HADLEY, Mass. – Boasting three of the conference's four major award winners, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team landed four members on the All-NESCAC team after a stellar regular season that saw the Mammoths finish 9-1 in the league and capture the No. 2 seed.
Julia Crerend '18, Sabrina Solow '19 and Maia Noyes '21 all garnered First Team accolades, while Solow was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and Noyes secured NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors. Head coach Christine Paradis was recognized as the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
A Second Team All-League selection a season ago, Solow moves up to the First Team and clinches NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year following a dominant junior campaign in which she lead an Amherst defense that has allowed just 6.38 goals per game. With 42 ground ball pickups and 33 caused turnovers, Solow ranks first on the team in both categories and second overall in the NESCAC. A native of Madison, N.J., Solow is the second Mammoth in program history or garner the award, joining Alex Philie '14 (2014).
The first Mammoth to be named Rookie of the Year, Noyes earns the noteworthy accolade and NESCAC First Team praise after an impressive debut season that saw the Lexington, Mass. native ranking among the league leaders in goals (26) and assists (22) to sit tied for 10th in the conference in points with 48. With 53 draw controls, the midfielder also leads Amherst and ranks seventh in the conference in the category, while also recording 25 ground balls and causing 16 turnovers so far in 2018.
Her first All-NESCAC honor, Crerend earns First Team distinction as one of the league's top offensive threats. The senior attack leads the Mammoths and is tied for fourth in the NESCAC in both goals and points with 49 and 58, respectively. Netting her 100th career marker in the quarterfinals, Crerend has also racked in 20 ground balls, seven draw control and caused 12 turnovers in addition to her illustrious 48.0 shot percentage.
Paradis – now in her 24th season at the helm of the women's lacrosse program – continues to add to her legendary coaching career by being selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Years by her peers for the second time (2014). Guiding the program to one of the best starts in program history, Paradis spearheaded a bounce-back season for the Mammoths, with the team concluding the regular season with a 9-1 overall record while ranking inside the top-three in both goals per game (13.56) and goals against average (6.81).
The Amherst women's lacrosse team, ranked number two in the nation in the latest IWLCA Coaches poll, continues NESCAC Championship play this weekend when it battles Bowdoin in the NESCAC Semifinals at 3 p.m. on the campus of top-seeded Middlebury.