2011 NEC All-Conference Teams and Awards

Somerset, NJ -- Quinnipiac junior midfielder Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, NY/North Babylon) was selected as the 2011 Northeast Conference (NEC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year in a vote by league head coaches. Mount St. Mary's senior defender Aly Jost (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air) collected NEC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in her career, while Bryant junior Lauren Filippone (West Babylon, NY/West Babylon) earned the NEC Goalkeeper of the Year award. Bryant freshman attacker Haley Bloom (Hauppauge, NY/St. Anthony's) was chosen as the NEC Rookie of the Year and Robert Morris' Katy Phillips was voted NEC Coach of the Year by her peers.

Caroleo is the second Quinnipiac player to win the NEC Player of the Year award, joining Tiffany Manzi, who was honored back in 2008. A second team All-NEC honoree as a freshman in 2009, Caroleo emerged as a prolific offensive performer this season for the NEC regular season champion Bobcats. On a team stacked with firepower, she stood out from the pack as the league leader with 47 goals and 3.13 gpg, a figure that ranks her 16th nationally. She is also the NEC's second-leading point producer with 3.53 per outing. The North Babylon, NY native, who has scored a goal and posted at least two points in every game this season, erupted for six markers on three different occasions this season, each time matching the NEC single-game season-high. A well rounded performer, Caroleo also ranks second on Quinnipiac in draw controls (35), third in ground balls (32) and fifth in caused turnovers (15). With 53 points on the year, she upper her career total to 109, which included 92 goals.

Jost reclaims the NEC Defensive Player of the Year award that she also won as a sophomore in 2009. She is the first two-time winner of the award and just the second player in NEC history to end her career as a four-time member of the All-NEC first team, along with Monmouth's Heather Bryan (1998-01). Jost, who hails from Abingdon, MD, is the focal point of a Mount defense that limited conference opponents to just under nine goals per game, the second-best mark in the league. She ranks first on Mount St. Mary's in draw controls (43), and second in ground balls (38) and caused turnovers (15). Jost joins Jacqui Ricca (2007) as NEC Defensive Player of the Year honorees at the Mount.

Filippone had a stellar season between the pipes for the Bulldogs, who improved four games in league play this season and finished in second place (7-2 NEC) in just their second season competing as a member of the NEC and third at the Division I level. She stopped 49.8 percent of the shots she faced on the year to rank second in the conference. Filippone is also third on the circuit in saves (10.0 per game) and fifth in ground balls (3.0 per game). Hailing from West Babylon, NY, Filippone has made her mark on the national scene with top-10 rankings in save percentage (sixth), saves per game (10th) and ground balls (10th). She showcased her skills in league play, holding six of nine NEC opponents to single digit scoring outputs, five of which resulted in victories for the Bulldogs. The first team All-NEC award recipient was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week on March 28.

Bryant has built a strong foundation for future success with a terrific freshman contingent led by Bloom, who led the Bulldogs with 41 points on 27 goals and a team-best 14 assists. She topped all NEC freshman in scoring, recorded five hat tricks on the year and her nine free position goals tied for fifth in the conference. Bloom, who hails from Hauppauge, NY, was named NEC Rookie of the Week on March 14th following a four-goal outing against UC-Davis. She is the only freshman to be voted to an All-NEC team, earning second team recognition. On the year, Bryant's freshman class scored over 62 percent of the team's goals and accounted for nearly 61 percent of the team's points.

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