A day after orchestrating an incredible first-round upset in the league tournament, four student-athletes on the Merrimack College women’s lacrosse team earned All-Northeast-10 Conference accolades.
Senior attack Amber Feminella earned a spot on the all-conference second team on offense; sophomore Haley Bartlett and senior Bridget Schofield were slotted as all-league third team selections at attack and midfield, respectively; finally, rookie midfielder Olivia Valdes was a member of the all-rookie team, as well.
One of the greatest attackers in school history, Feminella repeats as an all-conference selection and earns her third overall all-league recognition (first team in 2018; all-rookie team in 2016). With 11 hat tricks in 17 games, Feminella is putting together another season for the ages and is up to 73 points on the strength of a team-best 54 goals and 19 helpers. She became just the second player in school history to eclipse 200 career goals in yesterday’s win and is 10 away from the school’s all-time record. She also is six points shy of tying the school’s all-time high water mark, as well, with 259 over four years. She shoots at just over 40 percent (41.9), has 18 ground balls, six caused turnovers and – even more impressively – has been the team’s best draw control gatherer on the year with 78 thus far.
Last year’s NE10 Rookie of the Year and an all-rookie team honoree, Bartlett has been neck-and-neck with Feminella all spring on the scoring leader board and has 67 points heading into NE10 Championship Weekend. Her 54 points are tied with Feminella for most on the squad, while she has also added 13 helpers. She has 11 hat tricks in 16 games and has scored five or more points eight times. The sophomore has converted on over 55-percent of her shots (55.1), has 22 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. Her four game-winning tallies are most among the Warriors.
Joining Feminella as a three-time all-conference designee, Schofield earned a repeat appearance on the all-league third team after first doing so last spring. She has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of the team’s best two-way players over her tenure. She continues to add a scoring touch this spring with 22 goals and 31 points overall, but her true value is more aptly measured in her all-around impact in all three zones, as indicated by her 16 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers (ranked second on the team) and 18 draw controls (fourth on the team).
Finally, Valdes earned a spot on the NE10 All-Rookie Team as a solid presence in the middle of the field for the Warriors. She will finish the year ranked second with 42 draw controls, trailing only Feminella in that category. She has appeared in all 17 games and earned nine starts while posting six games with four or more draw controls. She also has three ground balls and three caused turnovers, as well as two goals.
The Warriors return to action in the NE10 Semifinals against sixth-seeded New Haven this Saturday (May 4) at Le Moyne’s Ted Grant Field. Game time is 2 p.m.