PAWTUCKET, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth seniors Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown, Mass.) and Catrina Longo (Billerica, Mass.) were named First Team All-Little East Conference on Monday, as the league office announced the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse awards program.
The duo joined juniors Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) and Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.), both Second Team honorees, as the four Corsairs to earn recognition as voted up on by the LEC head coaches. UMass Dartmouth places four on the league’s All-Conference teams for the first time since 2004.
Gibb gathers the First Team nod as a defender after landing on the Second Team last season. The senior captain exits her four-year Corsair career as the program’s all-time leader in caused turnovers with 79 after recording a single-season program record 32 during her final year. She surpassed Selina Houghton ’13 for the program standard on April 27 with a career-high five caused turnovers against Rhode Island College. Gibb additionally ranks third in the program annals with 143 career ground balls, and fourth with 126 draw controls. 2017 also marked her strongest offensive season, as she finished with 24 points consisting of 18 goals and six assists as a starter in all 17 games.
Longo wraps up her career as one of the most accomplished offensive players in program history with her All-Conference debut. At attack, she racked up a team and career-high 48 goals on the season, good for sixth in the LEC, and chipped in a team-high 16 assists for 64 points. On her career, Longo finishes with 175 points and 126 goals in four years, both sitting sixth in the program record books. With 15 goals coming on free-position attempts, Longo tied former teammate Colleen Kane ’16 for the UMass Dartmouth single-season record. She registered a career-high six goals in two separate games on 2017, first against Emmanuel on March 1 and again versus Salem State on March 30. In the Corsairs’ 9-8 double-overtime win over the Vikings, Longo became the ninth player in program history to hit the 100-career goal mark.
After receiving First Team accolades in 2016, Douty continued her consistency as a midfielder into the 2017 season. With 31 goals and 11 assists (42 points) in 13 games, she was the Corsairs’ second-leading scorer behind Longo. Douty added in 23 draw controls to bring her career total in just two seasons to 82, good for sixth all-time, and gathered 26 ground balls. In UMass Dartmouth’s 14-10 win over Salve Regina on April 3, she potted five goals with an assist to match her career-high six points. Douty tabulated four goals in four other contests, including a four-goal, two-assist performance against Western Connecticut on April 18.
Kish earns her first career All-Conference nod with an increased offensive role in 2017. The midfielder registered career-highs with 27 goals and 11 assists (38 points) while defensively forcing 15 caused turnovers. Eleven of her goals were scored via free-position, vaulting Kish into third all-time with 24 such scores on her career. In all but one outing, she tallied at least one point for UMass Dartmouth, including a career-high six points (three goals, three assists) in the Corsairs’ 17-6 victory at Curry on March 23.
In head coach Keith Cory’s third season, UMass Dartmouth posted an 8-9 overall record for its second-straight eight win season. The Corsairs picked up conference wins over Southern Maine and Rhode Island College, and led the league in several statistical categories including free-position goals (51), ground balls (410) and saves (204). UMass Dartmouth earned the No. 5 seed for the LEC Tournament following its closest game with Keene State since 2003 on April 29, before falling to No. 4 seed Western Connecticut in the first round.