Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College women's lacrosse assistant coach Katy Dissinger (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) became the latest member of the 2012 NCAA Division III Champion Bantams to be recognized nationally for her efforts last spring, receiving the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Division III Assistant Coach of the Year award at the organization's annual banquet. Head Coach Kate Livesay (6th Season), who was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year for the fourth time and the third year in a row, was also recognized at the IWLCA Honors Banquet as the Division III Regional and National Coach of the Year.
"Katy was monumental to our success last spring, as she kept the program moving forward in my absence in the fall, while on maternity leave," said Livesay about Dissinger. "Katy has set a tremendous example for our players, through her passion for the game, her devotion to the team and her respect for the players and coaches with whom she interacts. She is incredibly deserving of this honor."
The Trinity coaches received these distinguished awards following a banner post-season awards season for the Bantam players, as 2012 senior co-captain midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) was selected as both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and Synapse Sports womenslacrosse.com Division III Women's Lacrosse Midfielder of the Year, and senior co-captain defender Liza Beckler (Potomac, Md.) was named the IWLCA Division III National Defender of the Year. The pair also joined junior midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) on both the Synapse Sports Division III All-American First Team and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-American First Team. Bantam senior attacker Caite Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) graced the Synapse Sports All-American Second Team, and Bantam junior attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) made the Synapse Sports All-American Third Team.
Bruno was also chosen unanimously as the 2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, and joined Beckler and Leonhard on the All-NESCAC First Team, while Irvine and junior defender Mallory Hinman (Longmeadow, Mass.) were each named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. All six also graced the IWLCA All-Berkshire Region First Team, while Beckler, Bruno, and Irvine were selected for and played in the IWLCA North/South All-Star Game on June 16 at the United States Training Center in Downington, Pa.
Trinity defeated previously-undefeated Salisbury, 8-7, on May 20 to complete the greatest season in the program's history with its first NCAA Division III Championship title. The Bantams set a new College record for wins in a season with 21 this spring against just one loss, and qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the sixth straight season and the eighth time overall with a 9-1 league mark that gave the Bantams the top seed in the league tourney for the third straight time. Trinity downed Bates, 15-4, Hamilton, 9-8, in overtime, and Middlebury, 11-10, on a last-second goal in the NESCAC Tournament to capture its first league crown, qualifying for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the eighth time and the third year in a row. The Bantams defeated Bridgewater State, 16-1, Buffalo State, 17-6, Colby, 7-5, and Cortland State, 7-5, to advance to the NCAA title game.
Livesay, also the 2007, 2010, and 2011 NESCAC Coach of the Year, completed her sixth season as the Trinity women's lacrosse coach, and has racked up a 87-22 (.759) record in her career. Livesay has led Trinity to the NESCAC Championship Tournament in all six springs, NESCAC titles the last two years, and the NCAA Championship Tournament in five of the six years. A Middlebury, Vt. native, she is an alum and a former star field hockey and lacrosse player at Middlebury College.
Dissinger joined the Trinity athletics staff in the summer of 2011 as an assistant field hockey and assistant women's lacrosse coach, after starring for the Bowdoin College lacrosse team from 2008 to 2011. Dissinger was a two-time All-Regional honoree and a captain as a senior for the Polar Bear lacrosse team that reached the NCAA Final Four.
Bruno is a four-time member of both All-American teams, the All-NESCAC Team, and the IWLCA All-Regional teams, a three-time All- ECAC selection, and a 2009 Synapse Sports National All-Rookie selection. She started every game this season and played several roles in the midfield, totaling 27 goals and a team-high 30 assists (1.36 per game, 4th in NESCAC) for 57 points (2nd on team), team-highs of 55 caused turnovers (13th in nation) and 61 ground balls, and 51 draw controls (2nd on team). Bruno, who played mostly defense in her freshman season before switching to the midfield in 2010, was chosen as the NESCAC Player of the Week and selected to the Synapse Sports National Honor Roll once each this spring. In her fantastic career, Bruno totaled 63 goals and 40 assists for 103 points on 168 shots to go with a College-record 213 ground balls, 133 draw controls, and a College-record 194 caused turnovers in 74 games. An alum of the Brooks School, Bruno graduated from Trinity this spring. She is the daughter of Kristen and Joseph Bruno.
Beckler, a two-time All-American, All-ECAC, All-Regional, and All-NESCAC honoree, had 36 grounders, 26 caused turnovers, and 16 draw controls while starting all 22 games in her third season as a starter. She led the Bantam defense to a No. 9 national ranking in scoring at 7.09 goals allowed per game (2nd in NESCAC), limiting opposing offenses to 102 total less shots than the Bantams. In her fine career, Beckler had 102 ground balls, 35 draw controls, 73 caused turnovers, and one assist in 65 games. An alum of the Stone Ridge School, Beckler graduated from Trinity this spring. She is the daughter of Martha and Richard Beckler.
Leonhard, a two-time All-American, All-ECAC, All-Regional, and All-NESCAC honoree and a Synapse Sports National All-Rookie selection in 2010, started all 22 games in the midfield and finished with a 46 goals (T2nd on team) and six assists for 52 points (3rd on team), a College-record 53 draw controls, 49 ground balls (2nd on team) and 27 caused turnovers (3rd on team) in her second season as a starter. A graduate and an all-league player at St. George's School in Rhode Island, she is the daughter of Kelli and Mark Leonhard.
Irvine, a four-time All-NESCAC and all-regional selection, a 2010 All-American, and a member of the 2008 Synapse Sports National All-Rookie Team, started every game this spring and totaled 46 goals (T2nd on team) and five assists for 51 points, a team-high 12 free-position goals, 16 ground balls, and 26 draw controls. In her tremendous career, Irvine totaled 179 goals (2nd all-time at Trinity) and 27 assists for 206 points (5th all-time at Trinity) on 367 shots to go with 77 ground balls, and 90 draw controls, in 73 games. An alum of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, Irvine graduated from Trinity this spring. She is the daughter of Maryellen and Bill Irvine.
Duncan, an all-regional selection in 2011, played in and started all 22 games season and finished with a team-high 57 goals (2.59 per game, 4th in NESCAC), including nine game-winners, and five assists for a team-high 62 points on a team-high 118 shots. Duncan, who also plays field hockey for the Bantams, was chosen as the NESCAC Player of the Week and selected to the Synapse Sports National Honor Roll once each this spring. A graduate of the School of the Holy Child, she is the daughter of Chris and Peter Duncan. Hinman started every game on defense in 2012 and finished with 42 ground balls (3rd on team) and 30 caused turnovers (2nd on team). A graduate of Longmeadow High School, she is the daughter of Kate and Rick Hinman.