Wilson and Valentine Named NEAC Players of the Year

L-R: Nicole Wilson, Kassidy Valentine, Shelby Lamb, Alysa Maddaleno, Taylor Lessard
L-R: Nicole Wilson, Kassidy Valentine, Shelby Lamb, Alysa Maddaleno, Taylor Lessard

LATHAM, N.Y. — Nicole Wilson and Kassidy Valentine was named North Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year on Wednesday, as nominated by the conference coaches.

Along with Wilson, Shelby Lamb, Alysa Maddaleno, and Taylor Lessard were named All-North Eastern Athletic Conference.

Nicole Wilson has been the offensive leader for the Wolves all season. She led Keuka College and ranked second in the NEAC with seven goals and 17 total points. During the season, she broke the Keuka College career record for points as a junior. It was the third straight season Nicole Wilson was named all-conference. She is the third Keuka College player to earn NEAC Player of the Year honors in the five years of the field hockey program.

Kassidy Valentine is the second Keuka College keeper to earn NEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Valentine led the conference this season with three wins and a 3.60 goals against average. Her .645 save percentage ranks second in the league. Valentine will leave Keuka College as one of the top keepers in program history, leading in career goals against average (2.95), career wins (13), and career shutouts (3).

For the third year in a row, Shelby Lamb was named All-North Eastern Athletic Conference. The senior scored two goals and added an assist while starting all 15 games for the Wolves this season. Both of her goals came in conference play and were the game-winning goals in those games.

Alysa Maddaleno tied for second on the team with four goals scored on the season. She also added an assist for the Green and Gold. It was the second all-conference selection for the senior.

Joining the run of quality seniors for the Wolves, Taylor Lessard earned her second all-conference selection. Lessard scored a pair of goals for the Wolves and was the primary inserter for penalty corners for Keuka College.

The Wolves will host the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship Game for the third season in a row. The Green and Gold posted a perfect 3-0 record in the regular season to win the title. Keuka College will host Wells College on Saturday, November 2 at 1pm.