WATERVILLE, Maine – After securing the regular season league title and winning its semifinal match of the conference tournament, Castleton University swept the North Atlantic Conference weekly awards, announced Monday by the league office.
Sophomore attacker Erin Shuttle has been named the NAC Player of the Week, sophomore midfielder Emma Best received the NAC Rookie of the Week award, and junior defender Erin McKenna was selected the NAC Defensive Player of the Week. This is the third weekly award of the season for Shuttle, the fourth rookie honor for Best, and the second time McKenna has been selected for defensive excellence this year.
Shuttle started the week with a career-high 10 points against New England College, scoring six goals and assisting on four other tallies as Castleton defeated the Pilgrims, 20-8. Sunday against Husson, she scored four goals plus collected three ground balls and caused three turnovers to help the Spartans advance to the NAC Tournament championship match with a 15-8 victory over Husson.
Best extended her streak of consecutive multiple-point games to six last week, starting with two goals along with three ground balls, nine draw controls, and three caused turnovers at New England College last Monday. In Sunday's NAC semifinal contest, she earned one goal, one assist, five ground balls, four draw controls, and one caused turnover to help the Spartans defeat the Eagles.
McKenna continued to play a major role in Castleton's defensive effort, as all opponents during the Spartans' six-game winning streak have been held to eight goals or fewer. Last Monday at New England College, she caused one Pilgrim turnover and collected three ground balls. Sunday against Husson, she tied for the team lead with six ground balls and caused three turnovers, her second match this season with more than one caused turnover.
Castleton, 10-6 overall, will host Colby-Sawyer College in the championship match of the 2018 NAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament Saturday, May 5, at Spartan Stadium at a time to be determined. The Spartans are looking for their seventh consecutive conference tournament title and accompanying berth into the NCAA Tournament.