Smithfield, R.I. (May 4, 2017) – Four Mountaineers have earned honors from the Northeast Conference as the end-of-season awards were announced at the league's women's lacrosse banquet on Thursday night. Sammie Knapp was named First Team All-Conference, Emily Dees and Jillian Petito earned Second Team honors, and Carly Miller was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Knapp, a member of the All-Rookie Team her freshman season and a Second Team honoree last year, earned First Team honors as a senior this season. The three-time team captain led the Mount in all three scoring categories with 32 goals, 12 assists and 44 points to go along with a team-high 13 caused turnovers. Knapp registered multi-goal performances in 11 of the team's 15 games, including three or more tallies in seven contests. She finished the season ranked 10th in the conference with 2.13 goals per game.
Dees was one of two Mountaineers to earn Second Team honors as the junior captain started all 15 games for the Mount while anchoring the defensive unit. The Baltimore, Md. native finished the 2017 campaign with career highs in draw controls (25), ground balls 23) and caused turnovers (13), ranking top-three on the team in all three categories.
Petito, the Mount's sophomore goalie in her first season as a starter, joined Dees on the All-Conference Second Team. Petito started all 15 games between the pipes for the Mount, stopping 137 shots and posting a .460 save percentage on the year. The Ocean City, Md. native led all goalies in the NEC with a .537 save percentage in conference games, and also ranked second in the league in saves per game (9.13).
Miller wrapped up her impressive freshman campaign with an NEC All-Rookie Team selection. Despite missing four games due to injury, Miller registered 26 points on 15 goals and 11 assists as she ranked second on the team in assists and third in points. Miller, who was tied for ninth in the conference in assists per game (1.00), tallied six multi-point performances this season, including an 11-point effort (5g, 6a) in the team's win over Radford.
Mount St. Mary's finished the 2017 season at 4-11 overall and 3-4 in conference play, narrowly missing out on an NEC playoff berth.