The Thomas women's lacrosse team made it to their third consecutive North Atlantic Conference Championship game this season under new head coach Sarah Merrill. It was yet another successful season for the program with four all-conference selections, high-ranked statistical leaders and milestones reached.
SEASON RESULTS: 8-4 overall record, 6-2 conference record, reached the NAC Finals
The 2015 season was slow to get going for the Terriers, as the weather caused for many postponements as Thomas opened their season up with a win on March 1 and then did not play their second game until March 21. The team ended up getting five games in during March, and got off to a 4-1 start that included two games where they scored over 20 goals.
After suffering a non-conference loss to Regis, Thomas won their next three games over conference opponents Colby-Sawyer, UMF and Green Mountain before dropping their regular season finale to Husson. The Terriers earned the No. 2 seed in the NAC postseason and a bye into the semifinals by virtue of winning a three-way tiebreaker with Colby-Sawyer and Husson.
Thomas hosted third-seed Colby-Sawyer at home in the semifinal playoff game, and came out on top 9-7 to advance to the championship game for the third straight time against Castleton. The season came to an end in the title game on May 2 to the Spartans, as the Terriers finished as the conference runner-up.
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All-Conference First Team
Jennifer Day, Attack – 12 games (12 starts), 51 goals, 19 assists, 70 points, 30 ground balls, 27 draw controls, 23 caused turnovers
Brittany Premo, Midfield – 12 games (11 starts), 31 goals, 6 assists, 37 points, 32 ground balls, 46 draw controls, 19 caused turnovers, scored 100th career goal in win over UMF
All-Conference Second Team
Jaclyn Hartwell, Defense – 11 games (11 starts), 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 32 ground balls, 9 caused turnovers
Crystal Leavitt, Defense – 12 games (12 starts), 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points, 12 ground balls, 7 caused turnovers
BEST PERFORMER: Jennifer Day, Senior
Day once again put together a fantastic season for the Terriers in 2015, leading the team in goals (51), assists (19) and points (70) and set career-bests in assists and points. The senior also finished third in the conference in goals scored and total points, and was named to her second straight All-Conference First Team. The team captain scored in all 12 games and twice notched eight goals in a game as she will depart as the school's all-time leading goal scorer.
BEST BREAKOUT: Sophia LaVallee, Sophomore
LaVallee came on as a goal scorer and ball handler in her second season, as the sophomore forward notched career-highs with nine goals and eight assists for 17 points. LaVallee ranked second on the team in assists, fourth in points and fifth in goals, while registering an impressive 77.3 percent of her shots on goal.
BEST NEWCOMER: Samantha Greenlaw, Freshman
Greenlaw had a very good rookie campaign in 2015, starting all 12 games and finishing third on the team in goals (16) and points (19). The freshman midfielder also notched 11 ground balls, four caused turnovers and one draw control along with a 76.6 shots on goal percentage. Greenlaw earned the conference rookie of the week once on the season.
BEST GAME: 7-6 win over Colby-Sawyer on April 4, 2015
With both teams coming in with a 3-1 mark in conference, this was a critical game in determining what the final conference standings would look like. After falling behind 5-2 in the first half to the Chargers, the Terriers, Erin Nelligan scored a goal before the half to cut the deficit to two. Nelligan and Day each scored once in the first 10 minutes of the second half to tie the game up at 5-5.
Colby-Sawyer regained the lead with 18:33 remaining, but Premo scored the tying goal at 13:28 to set up Day's game-winner at 8:33 as the Terriers shut out the Chargers the rest of the way to earn the 7-6 victory.
OUTLOOK: It will be a different-looking Terrier team in 2015, as seniors Day, Premo, Hartwell, Toral Nelson and Claudine Clarke all depart. Thomas will be looking to make a fourth-straight trip to the conference finals in the spring of 2016.