Ronaghan Named 2013-14 Little East Rookie of the Year

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth freshman Megan Ronaghan (North Attleboro, Mass.) was chosen as the 2013-14 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year this afternoon, when the conference office announced its annual women's basketball awards program. Senior Erika Bornemann (Canton, Mass.) joined Ronaghan on the All-Little East, first-team.

In addition to the major awards program, the Little East Conference sponsored a six-member first-team and a five-player second-team. The eight coaches also selected a five-member All-Defensive and Rookie Team.  Junior Kelsey Garrity (Somerville, Mass.) represented the Corsairs on the second-team, while freshman Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) accompanied Ronaghan on the All-Rookie Team.

Ronaghan is the second Corsair in program history to receive the top rookie award, joining current teammate Erika Bornemann (2011). The native of North Attleboro, Mass. also made her first appearance on the All-Little East, first-team. She was selected to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and 8 rebounds in a pair of non-conference games against Salve Regina and Bridgewater State.

Ronaghan led all first-year student-athletes in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (6.2), while ranking among the conference leaders in field goal percentage (4th, 47.7), free throw percentage (4th, 82.3), and blocked shots per game (4th, 1.3). She had a major impact on the top-ranked UMass Dartmouth offensive attack, ranking second on the team in points per game. A starter in 24 of her 25 contests, Ronaghan reached double figures in scoring 19 times, while registering at least 20 points five times. She poured in a season-high 28 points against Castleton State and Western Connecticut. A consistent threat in the paint, Ronaghan posted three double-doubles as a rookie, most recently against Keene State in the regular-season finale with 17 points and 11 rebounds. She pulled in a season-high 16 boards against Little East leader Rhode Island College on Feb. 18, 2014. Ronaghan completed her first season in a Corsair uniform with 359 points, 162 rebounds, 33 assists, 33 blocks, and 25 steals.

Bornemann is making her debut on the All-Little East, first-team after earning second-team honors the past two seasons.  The product of Canton, Mass. became the seventh Corsair women's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point club against Salve Regina on Nov. 26, 2013.  She led the conference in blocked shots per game (2.5), while ranking among the leaders in scoring (2nd, 14.8 ppg), rebounding (4th, 8.8 rpg), and 3-point field goals made (5th, 1.5).  Bornemann was the primary scoring option on the Little East's No. 1 ranked scoring offense with 356 total points.  A starter in 21 of her 24 appearances, she scored at least 10 points in 20 games, including four contests with at least 20 points.  Bornemann netted a season-high 24 points twice this past winter, most recently in a victory against Little East rival Southern Maine.  She was an unconventional post player, displaying the ability to consistently connect from behind the 3-point arc (30.6 percent).  Bornemann produced seven double-doubles, including three consecutive games between Nov. 19 and Nov. 26, 2013.  The 2011 Little East Rookie of the Year hauled in a season-best 18 boards at Framingham State on Jan. 23, 2014.  She controlled the defensive paint for UMass Dartmouth with a total of 59 blocks and 17 steals.  Bornemann redirected a season-high eight UMass Boston attempts on Feb. 11, 2014.

A starter in 94 of her 98 career games, Bornemann helped the Corsairs post an overall record of 58-48 and a 54.7 winning percentage during her tenure.  Last season, UMass Dartmouth recorded the program's first 20-win season and advanced to the 2013 Little East Women's Basketball Championship Game at Southern Maine.  She will be widely regarded as one of the top offensive players to wear a UMass Dartmouth women's basketball uniform with 1,272 points, 901 rebounds, and 82 career assists. Defensively, Bornemann produced 179 blocks and 57 career steals.   

Garrity is making her first appearance on the All-Little East teams, garnering second-team accolades.  The junior point guard from Somerville, Mass. was also voted to the All-Defensive Team.  Garrity piloted the conference's top-ranked scoring offense by leading the Little East in assists per game (4.5) and ranking second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6).  She ranked among the conference leaders in free throw percentage (11th, 70.9), scoring (11th, 10.8 ppg), and field goal percentage (14th, 40.0). Garrity, a starter in 22 of her 24 games, handed out at least five assists 10 times this season.  She nearly recorded a double-double with 15 points and a season-high nine helpers against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 14, 2014.  Garrity reached double digits in scoring 13 times, including three 20-plus point performances.  She matched her season-high with 21 points, on 6-for-11 from the field, at Curry College on Feb. 6, 2014.  Garrity hauled in eight rebounds three times during the 2013-14 campaign, most recently at the Warriors on Feb. 15, 2014.  

Garrity, a starter in 75 of her 77 career games, has penned 788 points and 357 rebounds into her ledger.  She has dished out at least 100 assists in two of her three seasons, including a career-best 134 helpers in 2013.  A ball-hawk, Garrity has registered 155 steals and 42 blocks over the past three campaigns.

Brown capped off her first season in a Corsair uniform by earning All-Rookie team honors.  The freshman from Fairhaven, Mass. was third among all conference rookies in scoring and 18th overall with 9.1 points per game.  She also ranked among the Little East leaders in steals (2nd, 2.1 spg), 3-point field goals made (6th, 1.5), 3-point percentage (8th, 30.8), and assists (11th, 2.5 apg). A starter in 15 of 26 games, Brown scored a toal of 236 points, pulled in 78 rebounds, handed out 66 assists, and logged 54 steals.  She reached double figures in scoring 10 times, including a season-high 17 points against Western Connecticut on Feb. 1, 2014.  Brown shot 34.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc, connecting on 40 of her 130 attempts.  She drained a season-best four 3-pointers against Keene State on Jan. 18, 2014.  Brown recorded a season-high nine rebounds at Eastern Connecticut (Feb. 15), while dishing out a season-best six assists against Southern Maine (Feb. 8).  She was credited with five steals twice this past winter, most recently against Rhode Island College on Feb. 18.

Formed in 1986, the Little East Conference serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East Conference sponsors quality competition in every season for our student-athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, citizenship. 

2013-14 Little East Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams
First Team
Vandell Andrade Sophomore Forward Rhode Island College
Erika Bornemann Senior Forward University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Erin McNamara Senior Guard University of Southern Maine
Olivia Murphy Sophomore Forward University of Massachusetts Boston
Jill Ritrosky Sophomore Forward Eastern Connecticut State University
Megan Ronaghan Freshman Forward University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Second Team
Sciarra Brandt Senior Forward Western Connecticut State University
Caroline Brasa Junior Guard Western Connecticut State University
Kelsey Garrity Junior Guard University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Jordyn Nappi Freshman Guard Eastern Connecticut State University
Stephanie Prusko Senior Guard Rhode Island College
All-Defensive Team
Vandell Andrade Sophomore Forward Rhode Island College
Erika Bornemann Senior Forward University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Kelsey Garrity Junior Guard University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Taylor McBride Junior Guard Eastern Connecticut State University
Jill Ritrosky Sophomore Forward Eastern Connecticut State University
All-Rookie Team
Ashley Brown Freshman Guard University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Colleen Cosker Freshman Guard Western Connecticut State University
Alex Moore Freshman Guard Rhode Island College
Jordyn Nappi Freshman Guard Eastern Connecticut State University
Megan Ronaghan Freshman Forward University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Player of the Year
Vandell Andrade, Rhode Island College
Defensive Player of the Year
Vandell Andrade, Rhode Island College
Rookie of the Year
Megan Ronaghan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Coach of the Year
Kara Williamson, Rhode Island College