WATERVILLE, Maine – After winning the North Atlantic Conference Tournament title this past Saturday, Castleton University swept the league's weekly awards, as Erin Shuttle was named Player and Rookie of the Week and Erin McKenna received the Defensive Player of the Week award, announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Shuttle was named MVP of the NAC Tournament after scoring a career-high seven goals against New England College Saturday night, the most goals any Spartan has scored in a single game this season. Five of Shuttle's seven goals came during the pivotal second half comeback, including the game-tying goal with 7:39 left in regulation and the game-winning tally with 4:33 remaining in the second half.
After a slow start, Shuttle has become a key member of the Castleton offense since April 12, scoring 19 of her 21 goals in the past seven games. This is the second Rookie of the Week award for Shuttle this season and her first career Player of the Week honor.
McKenna was a key part of the Castleton defense that held New England College to just one goal in the final 26 minutes of the championship game. She led the Spartans with five ground balls and four caused turnovers, plus she was one of four Castleton players to earn two draw controls during the night.
Entering this weekend's NCAA Tournament action, McKenna is tied for the team lead with 21 caused turnovers, plus she has earned 35 ground balls and 17 draw controls while appearing in 15 games so far this season. This is the second weekly conference honor in McKenna's career, as she was named NAC Rookie of the Week on March 7, 2016, after a solid defensive effort in a 15-4 victory over Western Connecticut.
Castleton brings a 12-6 overall record, including a 10-game winning streak, into its NCAA Tournament First Round contest against Westfield State in Geneva, N.Y., Saturday, May 13, starting at 1 p.m.