Leone Named CAC Co-Player of the Year
YORK, Pa. – Wesley College's Madison Leone has been named the Capital Athletic Conference Field Hockey Co-Player of the Year, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon. A junior midfielder from Dover, Del., Leone shares the award with Mary Washington's Lisa Charney.
The Wolverines placed five members on All-CAC teams with Leone and senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Groom earning first team accolades. Leone has been selected to the first team all three seasons while Groom was a second team honoree in 2011. The only active three-time first-team All-CAC performer, Leone is the second Wesley player in the last three years, joining 2010 recipient Brooke Tadlock, to be named the CAC Player of the Year.
Earning All-Conference recognition for the first time are sophomore forward Devin Price, sophomore defender Brooke Gannon and senior defender Lindsey Martin, all of whom earned second team honors. The five All-CAC selections that Wesley received are tied for the most it has garnered (2010) since joining the conference in 2007.
Leone finished second in the CAC with 20 goals, 47 points and five game-winning goals while ranking fifth in the conference with seven assists. An extremely versatile player who plays all over the field, Leone also recorded three defensive saves and is the only player in the conference to be ranked in the top five in goals, assists and points. Finishing two goals and one point behind Charney in the respective categories, Leone took 31 fewer shots than the CAC leader.
In just three seasons with the Navy & White, Leone is already third in school-history in goals (59), assists (22) and points (140). All of her totals are already among the CAC career leaders.
A native of Bear, Del., Groom finished second in the CAC in saves (129), third in save percentage (79.1%), and fifth in goals-against-average (1.77). Playing in arguably the toughest conference in the Nation, and one of the hardest overall schedules, Groom performed even better in conference games with a 1.54 GAA and 84.6% save percentage. The two-sport standout had five games with at least ten saves, including a season-high 20 at Mary Washington on October 20.
Gannon was also a major factor in the Wolverines success on the defensive side of the ball, tying a CAC-record with 17 defensive saves on the season. A Harrington, Del., native, Gannon had 11 more defensive saves then Salisbury's Amber Holland, who finished second in the category. Ranking third in Division III and across all NCAA Divisions, Gannon was credited with a defensive save in the CAC Semifinals at Salisbury and CAC Championship Game at Mary Washington. Her save against the Sea Gulls came in the overtime session that forced a stroke-off which was eventually won by the Wolverines.
Hailing from Milton, Del., Price finished second on Wesley with 15 points and five assists while ranking third with five goals. She also took 100 corners on the season, accounting for 59 percent of the team's penalty corners. Price recorded four multi-point games on the season, and earned CAC and ECAC Player of the Week honors after recording eight points in a three-game span in mid-September.
Martin was also utilized all over the field for the Navy & White, recording a goal and three assists for five total points while also recording five defensive saves. Her five defensive saves were third in the CAC. Martin's lone goal came in a season-opening, one-goal victory at McDaniel. She tallied a pair of defensive saves in an overtime loss against nationally-ranked Haverford, and in the first round of the CAC Tournament against Frostburg St.
Mary Washington's Jenna Steele and Lindsey Elliott were named the CAC Rookie and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Under the leadership of head coach Tracey Short, Wesley finished 12-9 on the season and advanced to its third-straight CAC Championship Game in 2012. Earning the top seed in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament, the Wolverines host FDU-Florham in a Quarterfinal matchup on November 8, at 2 pm.