PAWTUCKET, R.I.--Freshman Nina Bruno's outstanding campaign earned her the 2017 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, it was announced today by the conference office. The Owls also placed four on the LEC All-Conference Teams.
A freshman from Agawam, Mass, Bruno has started all 22 games for the Owls, scoring 23 goals and assisting on seven more. The 23 goals are tied for the fifth most in a single season, while the 53 points are the sixth most. Bruno, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Little East Conference tournament, had four hat-tricks this season, against Framingham State (September 7), Bridgewater State (October 7), Bridgewater State again (October 28), and Westfield State (November 4). She netted the game winning goal in six of Keene State's 14 wins this year, and was also named the the First Team All-LEC.
Bruno joins Katlyn Simula (2010), Caitlyn Davino-Draper (2011), and Sami Smith (2013) as the winners of the LEC Rookie of the Year award.
Despite missing five games with injury, Dandeneau finished as the teams' second leading scorer with 17 goals and seven assists, including a hat-trick against the University of Southern Maine (October 10) and two goals against Eastern Connecticut State (October 14) and Plymouth State (November 1). The Berlin, N.H., native had four different game winning goals for the Owls this year.
Smith from Merrimack, N.H., served as one of the teams' co-captains this year, starting all 22 games on the Owls' backline, contributing three goals and one assist. She netted goals against Framingham State (September 7), Plymouth State (September 19), and a penalty stroke in the LEC title game against Westfield State.
Earning a spot on the All-LEC Second Team is sophomore Ally McCall. The transfer from the University of Vermont and native of Watertown, Mass., slid right into the starting lineup, scoring four times and assisting on six more, including a brace against Western Conn. State on September 23.