Arcadia University women’s lacrosse head coach Erin Livingston was named MAC Freedom Coach of the Year and freshman attack Dawn Faranetta (Randolph, N.J.) was named MAC Freedom Rookie of Year by the MAC Freedom coaches today. Faranetta along with six of her teammates were named All-MAC Freedom.
Faranetta was also named to the All-MAC Freedom First Team along with Haylee Molloy (Holtsville, N.Y.), Meghan Fallon (Robbinsville, N.J.) and Johanna Castiblanco (Damascus, Md.). Katie Bauer (Downingtown, Pa.) and Jordyn Dunacusky (Conshohocken, Pa.) were named to the second team, while Jaclyn Feffer (Montgomery, N.Y.) was an honorable mention. The Knights’ seven selections was tied for the most as were their four first team selections.
Livingston adds this honor to her Field Hockey Coach of the Year Award, which she received in the fall. She has led the team to a 14-4 record and a spot in the team’s first-ever MAC Freedom Championship game. Arcadia is in the playoffs for the first time since 1999 and is playing in its first championship game since the PAC finals in 1997.
“It is a great accomplishment for our team to see so many players get honored by the conference,” said Livingston. “Dawn has worked hard all season and I have seen her mature as a player from the beginning of season until now. She is occasionally faced with some of the best defenders from opposing teams and still find ways to score.”
Faranetta has been one of the best attack players in the league all season. She has 64 and 15 assists for 79 points. She has scored one game-winning goal, has 21 ground balls and 15 draw controls. She is seventh in the MAC in goals per game, 10th in assists per game and eighth in points per game.
Molloy has led the Knights all season with 73 goals and 19 assists for 92 points. She is fourth in the MAC in goals per game, fifth in assists per game, fourth in points per game and first in game-winning goals with seven.
“Haylee has the ability to put the team on her back when we need her and pulls through in clutch situations, added Livingston. “Her drive and competitiveness is very admirable.”
Fallon has 48 goals and has 22 assists for 70 points. She has 28 draw controls and two game-winning goals. She is fourth in the MAC in assists per game and fifth in game-winning goals.
Castiblanco has been rock defensively and has scored four goals. She has 13 caused turnovers, four draw controls and 35 ground balls.
“I am most excited to see two seniors be honored by the conference for the first time,” commented Livingston. “Meg and Jo have put in four years of hard work and to receive first team honors as seniors is very gratifying. Their leadership has brought our team to where we are right now.”
Bauer has scored 10 goals and has an assist from her midfield position. She also has picked up 47 ground balls, forced 24 turnovers and earned nine draw controls. Dunacusky has played over 560 minutes in goals, making 72 saves for a goals against average of 8.94. She is 7-2 and has 72 saves, facing 218 shots. Feffer has 18 goals and an assist for 19 points. She also has 12 caused turnovers, 26 ground balls and 44 draw controls.