Tyler Phillips of Marblehead, who had an outstanding freshman season for the Skidmore college women’s lacrosse team, has been named the Liberty League Rookie of the Year and selected for First Team All-Conference honors.
“I was completely shocked to hear about both honors,” said Phillips. “At the same time I’m really excited. I never thought about getting either one, but they’re both special.”
Phillips led the Thoroughbreds in goals (39), assists (12), total points (51) and game-winning goals (3). She was second on the team in draw controls (34) and caused turnovers (20) while finishing third in ground balls (35).
The former Marblehead High standout also had some pretty impressive statistics in nine league games. She was eighth with 2.56 goals per game, ninth in points per game with 3.44, 14th in assists, sixth in shots per game with 6.11 and eighth in caused turnovers per game with 1.67.
Skidmore finished the season 6-10 overall and 5-4 in league play.
Phillips, who was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week three times this spring, was consistent from the beginning of the season until her final game, when she scored a career-high seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and three assists in a 14-13 victory over St. Lawrence. She also had 11 multi-point games, with points in 14 of the team’s 16 games (three against nationally-ranked teams).
The speedster with a laser shot had 4-goal games against Mount Hoyoke, Utica, Hamilton, Rochester, RIT, Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Phillips finished the season on a high note offensively with four in back-to-back games, including the game-winner in a 10-9 victory over Clarkson.
“Tyler’s scoring production speaks for itself,” said Skidmore head coach Elizabeth Ghilardi, “but the most special thing about her as just a freshman was she was always the first one back on defense and made a difference all over the field, whether she was scoring four goals a game or being face guarded by our opponent.