Cumberland’s Eaton wraps up excellent career with RIC women’s lacrosse team

Cumberland’s Eaton wraps up excellent career with RIC women’s lacrosse team

Cumberland’s Julia Eaton became the Rhode Island College women’s lacrosse team’s all-time leader in saves with 765.
Goalie is Anchorwomen’s MVP, Little East Conference’s Defensive Player of Year

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College senior goalkeeper Julia Eaton and sophomore attack Giana Ritchie, who hail from Cumberland, were recognized by the Little East Conference for their superb performances during this past women’s lacrosse season.

Eaton, who was recently named the team’s MVP during Rhode Island College’s spring sports banquet at the Quonset Point Officer’s Club, was named the LEC Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a First-Team All-LEC selection.

The 2015 graduate of Cumberland High started in all 14 of the Anchorwomen’s games and posted a 6-8 record with a 12.36 goals-against-average, 202 saves, and a .539 save percentage. RIC’s six victories this season was the program’s highest total in five years.

She led the LEC in both saves and save percentage, while ranking fourth in wins. She also ranked fourth in the nation in saves and saves per game (14.43), and was eighth in save percentage.

Eaton is the first-ever RIC player to be selected the LEC’s Defensive Player of the Year. She played every minute of every game over the past four seasons in goal for the team, and leaves RIC as the school’s all-time leader in saves with 765.

Ritchie, who graduated from CHS in 2017, was named among the Second-Team All-Little East selections, as she started in all 14 games and tallied 38 goals and eight assists for 46 points.

She also added 29 ground balls, 59 draw controls, and nine caused turnovers. She ranked sixth in the LEC in draw controls, ninth in shots (96), 11th in goals, and 16th in points.