Abbey Lake certainly made the most of her first season on the pitch with the Division-III Trinity College women's soccer team.

The Staples High almuna found her way into the lineup and recently earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors after leading the Bantams in scoring.

Lake, a forward, recorded nine goals and two assists as her team finished with a 5-8-1 overall record, and 3-7 in conference.

"To be named one of the best incoming players is obviously a huge honor," Lake said last Saturday. "Obviously I worked hard for it, so I'm glad that even though we didn't make it into the tournament--the NESCAC Tournament or the NCAA's--I still had something to show for this year."

Lake was named to the all-FCIAC first team in her senior season at Staples in 2011 and finished her high school career with over 100 points. She went to Trinity without any expectations of playing time, but settled into a significant role with the team early on because of injuries in the lineup.

"I didn't really know how much playing time I would get or didn't really have any expectations for this year," Lake said. "Obviously when I was given the opportunity to play so much, I wanted to make the best of it and work really hard every game.

"I was proud of what I did."

Lake said that she was surprised she received the rookie honor.

"I wasn't really sure what to expect," she said.; 203-255-4561 ext. 114;