Boston, Mass. - May 9, 2017 - Six student-athletes on the Springfield College women's lacrosse team were recognized for their standout seasons, as they earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Lacrosse All-Conference honors, announced by the conference offices on Tuesday.
In addition to earning First-Team All-Conference recognition, junior attacker Shelby Corsano (Bourne, Mass.) was named the 2017 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Year, while senior goalkeeper Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) garnered 2017 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year honors, capping off an incredible career in maroon and white. In her eighth season as the head women's lacrosse coach at Springfield College, Kristen Mullady was recognized as the 2017 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
This marks the third time that Mullady has been recognized as the conference coach of the year, as she was also recognized in 2015 and 2011. All three times Mullady has been the NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year, Springfield College has had the NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Athlete of the Year as well.
Automatically garnering NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference recognition, Corsano was joined by Anderson, graduate student attacker Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), junior midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and sophomore defender Andie Stone (Burlington, Conn.) on the first team, while Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.) earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference recognition.
Corsano led the Pride to a NEWMAC Regular-Season title this year, as she produced 60 points, including 49 goals and 11 assists. Corsano also secured 53 draw controls, picked up 25 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers. Anderson was a consequential part of the Pride's success during the 2017 campaign, as she posted a goals-against average of 7.49 and a conference-best save percentage of 52.4%.
Raniolo was instrumental in the Pride's success, as she produced 27 points, including two goals and 25 assists in 18 games. Earlier this season, Raniolo broke the Springfield College women's lacrosse program record for assists in a career, as she finished with 82 assists in just three years on the team.
Stone was a force for the Pride's defensive unit in the 2017 regular season, as she caused 26 turnovers, secured 14 draw controls and scooped up 42 ground balls and started all 18 games for the Pride. Mahoney was impressive on both ends of the field, as she contributed 21 points, including 18 goals and three assists, while on the defensive side of the ball, the junior has caused 29 turnovers, picked up 49 ground balls and has secured 64 draw controls in 18 games this year. Lastly, Bireley caused 19 turnovers, scooped up 25 ground balls, secured seven draw controls and scored six goals as a junior.
This trio led a defensive unit that was second in the NEWMAC in goals-against average (7.42) and allowed the second fewest goals (134) all season.
In her third season with the Pride, junior Kristen Steidler (Somers, Conn.) was recognized to the Inaugural NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. New to the conference this year, the award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.