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Castleton Women’s Lacrosse Sweeps Final NAC Weekly Awards of 2018

Castleton Women’s Lacrosse Sweeps Final NAC Weekly Awards of 2018

WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton University swept the final North Atlantic Conference women's lacrosse weekly awards of the 2018 season, announced Tuesday by the league office.

Emily Cross, the MVP of the NAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament, received the first NAC Player of the Week award of her career. Samantha Hebb and Emma Best, two members of the NAC All-Tournament Team, were named Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the third weekly honor of the season for Hebb and the fifth weekly rookie award for Best this year.

Cross led the Spartans with six points on four goals and two assists in Saturday's 12-10 victory over Colby-Sawyer. All four goals came in the first half as Castleton established its lead. Her fourth goal of the game with 1:49 remaining in the first half was also the 100th goal of her career, the 13th Castleton player to accomplish that milestone. Her second assist of the game and 42nd assist of the year midway through the second half tied the Spartan single-season assist mark. 

Hebb made key saves throughout Saturday night's match, finishing with 14 saves, her second-highest total of the season, while allowing just 10 goals for a .583 save percentage, the third-best single-game mark for the junior in 2018. Eight of the keeper's saves came in the first half as she assisted in Castleton's ability to build a lead. Hebb is now third on Castleton's all-time saves list with 281, and her 131 saves in 2018 is the sixth-highest total in a single season in Spartan history.  

Best continued to impress as she netted two goals in the match against Colby-Sawyer. It was her seventh multiple-goal game out of the last nine contests. The rookie's first goal came just 2:13 into the match to give Castleton the lead for good. She scored Castleton's final goal of the game with 4:19 remaining in regulation to extend the Spartan lead back to three. Best also collected three ground balls and one draw control during the evening. For the season, Best continues to lead the Spartans with 64 ground balls, 78 draw controls, and 32 caused turnovers.   

With Saturday's victory, Castleton wrapped up its tenure in the North Atlantic Conference with a 70-0 record in regular season and tournament NAC games as well as eight conference championships, starting with the league's first women's lacrosse title in 2009. After rejoining the NAC in 2012, the Spartans won 65 straight NAC contests, seven consecutive regular season league titles, and seven straight conference tournament championships.

Castleton, 11-6 overall, will face Babson College in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament, Saturday, May 12, at Kohn Field on the campus of Middlebury College starting at 1 p.m.