BENNINGTON >> A second season of firsts continued after the final horn of the team's championship match, as the Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse squad picked up a handful of All-New England Collegiate Conference honors on Monday, being highlighted by the selection of junior captain Mel Orrell as the league's 2016 Player of the Year.
Orrell, at the midfield, was joined on the All-NECC First Team by fellow junior captain Lauren Nesshoever as the pair became the program's first players to ever receive top conference team honors.
Additionally, senior captain Emily Freling was voted onto the All-NECC Second Team on defense, while also being named to the NECC All-Sportsmanship Team.
SVC second-year head coach Tom Otero was selected by his peers as the 2016 NECC Coach of the Year after leading the Mountaineers to a 5-2 record in league action and the No. 3 seed in the conference's postseason tournament.
Coaches from around the NECC voted on players nominated by their respective leaders prior to the start of the playoffs, Otero being tabbed as the league's top head coach before taking SVC to its first-ever conference title game.
Orrell finished the 2016 season with a league-leading 68 goals, topping her 2015 SVC single-season record of 43.
She also led the team in assists with 8, 76 total point, 83 ground balls and 84 draw controls, which were second in NECC and 15 free-position goals, the third most in the NECC.
Those marks were all new single-season Southern Vermont records as well.
She recorded her 100th career goal in just her 26th collegiate contest before being named the NECC Player of the Week last Monday.
Orrell was then tabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Player of the Week as well.
Nesshoever scored 32 more goals than she did last year with 45 in 2016, ranking second for the Mountaineers and 11th in the conference.
She added six assists, totaling 51 points to sit at 12th on the NECC list and set a new second-best single-season program mark.
Additionally, the junior ranked third on the team with 36 ground balls, and she collected 41 draw controls for the second-best SVC mark and seventh-highest tally in the league. This is her second conference honor in women's lacrosse after she was selected as an All-NECC Honorable Mention in 2015.
Freling was a rock in the backfield for the Mountaineers, starting all 18 games while helping be the general for the SVC defense.
She had 33 ground balls on the year, the fourth-most for the team, while reeling in 12 draw controls.
SVC finished the season with a program-high seven victories.
Mason selected to All-NECC third team
BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced on Monday its 2016 baseball all-conference squads and major award winners with Southern Vermont College freshman catcher Dan Mason being named to the third team, while junior right-handed pitcher Joshua Hay was chosen to the NECC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Mason tallied 42 hits in his freshman season to rank fourth on the team, six of those being doubles while he also registered two triples and a home run.
His 25 runs batted in tied him for the ninth most in the conference and third most for the Mountaineers, while his 27 runs scored ranked fifth for SVC and 16th in the league.
Mason was ninth in the NECC in on-base percentage (.445) while being 16th in both batting average (.347) and slugging percentage (.455).
The freshman did a solid job behind the plate for SVC this season, too, making only four errors and gunning down 19 base runners, topping the previous mark of 15.
The SVC team only threw out 13 runners collectively in all of 2015.
Hay, one of the Mountaineers' two captains, displayed tremendous leadership to his team while respecting the game and his opposition to be selected as SVC's representative on the NECC All-Sportsmanship Team.
He went 52.1 innings on the hill through Sunday, recording a 4.30 earned run average while putting up a stellar 1.89 ERA in conference action.
SVC collected a program record 20 wins in 2016 and will finish with a non-losing record for the first time since 1988.
Matthews lands All-NECC third team honors
BENNINGTON >> Southern Vermont College sophomore catcher Nicole Matthews has been named to the 2016 All-New England Collegiate Conference third team, as announced by the league on Monday, while freshman outfielder Carissa Bottisti was selected to the league's All-Sportsmanship Team.
In her first year at SVC, Matthews had a terrific season which saw her be named the NECC and Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Player of the Week one time.
She racked up 36 hits to lead the team and tied for the 16th-most in the conference.
The sophomore was also 16th in the league with 24 RBIs.
Matthews ranked second in the NECC in both batting average (.522) and on-base percentage (.582) while leading the league with an .884 slugging percentage.
She registered 15 extra-base hits, with eight doubles, four triples and three home runs in the 2016 campaign.
Her batting average was the best-ever by a Mountaineer in a single season (at least 50 at bats) while her on-base percentage was also a new program high.
Bottisti was limited to action in just 11 games, getting four RBIs and three runs scored in that time. She played the game the right way with a positive and supportive attitude, exemplifying the NECC sportsmanship statement.
SVC finished with a 4-24 record on the season.