Nov 07, 2018
Westfield, Mass. — Ali Maldonado of Worcester State and Megan Richardson of MCLA have earned the 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors and headline the 2018 MASCAC First Team All-Conference squad which is voted on by the coaches from around the conference.
Maldonado, a sophomore from Rutland, Mass., helped the Lancers to a perfect 7-0 record, the MASCAC Regular Season title and top spot in the league tournament. She finished the year tied for third in the conference in goals with nine and was first in game-winners with four. She also tallied five assists this season. Her best outing was in the 5-1 win over MCLA where she registered a hat trick in the victory.
Richardson earns the first-ever MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year award after leading the league in total saves with 149 while collecting a 1.53 goals against average, .851 save percentage, six wins and four shutouts for the Trailblazers. In the 2-0 shutout win over Massachusetts Maritime, she made 11 saves with a perfect 1.000 save percentage.
Delaney Langton of Bridgewater State is the 2018 MASCAC Rookie of the Year. The freshman from Scuitate, R.I., netted five goals and three assists for 13 points this season. Her top performance came in the 4-1 win over Fitchburg State where she found the back of the net on two goals.
After helping the Bears to a 5-1-1 mark in league action and the second seed in the MASCAC Tournament, Yasmina Carvalho of Bridgewater State was voted by her peers as the 2018 Champion's Choice Women's Soccer Coach of the Year.
Sitting on the MASCAC First Team with Maldonado and Richardson are Kassidy Campbell and Nicole Simas of Bridgewater State, Kayla Baker of MCLA, Kaitlyn Curley and Ashley Leboeuf of Salem State, Bella Eduardo, Jenn Rennich and Casey Rotti of Westfield State and Maddie Fong of Worcester State.
Earning a spot on the 2018 MASCAC Second Team are Caitlin Rowley and Alana Vincent of Bridgewater State, Mikaela Mitchell of Fitchburg State, Kayla Almstrom and Elizabeth Paolucci of Framingham State, Cetera Moore of MCLA, Madison Taylor of Massachusetts Maritime, Colleen Hurley and Ceara Kelly of Salem State, Natalia Falcone of Westfield State and Hannah Foster of Worcester State.