Al­len­town prod­uct named CAC Player of the Year

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Joe O’Gor­man jo­gor­man@tren­to­ @j_o­gor­man819 on Twit­ter

Get­ting a ground ball, stop a rush or caus­ing a turnover might not have the same glam­our as scor­ing a goal, mak­ing a per­fect pass for even a goal­tender mak­ing a great save.

But, what Kirsten Lit­tle­field has done at Mary Washington cer­tainly did not get over­looked as the for­mer Al­len­town High star was named the Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Player of the Year.

“I was very sur­prised,’’ said Lit­tle­field. “The Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence is one of the strong­est con­fer­ences in the na­tion with ex­tremely skilled play­ers on both at­tack and de­fense. To be se­lected from such a skilled group of ath­letes is an honor and was ex­tremely un­ex­pected. Be­ing a de­fen­sive player, it’s harder to have a no­tice­able in­flu­ence on the field be­cause it’s the at­tack­ers that di­rectly in­flu­ence the score­board. As a re­sult I was very ex­cited that they took no­tice of a less showy, but equally im­por­tant position.’’

Play­ing at Al­len­town and win­ning a sec­tional cham­pi­onship gave Lit­tle­field a good foun­da­tion that al­lowed her to ex­cel at the col­le­giate level.

And she’s still do­ing it as Mary Wash­ing- ton, which set a record for wins this sea­son, has ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment and will meet de­fend­ing na­tional champion Get­tys­burg this week­end.

“One of the keys for us in the tour­na­ment is treat­ing the NCAA’s like a new sea­son,” said Lit­tle­field, who was named All-Amer­ica in 2017. “This men­tal­ity has en­abled us to view Mount Union as our first game and put our pre­vi­ous less to Get­tys­burg in the past. As a re­sult we are en­ter­ing this game (with Get­tys­burg) 1-0 on the sea­son and look­ing for­ward to fac­ing our next op­po­nent.’’

Lit­tle­field’s num­bers are stag­ger­ing. She has 80 draw con­trols, 43 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers.

A se­nior bi­ol­ogy ma­jor Lit­tle­field plans to mix busi­ness with plea­sure af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

She will be pre­sent­ing her re­search from the past year and a half to the Vir­ginia Academy of Sci­ence 2018 meet­ing and work on grad school ap­pli­ca­tions. Lit­tle­field will be join­ing the ros­ter of the D3 Elite that will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Prague Cup in June.

Her work in the sciences has Lit­tle­field on a great hu­man­i­tar­ian track, and just like the great work on the lacrosse field, she de­serves to be no­ticed and hon­ored. The stolen bases and dou­bles are sin­gle-sea­son records at Goldey-Bea­com.

While it was a great three days for the Galazin fam­ily it ap­pears Jamie gets the brag­ging rights.

Tyler has some­thing to say, too, as his Lib­erty team is headed to the NCA A’s.

Kirsten Lit­tle­field

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