Emmitsburg, Md. (May 1, 2019) – After going undefeated in league play and claiming the Northeast Conference (NEC) Regular Season Championship, the Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse team was rewarded with four of the five major NEC end-of-the-year awards, as announced at the conference banquet on Wednesday night. Jordan Butler was named the NEC Offensive Player of the Year, Kaitlyn Ridenour earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, Jordan Groover collected the Rookie of the Year Award, and Lauren Skellchock was tabbed Coach of the Year, as Mount St. Mary's took home more than three major awards in the same season for the first time in program history.
Butler is the first player in program history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors. The sophomore, who also collected All-NEC First Team recognition, has posted one of the top seasons in Mount history after playing in just three games as a rookie in 2018. Butler's 54 goals on the year are tied for third-most in a season in program history, and she needs just 10 more to match the single-season record. Her 69 points are also third-most in a season by a Mountaineer, just six shy of tying the record. The Bel Air, Maryland product ranks third in the NEC in both goals per game (3.18) and points per game (4.06), and has tallied three or more goals in nine of the last 10 contests.
Ridenour becomes the fifth Mountaineer to garner the Defensive Player of the Year Award, following up Petito's honor last season. Ridenour and Petito are the first pair of teammates to earn the award in back-to-back seasons. Ridenour, who was also tabbed an All-NEC First Team member, has been pivotal to the Mount's defensive unit which ranks second in the nation in scoring defense, yielding just 7.24 goals per game to opponents. The junior defender ranks second on the team with 14 caused turnovers on the year.
Groover, who is the fifth player in program history to collect Rookie of the Year honors, also earned a spot on the All-NEC Second Team and the All-Rookie Team. The midfielder has played a crucial role in the draw circle and on the offensive end during her freshman campaign with the Mountaineers, as she leads the team in draw controls (67), while ranking third in points (38) and assists (14), fourth in ground balls (24), fifth in caused turnovers (9), and sixth in goals (24). Groover's 67 draw controls are just three shy of the program record for most in a single season.
Skellchock has claimed the Coach of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, as she becomes the first in program history to win multiple Coach of the Year honors. Skellchock has led the Mountaineers to a historic season, which includes tying the program record with 15 victories, and a program-best 12-game win streak. The Mount posted a perfect NEC record for the third time in school history en route to claiming its fourth NEC Regular Season Title. Skellchock's Mountaineers rank second in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 7.24 goals per game to opponents, and are 21st on the offensive end with 14.35 goals per contest.
Miller garnered All-NEC First Team honors after helping facilitate the Mount's potent offense for much of the season. The junior leads the team with 21 assists and ranks second on the squad with 44 points. Miller's 1.24 assists per game is good for seventh-most among all players in the NEC. The Marriottsville, Maryland native places seventh on the Mount's all-time list for career assists (50) and is 15th in points (116).
Petito, who was the NEC Defensive Player of the Year last season after leading the nation in save percentage, rounds out her career with an All-NEC First Team selection, which is the third All-Conference honor during her time at the Mount. The Ocean City, Maryland product currently ranks second in the country in both save percentage (.549) and goals against average (7.33). Petito has held opponents to single-digit goals in 13 of 17 games this season, and has been pivotal to the Mount's defensive unit that is ranked second in the country in scoring defense. The net minder sits in second place on the Mount's all-time list for career wins (29) and is third in saves (480).
Davis earned All-NEC Second Team honors after ranking top-10 in the league in caused turnovers, ground balls and draw controls per game. She's done it all for the Mountaineers on both ends of the field, as the senior leads the team in caused turnovers (23) and ranks second in both ground balls (40) and draw controls (65), while also placing fourth on the squad in goals (25). Davis ranks sixth in Mount program history with 127 draw controls and 12th in caused turnovers with 75.
The top-seeded Mountaineers will take on No. 4 seed Bryant in the NEC Semifinals on Thursday, May 2 at Waldron Family Stadium at 2 p.m.