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Monday, May 9, 2016
Madison Carter B10 Freshman Of Year
May 9, 2016
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Penn State women’s lacrosse attacker Madison Carter (Davidsonville, Md.) was recognized as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year on Monday afternoon by the conference coaches. Carter is the first Nittany Lion to earn a league freshman of the year honor.
Carter, who is having one of the best freshman seasons in school history, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week a season-high five times. The rookie out of Maryland has 40 goals, which is eighth in the conference.
Carter’s 2.35 goals per game is fourth overall in the nation among rookies and first among all freshmen playing in the NCAA Tournament. Her 40 goals are second best on the team only behind Tewaaraton Award nominee Madison Cyr (48).
Carter’s outstanding season has seen her score in 16 of Penn State’s 17 games this season, registering at least three goals on seven occasions. Carter has scored four goals on four occasions and notched a career-high six goals at James Madison (March 9), which earned her national and Big Ten player and freshman of the week honors.
Carter has a total of 44 points this season and 55 draw controls, which is second best on the Nittany Lion squad. A career-high nine draw controls vs. Northwestern on April 23 helped lead the Nittany Lions to a crucial 17-13 victory. Carter averaged 3.29 draws per game, which ranked fifth overall in the Big Ten.
The 11th-ranked Nittany Lions (11-6) earned an at-large bid to their 22nd NCAA Tournament, which begins Friday. The unseeded Nittany Lions will face Winthrop at 4 p.m. in Gainesville, Florida with the winner moving on to the NCAA Second Round against host and No. 2 Florida on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.).