Middlebury

Women's Lacrosse Players Earn NESCAC Honors - Ritter Is Rookie Of The Year

May 9, 2012

Three members of the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team have earned All-NESCAC honors. Senior Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) and junior Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) earned first-team honors, while first-year player Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) earned a spot on the second-team while being named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. The three helped lead the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance, as they prepare to host Norwich today.

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Souther leads the team in assists (23) and points (53), while ranking second in goals (30). She is also second on the squad with 37 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers. She has scored in all but two games, including a season-high five goals vs. Williams. Souther earned NESCAC player of the week honors on April 2nd after scoring six goals, assisting on five others, earning 10 draw controls, in a 2-0 week for the Panthers. She now owns 76 goals and 38 assists in 46 career games.

Nguyen is the reigning national goalkeeper of the year and a first-team All-American a year ago. She has played over 838 minutes in goal this season, missing one game due to illness. Nguyen owns a 6.94 goals against average with a record of 12-3 overall. Her GAA is second in the NESCAC while her save percentage places her third. Nguyen had a season-high 12 saves against Trinity on April 14th, earning eight in each game at last weekend’s NESCAC Tournament. She has played over 2,689 minutes in goal as a three-year starter, owning an 8.55 GAA with a 29-15 mark.

Ritter has enjoyed a stellar rookie season and is third on the team with 29 goals, just two behind Liza Herzog’s 31. She is fourth in points with 37 to go along with her eight assists. Ritter has picked up 24 ground balls in ’12, won 17 draw controls, while causing a dozen turnovers. The rookie opened her career with a four-goal effort in a March 10th victory over Bates, causing four turnovers and picking up three ground balls in the game. She has scored in all but one game this year with 10 multiple goal games.