Jillian Petito Named NEC Defensive Player of the Year; Lauren Schwarzmann Collects Coach of the Year Honors

Jillian Petito Named NEC Defensive Player of the Year; Lauren Schwarzmann Collects Coach of the Year Honors

Smithfield, R.I. (May 2, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University junior goalie Jillian Petito was unanimously named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-NEC First Team, while Head Coach Lauren Schwarzmann collected Coach of the Year honors, as the Mountaineers took home two of the major end-of-the-year awards on Wednesday night. In addition, sophomore Carly Miller and freshman Beanie Colson were named to the All-NEC Second Team, and freshman Alayna Pagnotta joined Colson on the All-Rookie Team.

Petito became the fourth player in Mount program history to be named NEC Defensive Player of the Year, joining Jacqui Ricca (2007), two-time winner Aly Jost (2009 & 2011), and Melissa Cox (2015). Petito has been dominant between the pipes for the Mountaineers, registering a .561 save percentage, 8.51 goals against average, and 11.00 saves per contest in 16 starts this season. The junior net minder currently ranks second in the nation in save percentage, third in goals against average, and seventh in saves per game, while leading all qualifying NEC goalies in all three categories. Petito has made double-digit saves in 10 contests on the year, and has posted a .500 save percent­age or better in 12 of 16 games. The Ocean City, Md. native registered the Mount's third shutout in program history back in late February in a 16-0 win at Presbyterian.

Schwarzmann is the third Mount St. Mary's coach to earn the NEC Coach of the Year Award, following previous honors that Courtney Martinez Connor and Denise Wescott collected during the 2004 and 2007 seasons, respectively. Schwarzmann has helped guide the team to a 10-win season and the program's second NEC Tournament appearance under her watch. The 10 victories for the Mount are the most since the 2007 campaign. Schwarzmann's defensive unit ranks fourth in the nation in goals allowed per game (8.63), and the team's offense is the only squad in the conference with six players with at least 20 goals and 30 points.

Miller follows up her All-Rookie Team selection from 2017 with a spot on the All-NEC Second Team this year. The Marriottsville, Md. native has been one of the team's offensive catalysts this season, and leads all Mountaineers with 44 points and 18 assists, while ranking second on the squad with 26 goals. Miller also ranks among the top-10 in the conference in both points (2.80) and assists (1.13) per game. The sophomore attacker has tallied eight multi-goal games, and has multiple points in 13 of 16 contests on the year.

Colson has been a force all over the field for the Mountaineers this season, leading the squad in draw controls (68), while ranking second in assists (12), third in points (34), and fifth in goals (22). Colson's 68 draws are tied for second-most in a single season in program history, and she needs just two more to tie Sarah Schaffner's nearly 20-year old record of 70 draw controls set during the 1998 campaign. Colson has notched six multi-goal games on the year, including in the team's win over Bryant in the regular season finale.

Pagnotta broke out during conference play, registering multi-goal performances in five of seven league contests, including a career-high five goals in the Mount's playoff-clinching victory over Central Connecticut this past Friday. The Woodbine, Md. native currently ranks fourth on the team in both goals (23) and assists (7), and led all Mountaineers in NEC games with 17 goals and 19 points.

Mount St. Mary's closed out the regular season at 10-6 overall and 5-2 in conference play, and is set for an NEC Semifinal matchup at top-seeded Bryant this Thursday (May 3) at 1 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I.

NEC Player of the Year
A - Jess DeMeo, BRY

NEC Defensive Player of the Year
GK - Jillian Petito, MSM - Unanimous

NEC Midfielder of the Year
M - Lauren Ednie, WC

NEC Rookie of the Year
M - Ally Alliegro, WC - Unanimous

NEC Coach of the Year
Lauren Schwarzmann, MSM

All-NEC First Team

A - Caitlin Breglia, BRY
A - Jess DeMeo, BRY
A - Shannon Lynch, RMU
A - Anna Belle Reilly, WC
M - Lauren Britton, BRY
M - Dana Davis, RMU
M - Lauren Ednie, WC
M - Jessica Mazzur, SFU
D - Kelly Colegrove, RMU
D - Maddie Courtney, WC
D - Peyton LeConte, SFU
GK - Jillian Petito, MSM

All-NEC Second Team
A - Catlin Brown, BRY
A - Heidi Colford, WC
A - Carly Miller, MSM
A - Alyssa Pearce, SHU
M - Ally Alliegro, WC
M - Beanie Colson, MSM
M - Amanda Masullo, LIU
D - Dominique Anselmin, SHU
D - Laura Fullum, BRY
D - Madison McNally, BRY
D - Elizabeth Small, SHU
GK - Samantha Santeramo, BRY

All-Rookie Team
M - Ally Alliegro, WC
M - Beanie Colson, MSM
M - Amanda Masullo, LIU
M - Rachel Masullo, LIU
A - Alayna Pagnotta, MSM
A - Emileigh Scott, SFU