Maggie Malone Named America East Defender of the Year; Five Other Black Bears Honored
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- University of Maine women's soccer captain Maggie Malone (Halifax, Nova Scotia) was named the America East Defender of the Year on Wednesday when the All-Conference honors were announced. In addition, Lisa Bijman (Branford, Ontario), along with Malone, each earned spots on the America East First Team. Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec), Evé L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec), Arianne Leclerc (Quebec, Quebec) and Lauren Swant (Oakville, Ontario) all earned a spot on the America East Second Team. Leclerc was also named to the America East All-Rookie squad, while Bijman and L'Abbe were both named to the All-Academic team.
Malone becomes just the second player in Maine history to earn America East Defender of the Year honors, joining former Black Bear Linda Consolante Hathorn, who earned the honor twice. A two-year captain of the Black Bears, Malone has started all 17 games this season. She has three goals and one assist for seven points on the season. Malone assisted on the game-winning goal in Maine's season-opener against Holy Cross. She scored the game-winner against Central Connecticut State University. In addition, she had goals against UMass Lowell and Albany. Malone is also a key part of Maine's defense which has allowed just 16 goals in 17 games this season.
Bijman, also a captain of the Black Bears, was named to the America East First Team in addition to the America East All-Academic team. She has patrolled the midfield for the Black Bears this season starting all 17 games. Bijman is a kinesiology and physical education major pursuing minors in pre-med and chemistry.
Achille, the 2012 America East Rookie of the Year, earned a spot on the America East Second Team. She has four goals and one assist for nine points on the season. Achille has a pair of game-winning goals which is tied for the team-lead.
Evé L'Abbe also earned a spot on the America East Second Team. She leads Maine in scoring with four goals and three assists for 11 points. L'Abbe also has a pair of game-winning goals on the season. She scored the overtime game-winner against Holy Cross in the season-opener and also scored Maine's lone goal in a 1-0 victory at Hartford. L'Abbe, a biology major, also earned a spot on the America East All-Academic team.
Rookie Leclerc was one of just three freshmen in the conference to be named to an All-Conference team. She also represented Maine on the America East All-Rookie Team. Leclerc, who played in 16 games her rookie season, broke into the starting lineup at Virginia Commonwealth on Sept. 13 and started every game the rest of the season. She picked up her first collegiate point with an assist on Maine's lone goal at Vermont.
Swant also earned a spot on the America East Second Team. She posted a mark of 8-5-3 on the season with a 0.89 goals against average and a .795 save percentage. Swant recorded five shutouts on the season. She made a career-high nine saves in back-to-back games against Central Connecticut State and UConn in which she allowed just one goal in each game. She allowed one goal or less in 13 of her 16 games this season.
Maine returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 31 when it hosts Binghamton in the America East quarterfinals. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 PM from Alumni Field in Orono.