Newport News, Va. – Four different schools took home major awards as the Atlantic 10 Conference announced its yearly women’s lacrosse awards on Thursday afternoon.
UMass’ Katie Ferris collected her third consecutive Offensive Player of the Year award, while Duquesne’s Amanda Kidder won Midfielder of the Year for the second straight season. Richmond defender Taylor Blazer was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, while La Salle's Toni Massetti was tabbed as Rookie of the Year and the Explorer’s Candace Taglianetti Bossel was honored for the second time as A-10 Coach of the Year.
Ferris enters this weekend’s A-10 Championship as the conference leader and ranked 10th nationally in points with 76. Her 40 goals are fourth-best in the A-10, while her 36 assists is good for second in the league rankings. Three of Ferris’ scores have proved to be game-winning goals. A Preseason All-American and Tewarraton Watch List member, Ferris currently ranks 17th in NCAA history with 321 career points.
Kidder has 56 goals this season for Duquesne which ranks second among her A-10 peers. Kidder has also dished out 19 assists which puts her just behind Ferris for the league lead in points with 75. On the defensive side of the ball, Kidder has recorded an A-10 best 42 caused turnovers, while picking up 44 groundballs so far this season.
Blazer is currently the conference leader in draw controls with 58. Blazer also leads the team and ranks third in the A-10 with 25 caused turnovers. Her 43 ground balls are tops on the team and third in the A-10. Blazer anchors a defense that allowed fewer than seven goals per conference game.
Despite missing the final two regular season games due to injury, Massetti leads all A-10 freshmen with 24 goals. A three-time Rookie of the Week, Massetti ranks second among A-10 freshman with 28 points. For the season, Massetti had four hat tricks and grabbed 19 groundballs.
Taglianetti Bossel picks up her second A-10 Coach of the Year award after the Explorers set a new program win mark with 11 in their defeat of George Mason in the regular season finale. They also matched their best-ever Atlantic 10 record at 5-2.
La Salle earned the third seed and will be making its first appearance in the A-10 Championship since 2010 when it takes the field against Richmond at 1:00 p.m. on Friday in the first semifinal. Top-seed UMass and Duquesne will face off at 3:30 p.m. in the other semi. The winners advance to Sunday’s final at 1:00 p.m. All three games will be played at the Spiders’ Robins Stadium.