WATERVILLE, Maine - The 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's lacrosse postseason awards have been released and six Husson University players have been honored, setting a new school record for the most honorees in program history.
Freshman midfielder Mary Cushing has been selected as the NAC Rookie of the Year and is listed on the First Team. Cushing is joined on the First Team by sophomore keeper Mallory Burchill, while sophomore attacker Maddy Olsen, junior attacker Cali Newton, and sophomore defender Alex Butler are listed on the Second Team, and freshman Rose Davies landed a spot on the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Cushing becomes the third HU player to claim NAC Rookie of the Year recognition and the first freshman to earn a spot on the First Team in nine seasons after scoring 16 goals and contributing four assists in five conference games this season. Both numbers rank fourth overall, and first for league freshmen. She led the conference with 18 ground balls, won 19 draw controls, and scored on 5-of-7 free position shots in NAC games. Across all 14 games for the Eagles, the three-time NAC Rookie of the Week and one-time Player of the Week racked up 40 goals - fifth most in a single-season and second highest by a freshman in program history - eight assists, 48 points - eighth most in a single-season and second highest by a freshman in program history - 41 ground balls, caused 22 turnovers, and also scored on 15-of-27 free position shots to lead the league in that category. Cushing had single-game season-highs of six goals, seven ground balls, five caused turnovers, and ten draw controls. She also established new program single-season records in free position goals and shots.
Burchill collects her first career All-Conference honor, while becoming the first goalkeeper in program history to earn All-Conference honors after posting an 11.51 goals-against average and a 49.8 save percentage with a 7-7 record during her sophomore season. She made 161 saves in 844:23 minutes between the pipes and ranked first among NAC keepers in saves and save percentage. She currently holds an 11.90 goals-against career average with a 13-15 record in 28 games played. She's registered a 46.7 save percentage with 293 stops in 1684:23 minutes between the pipes over the past two years.
Olsen claims her first All-Conference nod after scoring 23 goals with 11 assists for 34 total points while posting 48 draw controls, 36 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers this spring. Through two seasons, Olsen has tallied 47 goals and 23 assists for 70 total points with 62 ground balls, 122 draw controls, and 17 caused turnovers in 27 career contests.
Newton also earns All-NAC honors for the first time after registering 21 goals and six assists for 27 points off of 42 total shots. She scooped up 31 ground balls, won 11 draws, and caused 20 turnovers this spring. The junior captain heads into her final collegiate season with 64 goals, 13 assists, 93 ground balls, 17 draw controls, and 42 caused turnovers in 41 career contests.
Butler collects Second Team All-NAC acclaim for the second-consecutive season after tallying 26 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers in 2019. In two seasons, she has posted 62 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers over 28 contests.
Davies was selected to the NAC All-Sportsmanship team because she positively affected the lacrosse culture and environment and her behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.
Under the watch of head coach Dorian Gilmartin-Dzitko, Husson closed out the 2019 campaign with a 7-7 overall record, including a 3-2 mark in NAC play, en route to earning the program's tenth postseason berth in the last 11 seasons.