Sheridan Player of Year, four honored

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 6, 2009
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Kate Sheridan

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.), who just led Colby College to a second straight New England Small College Athletic Conference women’s lacrosse title, was named the conference’s top player for the second straight year Wednesday.

Sheridan and teammates Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.) and Heather Nickerson (Falmouth, Mass.) each made the NESCAC first team. Caroline Duke (Englewood, Colo.) was on the second team.

Besides her two straight NESCAC Player of the Year honors, Sheridan also was on the All-NESCAC team in all four years at Colby. She was on the second team and was Rookie of the Year as a first-year and then earned first team honors the past three seasons.

Sheridan, a senior midfielder, earned numerous honors last year and should add more to her lacrosse resume in the next few weeks. She is expected to earn her fourth straight All-American honor later this month. Sheridan was the National Midfielder of the Year and the ECAC Player of the Year last year.

Sheridan heads into the weekend with 181 goals and 113 assists for 294 career points. She needs just one more assist to break a tie with Ally King ’03 for the all-time Colby assist record and has owned the goals and points records for much of this season. Sheridan, who is first in the conference in total points and assists, also set single-season records for points and goals. She needs just three more assists to break the single-season assist record. Sheridan has 209 career draw controls, 179 groundballs, and 94 caused turnovers.

Campbell, a junior attacker, earned All-NESCAC honors for the first time after making the all-region team a year ago. She just earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors on Monday after breaking a conference playoff record with 13 goals in one tournament. Campbell had earlier broke a single-game NESCAC playoff record with seven goals in Colby’s opening round win over Wesleyan University.

Campbell is second on the Mules in scoring with 39 goals and seven assists for 46 points. She has a .488 shot percentage, with the 39 goals on just 80 shots. Campbell, a junior, has scored 80 goals over the past two seasons. She also went over 100 career points and currently has 85 goals and 16 assists for 101 points.

Nickerson, a senior midfielder, does the job offensively and defensively for the Mules. She is third on the Mules in scoring with 36 goals and six assists for 42 points, but also is considered one of the top defensive players on the team with a squad-best 22 caused turnovers. Nickerson also made the All-NESCAC team for the first time after garnering all-region honors a year ago.

Nickerson needs just three more points to reach 100 for her career with 80 goals and 17 assists for 97 points. She also has 109 career caused turnovers, 137 groundballs, and 69 draw controls. Nickerson is a reliable shooter, scoring on nearly 51 percent of her shots this season and close to 50 percent for her career.

Duke, an All-American on defense last year, made the NESCAC second team for the second straight year. She is second on the Mules in caused turnovers with 19 and has 31 groundballs. The junior has 52 caused turnovers and 66 groundballs in her career at Colby.

Duke’s signature moment this season came in Colby’s NESCAC opening round win over Wesleyan. With the Cardinals mounting a serious comeback in the final 10 minutes, Duke deflected away a Wesleyan free-position shot that was headed to a wide open goal. Colby goalie Keryn Meierdiercks was called for a foul and was forced to be positioned behind the Wesleyan shooter to create the open goal opportunity.

Colby (16-1) will host an NCAA regional semifinal this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Middlebury College.

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