April 30, 2010

Stevens' Pigott Named E8 Player of Year

from press release

(April 28, 2010) – Senior attack Alyssa Pigott was named the Empire 8 Player of the Year for the second-straight season and six other members of the 12th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology women's lacrosse team were honored by the conference as the Empire 8 office released its all-conference teams on Thursday afternoon. Pigott, junior midfielder Christine Smith, and junior defender Kate Cox were named to the first-team, while junior attack Leah Wasserman, freshman midfielder Spencer Waybright, and sophomore defender Ashley Carey were all named to the second-team.

Pigott has now earned first-team All-Empire 8 honors three times in her career and currently leads the conference in goals (51), points (69), and points per game (4.60). She is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals with four and has also accumulated 34 draw controls, 24 ground balls, and 15 caused turnovers. Pigott scored the game-tying and game-winning goal in a 9-8 come-from-behind win at Nazareth, and also notched the decisive score in a triple overtime win over No. 8 Union College. She has been named the Empire 8 Player of the Week two times in 2010. Pigott is at the top or near the top of most categories in the Stevens record book and is a two-time IWLCA All-American. She has played in and started all 73 games over the course of her career, tallying 244 goals – second all time – handing out 89 assists, and accumulating 334 total points. She has racked up 20 game-winning goals as well.

Smith earned her second first-team all-conference nod as a midfielder, recording 41 points on 35 goals and six helpers. She has 65 draw controls, which is good for first in the conference and 24th in the nation, and the junior has also collected 26 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers.

Like Smith, Cox was named first-team All-Empire 8 in 2009. The defender leads the team in ground balls with 48 and caused turnovers with 29. She is ranked 53rd in the country in caused turnovers and has three points on two goals and an assist.

Wasserman was named to the second-team for a second-consecutive season and is having a monster year for the Ducks' attack. She leads the team with 26 assists and is second in points (63) and goals (35). Wasserman also has picked up 19 ground balls, controlled 24 draws, and caused eight turnovers.

Waybright, a newcomer, earns a second-team nod after showing her ability from end line to end line all season. The Duck rookie tallied 22 goals, handed out 12 assists, controlled 20 draws, picked up 16 ground balls, and also caused 11 turnovers. She is the only Duck other than Pigott to have double-digits in all six major statistical categories.

Carey has been a force on the defensive end of the field all season and is a big reason the team is ranked 20th nationally in scoring defense and 28th in caused turnovers. She is second on the team in ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (18), while her 25 draw controls is third best.

Senior Fionuala Quinn was named the Stevens Sportswoman of the Year and is also having a solid season, recording seven points on six goals and one assist from the Stevens midfield.

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