Nemeth tops Division II in goals per gameJune 28, 2016
BREVARD, N.C. – Monday’s email from the NCAA Media Coordination and Statistics Staff came with little pomp and circumstance. But the news it delivered signified a monumental achievement for Brevard’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year and the lacrosse program she is helping to build.
“This email is to notify you that Brevard College women’s lacrosse player, Caitlyn Nemeth, is the 2015-16 NCAA Division II statistical champion for Goals Per Game. Congratulations to Caitlyn and your institution on this accomplishment.”
Far from a surprise to those closely following the program, the official confirmation from Indianapolis cemented an accomplishment unmatched in Brevard history. Nemeth’s 4.47 goals per game marks the first time since Brevard attained full NCAA membership in 2008 that a student-athlete in any sport has finished a season as the Division II statistical champion.
“I think for a third-year program, this is massive,” said head coach Kristin Rosato. “To get Player of the Year in the South Atlantic Conference, break Brevard and conference records, and now have this award come in from Division II, it’s pretty unbelievable. This is pretty big by Caitlyn."
Competing in her sophomore season in 2016, Nemeth quickly etched her name into the Brevard and SAC record books. She was named the SAC Player of the Year and racked up three AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors. In the program’s third year of existence, she led the Tornados to a 9-6 regular season and a three-way tie for fourth in the conference standings.
Nemeth scored 67 goals to rank eighth in Division II and establish a new SAC record. She finished in the top 10 in the nation in five different offensive categories and scored at least four goals in 11 of the 15 games in which she played this season.
Nemeth’s national mark continues an interesting trend in the goals per game category. Since the statistic was first compiled in 1998, 12 winners have come from eight different Pennsylvania institutions, while one additional winner hailed from a Connecticut institution. All other goals per game leaders have come from schools located in the Carolinas, with Nemeth giving the South Atlantic Conference its first entry into the record book.