Windsor first field hockey goalkeeper to earn CAC Player of the Year in league history

Windsor first field hockey goalkeeper to earn CAC Player of the Year in league history

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its end of year awards for field hockey on Friday and the No. 6 Salisbury University team had six players named to the list, including senior goalkeeper Tressie Windsor, who was named the league's Player of the Year.

Windsor's honor marks the 17th time that a Salisbury player has earned the award, and it marks the first time in the CAC's 27-year history that a goalkeeper has been named the league's Player of the Year.

Windsor has led the CAC and ranks fourth in the nation in save percentage, stopping 84 percent of the shots that headed her way this year. She is also second in the league and fifth nationally with a 0.75 goals-against average. In 2017 she has recorded six solo shutouts and has 20 for her career, which is eighth in program history. She was named to the All-CAC second team last season, and is a first-team pick in 2017.

Windsor is joined on the first team by junior Emily Lemanski, sophomores Jillian Hughes, Arielle Johnston, and Lindsey Elgin. Senior Natalie Wilkinson was named to the All-CAC second team.

Lemanski leads Salisbury with nine goals this year and stands sixth in the CAC in that category. Two of her scores have been game-winning goals, while her .176 shot percentage ranks fourth in the conference among players who have attempted at least 50 shots.

Hughes, a first-team pick and the league's Rookie of the Year last season, and Elgin have anchored the defensive line in front of Windsor this season, leading the Sea Gulls to third-best team goals-against average in the nation, with teams scoring just 0.73 goals per 70 minutes against Salisbury. Hughes has made a team-high four defensive saves this season, including two in the CAC championship game in overtime to extend the contest, while Elgin has made two defensive saves, including a stop in Salisbury's 2-1 win against then-No. 3 The College of New Jersey.

Johnston, a midfielder, makes her first All-CAC appearance, as she has been a force on both ends of the field. Johnston has scored four goals and added a team-high six assists this season. She is a key at the top of the circle on penalty corners and has scored two game-winning goals in 2017.

Wilkinson has scored seven times during her senior campaign and added four assists, as Salisbury's primary inserter on penalty corner chances.

The Sea Gulls begin play in the 2017 NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament on Saturday following a first-round bye. The Sea Gulls will take on No. 11 Trinity (Conn.) College in a second-round contest being played at Messiah College on Saturday, November 11.

To see the All-CAC selections in their entirety, click here.

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