Allentown product named CAC Player of the Year
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.