HIGGINS, TULEJA EARN ECAC ALL-NEW ENGLAND LACROSSE HONORS

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – After leading the Saints to the program's first-ever conference championship and to an NCAA Tournament appearance, Sarah Higgins (Groveland, Mass.) and Kristen Tuleja (Mansfield, Mass.) received post-season Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) honors.  The duo were named to the ECAC Division III All-New England Women's Lacrosse 2nd Team.  The ECAC honored two teams of all-stars, which included five athletes representing GNAC schools, including Higgins and Tuleja.

Emmanuel's 2014 Co-Most Valuable Players led the Saints to a 15-3 overall record, which included a late-season 11-game win streak.  Tuleja, a 1st Team All-GNAC selection re-wrote the Emmanuel record books in 2014, setting new program records for goals (63), assists (31) and points (94) in a single season.  After just two seasons in the blue and gold, the sophomore, has netted 101 goals and dished out 43 assists for 144 career points.

Higgins, a 1st Team All-GNAC pick, also got her name in the record books, as she notched new programs-records for groundballs (70) and draw controls (68) in a single season.  Higgins and Tuleja were Emmanuel's leading scorers this season, combining for 107 goals and 41 assists, while also standing out on the defensive end with 110 groundballs and 60 caused turnovers.

Western New England University sophomore Taylor Scialdone (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Amherst College senior Alex Philie (East Sandwich, Mass.) and Johnson & Wales University freshman Lydia Knapp (Glen Falls, N.Y.) headlined the 2014 ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse All-Star teams, which were announced on May 29th by the Conference office. Scialdone garnered Offensive Player of the Year laurels, while Philie was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year and Knapp earned the Rookie of the Year distinction. The voting for the 2014 ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse All-Star teams and major award winners was completed by the head coaches within the ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse membership. 

Scialdone finished the 2014 regular season with 48 goals and 39 assists for 87 points. She helped lead the Golden Bears to an unblemished 17-0 ledger during the regular season and the top seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament. In Western New England's lone game of the CCC tournament, Scialdone netted three goals and added an assist to conclude her sophomore campaign with 91 points (51g, 40a). For her efforts, she was also named an All-CCC First Team selection for the second consecutive season and chosen as an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Berkshire Region Second Team member.

Philie was a mainstay in the Amherst lineup, anchoring a defensive unit that led the Jeffs to the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse semifinals and a program record 19 wins. In her final season at Amherst, she finished with 33 caused turnovers, 58 draw controls and 39 ground balls. Philie also contributed on the offensive end with 28 goals and 35 points. In the NCAA tournament, she corralled eight ground balls, secured eight draw controls, caused three turnovers and also added a pair of goals and an assist. Philie was also named an IWLCA First Team All America and the inaugural recipient of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year award.

In her first season of intercollegiate lacrosse, Knapp led the Wildcats with 78 points on 53 goals and 25 assists. She recorded at least three goals on seven separate occasions, highlighted by a seven-goal showing against Rhode Island College. Knapp finished third in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in goals and ranked fourth in total points. She finished the season ranked No. 3 in all of NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse in draw controls, winning a total of 134 in 17 games for an average of 7.88 per contest.

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2014 ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse Major Award Winners

Name

Year 

Position 

Institution 

Offensive Player of the Year

 
 
 

Taylor Scialdone

So.

Attack

Western New England University

Defensive Player of the Year

 
 
 

Alex Philie

Sr.

Midfield

Amherst College

Rookie of the Year

 
 
 

Lydia Knapp

Fr.

Midfield

Johnson & Wales University

2014 ECAC Division III New England Women's Lacrosse All-Stars

 First Team

 
 

Name

Year 

Institution 

Attack*

 
 

Callie Murphy

Sr. 

Endicott College 

Britney Wuorio

Sr. 

Lasell College 

Liza Herzog

Sr. 

Middlebury College 

Julia Bell

So. 

Mount Holyoke College 

Kelsey Rahilly

Jr. 

Roger Williams University 

Taylor Scialdone

So. 

Western New England University 

Midfield*

 
 

Alex Philie 

Sr. 

Amherst College 

Taylor Clancy

Sr. 

Bridgewater State University 

Kirsten Kilbrun

Jr. 

Mount Holyoke College 

Jessica Scannapieco

Jr. 

Western New England University 

Defense*

 
 

Mel Brickey

Sr. 

Curry College 

Hannah Deoul

Sr. 

Middlebury College 

Rachelle Messuri

Sr. 

Saint Joseph's College Maine 

Ashley Stewart

So. 

Trinity College 

Devon Soucier

Sr. 

Wheaton College 

Goalkeeper

 
 

Lorin Field

Sr. 

Plymouth State University 

Second Team

 
 

Name

Year

Institution

Attack

 
 

Katharine Eddy

Sr. 

Colby College 

Lindsey McKenna

Sr. 

Colby College 

Kirsten Tuleja

So. 

Emmanuel College 

Hannah Tavella

Sr. 

University of New England 

Midfield

 
 

Caroline Hayes

Jr.

Trinity College

Rebecca McGovern

Sr. 

Williams College 

Jackie Connors

So. 

Worcester State University 

Defense

 
 

Sarah Higgins

So. 

Emmanuel College 

Lyndsey Shepard

Sr. 

Trinity College 

Dana Molloy

Jr. 

Western Connecticut State University 

Angela Grasseti

Jr. 

Worcester State University 

Goalkeeper

 
 

Hannah Jeffrey

So. 

Bates College 

*-Denotes Additional Players Added Due to Ties in Voting