Hinman And Leonhard Garner National Position Awards For Trinity Women's Lacrosse
Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College senior tri-captain defender Mallory Hinman (Longmeadow, Mass.) was selected as the Synapse Sports Division III National Defender of the Year, and senior tri-captain midfielder Megan Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) was named as both the Synapse Sports and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) National Midfielder of the Year. The pair and senior attacker Kaitlin Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) were each named to both the 2013 IWLCA Division III All-American First Team and the Synapse Sports All-American First Team, while senior attacker Hadley Duncan (Rye, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Caroline Hayes (Greenland, N.H.) each graced both All-American Third Teams. Leonhard was also selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Offensive Player of the Year, joined Hildebrand and senior defender Hillary McNamara (Milton, Mass.) on the All-NESCAC First Team, and joined McNamara on the All-ECAC Division III New England Team. Duncan, Hinman, and junior defender Lyndsey Shepard (Hamilton, Mass.) graced the All-NESCAC Second Team, and Duncan, Hayes, Hildebrand, Hinman, Leonhard, and McNamara were also named to the IWLCA All-Berkshire Region First Team. Leonhard added the Trinity Club of Hartford Award, which she received at the College's annual senior athlete awards banquet, as Trinity's top senior female athlete, and Hinman earned a Bartlett Award at the same event for her combined excellence on the field and commitment to campus and/or community service. Hildebrand, Hinman, and Leonhard played in the IWLCA Division III North/South All-Star Game at Cabrini College.
Trinity, coached by Kate Livesay (7th Season), posted a 21-1 record in 2013, opening the season with 21 consecutive victories including a third straight NESCAC title and a second consecutive NCAA Division III Regional Championship crown before falling, 12-5, to Salisbury in the NCAA Finals. The 2012 NCAA Champion Bantams were ranked No. 1 in the nation every week of the year entering the NCAA Final Four and set a new College record with a 29-game winning streak from 2012 to 2013. Livesay, a four-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, was honored as both the IWLCA Division III Berkshire Region Coach of the Year and the Trinity Athletic Department Coach of the Year at the end-of-year banquet.
Hinman, an All-NESCAC and all-regional selection in 2012, started every game on defense in 2012 and finished with 35 ground balls (3rd on team) and 27 caused turnovers (3rd on team). In her outstanding career, Hinman scored one goal and totaled 115 ground balls and 92 caused turnovers in 79 games, finishing eighth on the College's all-time list in both ground balls and caused turnovers. An alum of Longmeadow High School, Hinman graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in biology. She is the daughter of Kate and Rick Hinman.
Leonhard, a three-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 team-highs of 46 goals, a College-record 66 draw controls, and 37 caused turnovers to go with four assists, 50 points (2nd on team), and 39 ground balls (T2nd on team) in 22 games (all starts). In her outstanding career, Leonhard scored 178 goals (3rd all-time at Trinity) with 22 assists for 200 points (9th all-time at Trinity) and totaled 186 ground balls (2nd all-time at Trinity), a College-record 191 draw controls, and 100 caused turnovers in 82 games. An alum of St. George's School in Rhode Island, Leonhard graduated from Trinity this spring with a degree in American Studies. She is the daughter of Kelli and Mark Leonhard.
Hildebrand paced Trinity in scoring this spring with 58 points on 37 goals (2nd on team) and a team-high 21 assists, including a team-high five game-winning tallies in 20 games and 17 starts. A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Hildebrand completed her excellent career with 88 goals and 36 assists for 124 points in 70 games. An alum of Conestoga High School, Hildebrand graduated from Trinity this spring with a degree in economics. She is the daughter of Kim and John Hildebrand.
Duncan, a 2012 All-American Third Teamer and a three-time, all-regional selection, played in and started all 22 games season and finished with 37 goals (T2nd on team) and six assists for 43 points on a team-high 91 shots to go with 19 ground balls. Duncan, also an All-American field hockey player for the Bantams, closed her excellent career with 131 goals (T10th all-time at Trinity) and 14 assists for 145 points in 75 games. An alum of the School of the Holy Child, Duncan graduated from Trinity this spring with a degree in art history. She is the daughter of Chris and Peter Duncan.
Hayes totaled 31 goals and 15 assists (T3rd on team) for 46 points and added team-highs of 13 free-position goals and 48 ground balls to go with 49 draw controls (2nd on team), and 23 caused turnovers in 22 games (22 starts) this spring. Also a NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Hayes is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. She is the daughter of Julie and Christopher Hayes.
McNamara started every game and recorded 39 ground balls (T2nd on team), 17 draw controls, and 32 caused turnovers (2nd on team) in 2013. Also a captain of the Bantam women's ice hockey squad, McNamara totaled six goals and five assists to go with 90 ground balls and 50 caused turnovers in 67 games in her fine lacrosse career while filling in at all field positions throughout her four years. She was a two-year member of both the NESCAC Spring and Winter All-Academic Teams. An alum of Milton Academy, McNamara graduated from Trinity this spring with a degree in biology. She is the daughter of Marianne and Wayne McNamara.
Shepherd had 28 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers in 21 games (20 starts) this spring. Also a field hockey player for the Bantams, Shepherd is a two-year member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team for both the spring and fall seasons. A graduate of the Pingree School, Shepherd is majoring in psychology at Trinity. She is the daughter of Whitney and Peter Shepard.
Livesay, the 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012 NESCAC Coach of the Year, completed her seventh season as the Trinity women's lacrosse coach, and has racked up a 108-23 (.824) record in her career. Livesay has led Trinity to the NESCAC Championship Tournament in all seven springs, NESCAC titles the last three years, and the NCAA Championship Tournament in six of the six years. She was honored as the IWLCA Regional and National Coach of the Year in 2012. A Middlebury, Vt. native, she is an alum and a former star field hockey and lacrosse player at Middlebury College.