EMMITSBURG, Md. -Aly Jost (Abingdon, Md./Bel Air), a member of the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team, has been named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year, announced at the NEC Women's Lacrosse banquet on Thursday evening. Jost was also named to the All-NEC first team while Esther Rufolo (Woodstock, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) and Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) joined Jost on the All-NEC first team. Kaitlyn Larrimore (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) was selected to the All-Rookie team.
Jost, a senior defender, earned her second NEC Defensive Player of the Year award after taking home the honor in 2009. The senior also becomes the first Mount player and only the second player in NEC history to earn All-NEC first-team recognition all four years. Jost ranks second on the team in ground balls (38), draw controls (43) and caused turnovers (15). The 43 draw controls rank eighth on the program's single-season chart. Jost ranks third in league games for draw controls per game (3.33). She notched her only goal of the season against Monmouth on Apr. 8.
For her career, Jost ranks sixth in program history for her career in caused turnovers (82), seventh in ground ball (167) and 10th in draw controls (79). The Mount has won three of the seven NEC Defensive Player of the Year awards since the inception of the award in 2005. Jacqui Ricca was the first Mountaineer to earn the honor in 2007. Jost is the only player in team history to nab four All-NEC first-team selections while Katelyn Catanese (2007-09) is the only other player in program history to notch three first-team honors.
Rufolo, a junior midfielder, picks up her second All-NEC selection after an All-NEC second-team nod in 2010. The junior ranks third on the team with 34 goals and four assists for 38 points. She also leads the team with 50 draw controls. Rufolo ranks fourth in the league in draw controls per game (2.94) and in draw controls per game in conference games (3.11). The junior has registered three goals in a match six times this season, including a career-high six tallies against Monmouth and five markers against Bucknell on Mar. 16. Rufolo's 50 draw controls are the third-most in program history on the single-season chart and ranks fourth on all-time career chart for draws (118).
Semler, a junior attacker, earns her first All-NEC selection after leading the team with 34 goals and 14 assists for 48 points. The junior has posted 33 tallies and 13 assists in her last 13 games, including seven games with at least three markers. She ranks third in the circuit for goals per game in NEC matches (2.67). Semler found the twine a career-high four times against Bryant on Mar. 25, Central Connecticut State on Mar. 27 and against Wagner on Apr. 3. The junior recorded a career-high six points twice this season after tallying four goals and two assists against the Seahawks and three goals and three assists against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Apr. 17. Semler was named to the Synapse Sports Weekly Honor Roll for the week of Mar. 29-Apr. 4.
It marks the second award this week for Larrimore after the red shirt freshman was named NEC Rookie of the Week on Monday. Larrimore, a redshirt freshman midfielder, has 14 goals and one assist for 15 points this season. She recorded seven of those goals this past weekend after registering her first career hat trick against Quinnipiac on Thursday and then notched a career-high four tallies against Sacred Heart on Saturday. Larrimore becomes the second Mountaineer to earn a spot on the All-Rookie team after Jordan Certeza received recognition last season in the first year of the team.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Friday against second-seeded Robert Morris. Match time is 2:30 p.m. in Hamden, Conn. Fans unable to attend the tournament can watch the game at www.northeastconference.tv.