MEDFORD – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team received Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Co-Coach of the Year as the Jumbos dominated the release of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams on Thursday.
Senior Dakota Adamec was named NESCAC Player of the Year for the second straight season and was also a first team pick. Senior Hedy Veith earned Defensive Player of the Year honors and a first team selection. Colette Smith received Rookie of the Year and Jumbo leader Courtney Shute garnered Co-Coach of the Year. Junior attack Emily Games and senior midfielder Annie Sullivan are also both on the All-Conference second team.
Also a first team selection last season, Adamec has 40 goals and seven assists for 47 points in 16 games this spring. She scored eight times in a win over Wesleyan and had 28 goals and all seven of her assists in the 10 NESCAC games. Veith leads Tufts with 19 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers on a team allowing barely eight goals per game. Tufts' first Defensive Player of the Year since Emily Wright in 2015, Veith was an All-League second-teamer last spring.
Games' 44 goals lead Tufts and are fifth in NESCAC for 2019, as are her 58 points. Her 20 free-position goals, including an overtime game-winner against Bowdoin, also lead the conference. Sullivan is a do-everything player who has scored 23 goals with five assists for 28 points. She had 15 goals and 15 draw controls in the 10 NESCAC games. Games was a NESCAC first-teamer in 2017 and Sullivan is on the conference's second team for the second straight season.
Smith, Tufts' first Rookie of the Year since Games won the honor in 2017, is 12th in NESCAC with 37 goals despite missing five games. She scored five times in conference games against Hamilton, Colby, Connecticut College and Williams and is second on the team with 14 assists.
Shute shares the Coach of the Year honor with Middlebury's Kate Livesay. Under Coach Shute, the Jumbos are 15-1 and earned the #2 seed in NESCAC this spring. Their only loss was 10-9 in overtime at conference #1 seed Middlebury College. Tufts won its first 13 games of the season and is ranked fifth in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll. This is Shute's first Coach of the Year award.
Tufts is one of five teams in NESCAC with four players on the All-Conference first and second teams.