WATERVILLE, Maine – After helping the Castleton University women's lacrosse team to its fifth and sixth straight North Atlantic Conference victories this season, Emma Best has been named the NAC Rookie of the Week and Samantha Hebb has received the NAC Defensive Player of the Week award, announced Monday by the league office.
Last Thursday against Lyndon, Best scored two goals, plus she collected five ground balls and three draw controls as well as caused one turnover. Both goals came in the first 10:22 of the first half as Castleton built its lead over Lyndon.
Saturday at Maine-Farmington, Best finished with three points on two goals and one assist along with four ground balls, five draw controls, and two caused turnovers. She assisted on the second goal of the match and then scored one goal late in each half as the Spartans cruised to a 17-3 victory over the Beavers.
After receiving a rest against the Hornets, Hebb finished with eight saves while allowing just two goals to Maine-Farmington for an .800 save percentage, the highest single-game save percentage of her collegiate career when facing at least 10 shots on goal. Five of Hebb's saves came in the first half as she helped Castleton build its advantage, and the final total of eight saves was her highest in a game since March 27 at Keene State.
Entering the final week of the regular season, Best is tied for second in the NAC with 28 caused turnovers, third in the league with 53 ground balls, and sixth in the conference with 64 draw controls. Meanwhile, Hebb is third in the NAC in goals against average (9.86), fourth in save percentage (.468), and fifth in saves (102).
This is the third Rookie of the Week award for Best, with previous honors on March 19 and April 9, and the second time this season Hebb has been named Defensive Player of the Week, with the first award coming on March 12.
Castleton (8-6, 6-0 NAC) is currently facing New England College in the regular season league finale for both teams. The Spartans have already clinched at least a share of the NAC regular season title and are looking to win it outright against the Pilgrims, currently in second place in the league standings at 5-1.