) and free-position goals (29) and was tied for third in points (74) and was fifth in ground balls (50)… finished fourth all-time in goals (191), fifth in points (208) and fifth in shots (366)…

Katie Burke

Third a year ago in the conference with a team-leading 31 assists, Burke topped the LEC this year with 46 – one shy of the program record set 12 years ago by E-Club Hall of Famer Moe Deegan… shared the team lead with 74 points (tied for third in the LEC) and was fourth on the team with 28 goals… one-time LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Week… had at least one assist in all 17 games in which she appeared… had at least three assists eight times, with a career-high six coming against Connecticut College, five in a one-goal victory over Keene State and four coming in the LEC championship game against Plymouth State… the assist total gives her 81 in her 49-year career, moving her into third place all-time…

Christine Hutchison

The perfect undefeated conference season was the fifth for Eastern under Hutchison -- first since 2011 -- and was just two years removed from three straight two-win seasons… the LEC regular-season title or co-title was the seventh under the current head coach… the program’s all-time winningest coach, Hutchison recorded her 100th victory in an April 25 road win over Western Connecticut…

MEN’S LACROSSE

Jesse Schulze

Capped four seasons of improvement by setting personal bests in faceoffs won (223), attempted (400) and winning percentage (.558)… led the conference in faceoffs won and taken…

won all but 17 of the team’s faceoffs… dominated LEC opponents by winning 67.3 percent of his attempts (99-of-147) in seven regular-season conference games and 68.3 percent of his tries (41-of-60) in two LEC playoff games…against LEC regular-season and playoff champion Keene State, was 35 of 57 (61.4 percent)… won more faceoffs than he lost over the final nine games contests of his career… top performances included 15-of-19 vs. Southern Maine, 19-of-27 against Plymouth State and 12-of-15 vs. UMass Dartmouth… in final game, set season record for faceoff attempts (400)… ranks second all-time in attempts (1,010) and third in wins (545)…

Harrison Urda

Had personal season bests for goals (29), assists (13) and points (42), more than twice as many as his first two seasons combined… totaled 15 goals in the final six matches, with a career-high five coming in a 17-14 win over Southern Maine in the first round of the LEC… scored the first two goals of that game and an important one in the final minute of the first half…

Chris Gorman

In his first season as a starter, Gorman started every game for the Warriors and played all but  71 minutes… was 8-10 with a 12.06 goals-against average and .528 save percentage with an average of 12.1 saves per match… ranked first in the LEC in appearances (18), starts (18) and minutes (970) prior to the NCAA tournament… in seven LEC regular-season contests,  averaged 13.4 saves with a .579 save percentage and 9.52 GAA…had an .850 save percentage in his first career start, backstopping a 9-3 road win over Gordon with 17 saves for his first collegiate victory… made a career-high 19 saves against Bowdoin and 17 in a 13-7 win at Southern Maine… in two LEC playoff games, averaged 14.5 saves…

Matthew Rougeot

In his first healthy season, dominated the offense with 50 goals (currently tied for second in the LEC) and 56 points… capped the season with 11 goals and 12 points in two LEC playoff games, connecting on eight goals (tying the program match record) with a career-high 17 shots in a 17-14 first-round win over Southern Maine… became the program’s second 50-goal scorer, following Matthew Savage in 2009… had 39 goals in the team’s final 11 games for an average of 3.5 per game… struck for five goals in a key 13-11 LEC win over UMass Boston… in seven LEC regular-season matches, led Eastern in goals (20), shots (7), shots on goal (40), man-up goals (3) and ground balls…  

SOFTBALL

Gina Georgetti

Started 33 of the 34 games in which she appeared, batting  .588 over one late five-game stretch to help lift her average to a career-high .349 – more than 100 percentage points higher than her 2016 average… named to All-LEC team at first base, but also started 11 games at second base.. batted in the middle of the order, starting a combined 23 games in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots… shared second place on the team with 13 multi-hit games and was fourth with four multi-RBI games… had a season-high six-game hitting streak as part of her .588 run… ended the spring trip and opened the northern season with five straight multi-hit games that produced a .611 average (11-for-18)… in addition to batting average, set personal season marks in hits (38), doubles (11), total bases (52) and extra base hits (12)… totaled 86 hits and 25 doubles in 119 career games…

Kristyn Ryan

Team’s leading hitter (.361) who is sixth in the LEC in home runs (6)… topped the team in multi-RBI games (6) and with hitting (9) and on-base (10) streaks… also led team with 48 hits (a career-high), 80 total bases and 20 extra-base hits and shared the team lead with 23 RBI… team’s primary DP who batted either third or cleanup in the order in 37 of 39 games… only player to start all 39 games…  batting .467 (7-of-15) in the LEC tournament, where she also recorded her 100th career hit, finishing with 107…

Jessica Seymour

In her first season as a fulltime start, started 38 games at all three outfield positions… team’s primary leftfielder who batted more than 120 percentage points higher than her average as a part-time starter in 2016… batted in six different spots in the order…had five three-hit games… was 7-for-10 in one three-game stretch which included two three-hit games in late April… in the third round of the LEC tournament, reached safely four times with three hits and a walk and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly… commited errors in only two games, none over the final 16 games…