2011 NEC All-Conference Teams and Awards

Bryant sophomore defender Nicole Rettinger (Dix Hills, NY/Half Hallow Hills West) joins Bloom, the NEC Rookie of the Year, on the All-NEC second team. An All-Rookie selection as a freshman, Rettinger caused a team-high 27 turnovers for the Bulldogs and ranked second with 23 ground balls. Her 1.69 caused turnovers per game is the third-best mark in the conference.

Central Connecticut State's creative sophomore attacker Betsy Vendel (Sandy Hook, CT/Newtown) adds second team honors to the NEC Rookie of the Year award she won last season. Vendel created scoring opportunities at an eye-popping rate this season for the Blue Devils, who established a program record with seven victories on the year. She leads the NEC with 3.75 ppg and ranks second with 1.81 apg. Vendel compiled a team-high 60 points on 31 goals and a single-season school record 29 assists. She is CCSU's career leader with 54 assists in just two seasons.

Rounding out the list of second team all-stars is Saint Francis (PA) sophomore midfielder Kate Simmons (Delran, NJ/Delran). Yet another of the NEC's outstanding two-way players, Simmons ranks first in the league and 17th nationally with 3.53 draw controls per game. She is also fifth in points per game (3.35) and eighth in assists per game (1.24). Simmons paced the Red Flash with 57 points (36 goals, 21 assists) on the year and has accumulated 115 points over her first two seasons.

The six-player All-Rookie team is headed by Bloom, and features six offensive-minded future stars. Sacred Heart attacker Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, NY/Lindenhurst), a two-time NEC Rookie of the Week, is the premier freshman goal scorer in the NEC with 31 tallies during the regular season. She is also tied for first in the conference with 10 free position goals. Robert Morris attacker Emily VanDyne (Webster, NY/Webster Thomas) was one of five Colonials to post at least 20 goals on the year and enters the playoffs with 20 goals and nine assists. She was tabbed NEC Rookie of the Week on April 4. Long Island midfielder Katie Williams (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) started all 16 games for the Blackbirds and finished second on the club with 27 points. Her 22 goals is the fifth-best mark among league freshmen. Wagner attacker Sam Morin (Rockville Centre, NY/South Side) finished her freshman year on a high note with 14 goals over the last five outings. She scored 20 times in 2011 to rank second on the Seahawks. Mount St. Mary's midfielder Kaitlyn Larrimore (Pylesville, MD/North Harford) picked the perfect time to elevate her game, scoring seven of her 14 goals last weekend to earn final NEC Rookie of the Week award of the season and help the Mount clinch a berth in the postseason.

2011 NEC Award Winners

Player of the Year
Marissa Caroleo     Quinnipiac        MF  Jr  North Babylon, NY/North Babylon

Defensive Player of the Year
Aly Jost            Mount St. Mary's  D   Sr  Abingdon, MD/Bel Air

Goalkeeper of the Year
Lauren Filippone    Bryant            GK  Jr  West Babylon, NY/West Babylon

Rookie of the Year
Haley Bloom         Bryant            A   Fr  Hauppauge, NY/St. Anthony's

Coach of the Year
Katy Phillips       Robert Morris

First Team All-Conference

Name                School           Pos  Yr  Hometown/High School
Emily Pepe Sacred Heart A So East Quogue, NY/Westhampton
Jen Semler Mount St. Mary's A Jr Baltimore, MD/Perry Hall
Ashley Trombetta Robert Morris A Sr Sykesville, MD/Century
Marissa Caroleo Quinnipiac MF Jr North Babylon, NY/North Babylon
Carissa Franzi Monmouth MF Sr Fairfield, NJ/West Essex
Devon Gibney Quinnipiac MF Jr Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton
Colleen O'Donnell Robert Morris MF Jr Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy
Esther Rufolo Mount St. Mary's MF Jr Woodstock, MD/Chapelgate Christian
Aly Jost Mount St. Mary's D Sr Abingdon, MD/Bel Air
Kaitlyn Kelly Quinnipiac D Sr North Massapequa, NY/Plainedge
Mallory Schulze Robert Morris D Sr Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright
Lauren Filippone Bryant GK Jr West Babylon, NY/West Babylon

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