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Rios, Murray, Crane selected to NEAC All-Conference Lacrosse Team

Rios, Murray, Crane selected to NEAC All-Conference Lacrosse Team

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2013 Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference selections, with first, second and third team honors being awarded by position to a total of 36 student-athletes, as selected by the conference coaches.

The NEAC has also announced its individual women’s lacrosse award winners.  Cazenovia College senior Alicia Priest (Warners, N.Y.) was selected as the NEAC Offensive Player of the Year after a phenomenal season for the Wildcats.  The attacker set the Wildcat program records for both points (106) and goals (95) in a season, while leading the conference in each of those categories as well.  She is also currently second in all of the NCAA Division III in goals per game (6.07) and trails the leader by just a 0.03 margin, while sitting in sixth nationally in points per game (6.73).  A team captain, Priest’s dominance led to four NEAC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week selections and two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week honors en route to guiding the Wildcats to a playoff spot in this year’s conference tournament.

Keuka College sophomore Ashley Swarts (Arkport, N.Y.) was named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year after her tremendous play for the Storm this season.  Swarts led a Storm defense that allowed just 90 goals on the season (6.43 goals against average), which was tops in the conference and 42 fewer than the second-leading squad.  The tenacious defender led Keuka with 21 caused turnovers, which was tied for the eighth-most in the NEAC, while also scooping up 32 groundballs on the year. Her play this season earned her a NEAC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week honor.

SUNY Institute of Technology freshman Laura Tolbert (Cicero, N.Y.) took home NEAC Rookie of the Year honors after a terrific season for the Wildcats.   The midfielder led SUNYIT in scoring with 50 goals on the season, which were the sixth-most in the conference and tops among all rookies.  She also compiled 26 groundballs, 20 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers while starting all 16 Wildcat contests on the season en route to leading SUNYIT to the playoffs in the program’s second season of existence.  

The NEAC Coach of the Year award went to Keuka College’s Kelly Lickert after she guided the Storm to the regular season championship with a perfect 9-0 record in conference play while going 11-3 overall.  Lickert’s balanced squad totaled the most overall points on the season (205 goals, 100 assists) amongst conference teams, while giving up the least amount of goals (90).  The Storm will now enter this weekend’s conference championship tournament as the host and top seed.

The All-Conference Selections are as follows:

 

Position

Name

Institution

Yr.

Hometown

 

 

All-Conference First Team

 

 

Attack

Maggie Bonafede

Keuka College

Jr.

Churchville, N.Y.

Attack

Alicia Priest

Cazenovia College

Sr.

Warners, N.Y.

Attack

Emily Brophy

Medaille College

So.

Rochester, N.Y.

Midfield

Shelby Wood

Morrisville State College

So.

Duanesburg, N.Y.

Midfield

Taylor Smith

Keuka College

Jr.

Webster, N.Y.

Midfield

Cassie Edmondson

Morrisville State College

Jr.

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Midfield

Denay O'Connor

Medaille College

Jr.

Rochester, N.Y.

Midfield

Kim Vrigian

Cazenovia College

Jr.

Clifton Park, N.Y.

Defense

Ashley Swarts

Keuka College

So.

Arkport, N.Y.

Defense

Abby Muraco

Morrisville State College

Jr.

Amherst, N.Y.

Defense

Mackenzie Berger

Medaille College

Fr.

Elma, N.Y.

Goalkeeper

Molly Hogan

Keuka College

Sr.

Horseheads, N.Y.

All-Conference Second Team

Attack

Whitney Heise

Lancaster Bible College

Jr.

Danville, Pa.

Attack

Jennifer Burt

Keuka College

So.

Penn Yan, N.Y.

Attack

Jessica Young

Morrisville State College

Sr.

Clifton Park, N.Y.

Midfield

Madeline Bass

Wells College

Sr.

Lemon Grove, Calif.

Midfield

Laura Tolbert

SUNY Institute of Technology

Fr.

Cicero, N.Y.

Midfield

Olivia Hudson

Keuka College

So.

Adams, N.Y.

Midfield

Nichole Hayes

Penn State Abington

So.

Warminster, Pa.

Midfield

Kaycee Maguire

Keuka College

So.

Potsdam, N.Y.

Defense

Caitlin Cottell

SUNY Institute of Technology

Sr.

Eatontown, N.J.

Defense

Nicole Rios

College of Saint Elizabeth

Jr.

Manalapan, N.J.

Defense

Nalia Bouley

Cazenovia College

Sr.

Endicott, N.Y.

Goalkeeper

Christina Marra

Cazenovia College

Sr.

Ballston Spa, N.Y.

All-Conference Third Team

Attack

Jenna Lashua

SUNY Institute of Technology

So.

Heuvelton, N.Y.

Attack

Jess Menard

Wilson College

Jr.

Fallbrook, Calif.

Attack

Katelyn Kelly

Penn State Abington

Fr.

Springfield, Pa.

Midfield

Amanda Bohne

SUNY Institute of Technology

Jr.

Clay, N.Y.

Midfield

Megan Carlin

Morrisville State College

So.

Pawling, N.Y.

Midfield

Meghan Murray

College of Saint Elizabeth

Sr.

Knowlton, N.J.

Midfield

Savannah Tucker

Wells College

So.

Rochester, N.Y.

Midfield

Cassidy Crane

College of Saint Elizabeth

Sr.

Byram, N.J.

Defense

Avery Winn

Penn State Abington

So.

Summit, N.J.

Defense

Jennel Paul

Morrisville State College

So.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Defense

Naomi Martin

Lancaster Bible College

Sr.

Manheim, Pa.

Goalkeeper

Brittany Lucas

Medaille College

Fr.

North Tonawanda, N.Y.