Somerset, N.J. (April 25, 2013) -- Three Mount St. Mary's women's lacrosse players were recognized by the Northeast Conference with the unveiling of the All-Conference Teams on Thursday. Juniors Gabe Little (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and Lindsay Diaz (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) earned First Team All-NEC recognition, while senior Kaitlyn Larrimore (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) was named Second Team All-NEC.
Little, who was a Second Team All-NEC and All-Tournament selection last year as a sophomore, leads the league and is second in the nation with 54 ground balls. Her 3.18 ground balls per game are good for fourth among Division I players this season. In a late February game at Columbia, Little set a career high with seven ground balls, and she also turned in a six-ground ball performance at UMBC. A staple of the Mount's defense, Little is a three-year starter who has not missed a start in her 55-game career.
Diaz has been a consistent two-way player for the Mount, ranking in the top three on the team in goals (t-2nd, 23), ground balls (3rd, 25), draw controls (1st, 36) and caused turnovers (t-2nd, 16). Like Little, Diaz is also moving up to the First Team after making the Second Team in 2012. The junior midfielder has found the back of the net in 13 of the Mountaineer's 17 games this season. Diaz is first on the team and fourth in the conference with 11 free position goals. She also ranks sixth in Mount history with 109 career draw controls.
After leading the Mount in goals for the past two seasons, Larrimore was honored with an NEC postseason award for the first time since an All-Rookie Team selection in 2011. On April 15, Larrimore took home NEC Player of the Week honors after four goals against Sacred Heart and five, including the game winner with 25 seconds left, against Quinnipiac. The senior attack moved up to 16th in program history with 75 career goals thanks to a team-best 25 this season. Against NEC teams in 2013, Larrimore has scored 19 goals and dished out five assists.
During her three-year career at the Mount, Head Coach B.J. Johnson has now coached six First Team All-NEC performers and five Second Team All-NEC recipients.
The fourth-seeded Mountaineers will take on top-seeded Monmouth in the NEC Semifinals on Friday, April 26, at 12:00 p.m. at Kessler Field in West Long Branch, N.J.