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Five Student-Athletes Collect NEWMAC All-Conference Honors; Stone Named Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Five Student-Athletes Collect NEWMAC All-Conference Honors; Stone Named Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Springfield, Mass. - May 9, 2019 - The Springfield College women's lacrosse team had five student-athletes honored for their performances during the 2019 season, as they earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference honors, which was announced by the conference offices on Thursday.

The Pride's five student-athletes honored included four on the first team, as only Babson had more with five. Earning First-Team honors was Kate Sarnacki (Granby, Mass.), Gabby Fogg (Wells, Maine), Taylor Kane (Woburn, Mass.) and Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.), while Taylor Pichel (Hopkinton, Mass.) garnered Second-Team accolades.

For her efforts throughout the 2019 regular season, Stone was honored as the NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Babson's Mairead Williams. This marks the first Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year honor for the Pride since Gabby Anderson collected the honor in 2017, as Springfield College has now had six student-athletes earn Player of the Year honors dating back to 2006.

Sarnacki, a sophomore attack and Sports Biology major at Springfield College, has had a record-breaking season for the Pride, collecting 90 points on 60 goals and 30 assists. Sarnacki's 90 points this season is already a program record for the maroon and white, as she surpassed the previous record of 87 points, which was posted by Shelby Corsano in 2018. Sarnacki was instrumental in leading the Pride to its fourth NEWMAC title in the last eight seasons as her six points fueled Springfield College to victory. 

Fogg, a sophomore midfielder and Sports Biology major at Springfield College, has been instrumental in the Pride's success this season as well, as she continues to contribute on both ends of the lacrosse field. Fogg has recorded 30 points on 25 goals and five assists, while also picking up 37 ground balls, securing 26 draw controls and causing 20 turnovers.

Kane and Stone have been the anchors of the Pride's defensive unit this season, which is holding opponents to just 9.42 goals per contest, the top mark in the NEWMAC. Kane, a senior defender and Applied Exercise Science major, has been crucial on the draw for the maroon and white in 2019, collecting 107 draw controls, 30 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers, while Stone, a senior Nutritional Sciences major and defender for the Pride, leads the team in caused turnovers with 37, while also picking up 47 ground balls and six draw controls.

Pichel, a sophomore attacker for Springfield College, was key in the Pride's run at a NEWMAC title, as her four goals in the championship game resulted in her being named the NEWMAC Championship Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Pichel has posted 54 points so far this season, the second most on the Pride, which has included 43 goals and 11 assists. Pichel also has 20 draw controls, 16 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers thus far.

Springfield College will compete in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons this upcoming weekend, as the Pride pays visit to No. 5 Franklin & Marshall on Sunday, May 12. The Second-Round matchup will begin at 1 p.m.

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