North Adams, MA- MCLA's Megan Richardson has been named the MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year following a vote of the league's coaches. Richardson (first team) joins teammates Kayla Baker (first team) and Cetera Moore (second team) as All Conference players.
Worcester State's Ali Maldonado was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Year while Bridgewater State's Delaney Langton was selected as the rookie of the year. Yasmina Carvalho of BSU was the Champion's Choice coach of the year.
Richardson is no stranger to the All Conference team as she's been selected for the third straight season. This year, Richardson led a defense that yielded just 28 goals, the third fewest in the league and was responsible for all six Trailblazer wins. Her name was all over the conference leaders as Richardson ranked near the top of most statistical categories. Here are some of those statistics:
Saves- First with 149
Save %- Second with .851
Goals Against Average- Third with 1.53
Shutouts- Tied Second with 4
On six different occasions, Richardson collected double digit save totals. She saved her best performance for her final game as the senior recorded 20 saves, many highlight variety, in a tough 1-0 double overtime loss to Bridgewater State.
Richardson saw an astounding 351 shots against her throughout the season, including 186 of those on goal. She stood out in conference play as Richardson saw 195 shots (Avg of 28 per game) but kept the Trailblazers in games with her stellar play.