Anderson nabs 2017 NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year honors for second straight year

Anderson nabs 2017 NEAC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year honors for second straight year

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office announced its major award winners in women's lacrosse Wednesday, and for a second time in as many seasons, Morrisville State College senior defender, Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) was selected as the 2017 NEAC Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by coaches across the conference.

Anderson has been a defensive mainstay for the Mustangs throughout the season, collecting a team high 71 ground balls and caused a team high 63 turnovers across 16 games.

The senior posted a single game high 10 ground balls in the win over Medaille, and another season best 11 caused turnovers in the defeat of Cazenovia. She also contributed offensively to the Mustangs success, netting 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists.

She currently ranks second overall in the NEAC in ground balls, and is first in caused turnovers, also ranking third overall in all of Division III in caused turnovers per game.

The three-time NEAC Defensive Player of the Week selection this season is also a two-time First Team All-Conference honoree.

A graduate of Unadilla Valley High, Anderson also exceled on the basketball court for the Mustangs, finishing her career as the all-time leader in seven different statistical categories, including the all-time leading scorer.

She was the first player to net 1,000 points on the court, and is the first student-athlete to collect first team All-Conference honors in two sports as both a junior and senior.

The senior is slated to earn her degree in human performance and health promotion this weekend. She is the daughter of Wendy and Steve Anderson of West Edmeston.

Morrisville State will make their fifth straight appearance in the NEAC Championship Tournament Saturday as the second seed at Penn State Abington, facing third seeded Medaille College in the semifinal round.

Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.

The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit