Crook, Pistel on Synapse Sports All-American team

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 26, 2011
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Lexi Crook (Charlie Spatz Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College senior Lexi Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) and sophomore Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) each earned their first All-American honors after being named to teams by Synapse Sports (formerly Thursday.

Crook was named to the second team and Pistel was selected to the third team. Colby teammate Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Crook, Pistel, and McKenna had previously earned Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region First Team honors, while Crook and Pistel were on the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference First Team and McKenna made the second team. The IWLCA All-American selections will be announced soon.

Crook, part of a senior class which made four straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and four trips in a row to the NESCAC title game (winning twice), had 125 groundballs, 85 draw controls, and 72 caused turnovers in her career. She led the Mules this year in groundballs (43), was tied for first in caused turnovers (19), and had 24 draw controls. Crook was recently honored with Colby's Millett Award for contributing the most to Colby Athletics in her four years.

Pistel continued to show her all-around skills in her second year at Colby with 27 goals, 14 assists, 33 groundballs, 28 draw controls, and tying for a team-high 19 caused turnovers. She has 55 goals, 18 assists, 65 groundballs, 59 draw controls, and 44 caused turnovers in two years. Pistel was on the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team a year ago.

McKenna ranks among the top first-year performances in team history this year. She led the Mules in scoring with 43 goals and had four assists for 47 points and had 30 of her 43 goals against NESCAC opponents. She also finished with 23 groundballs, 19 draw controls, and nine caused turnovers. McKenna was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. All-American and Rookie Teams

Goalie of the Year: Mary Waller, College of New Jersey; Defender of the Year: Becky Lutz, Gettysburg; Midfielder of the Year: Lindsay Abbott, Cortland; Attacker of the Year: Alison Jaeger, College of New Jersey; Rookie of the Year: Diana D'Achille, Marywood; Unsung Hero of the Year: Katie Herter, Bowdoin; Coach of the Year: P.J. Soteraides, Denison

First Team: Lindsay Abbott, Cortland; Sarah Bray, Hamilton; Liz Bruno, Trinity; Sarah Cullinan, Elizabethtown; Alison Jaeger, College of New Jersey; Becky Lutz, Gettysburg; Leigh Mitchell, College of New Jersey; Kathleen Notos, College of New Jersey; Ingrid Oeschlager, Bowdoin; Meg Pengue, Hamilton; Rachel Romanowsky, Trinity; Sally Ryan, Middlebury; Mary Swarthout, Catholic; Gina Valles, Roanoke; Mary Waller, College of New Jersey

Second Team: Anne Brockmeyer, Franklin & Marshall; Kate Cox, Stevens; Lexi Crook, Colby; Maria DiFato, Cortland; Trish DiGirolomo, Salisbury; Josie Ferri, Haverford; Liz Filoueras, Salisbury; Rachel Friedman, Hamilton; Kara Geiman, Messiah; Catherine Kennedy, Mary Washington; Lara Kozin, Tufts; Megan Leonhard, Trinity; Emmy Matthews, Washington & Lee;  Cat Serpe, Franklin & Marshall; Christine Smith, Stevens; Christina Tran, Lynchburg

Third Team: Liza Beckler, Trinity; Kendyl Clarkson, Buffalo State; Liz Clegg, Bowdoin; Rachel Coyle, Messiah; Sarah Dick, Claremont Mudd Scripps; Rachel Dicksen, Messiah; Ashley Hansbury, Curry; Melissa Leonhard, St. John Fisher; Michelle Lubrano, Rowan; Lily Nguyen, Middlebury; Jensen Paterson, Allegheny; Steph Perez, Tufts; Kate Pistel, Colby; Marta Randall, Amherst; Katie Stewart, Bowdoin; Shelby Vakiener, RIT

All-Rookie Team:  Lindsay Barrie, Rowan; Caroline Buonocore, Geneseo; Ashley Cook, Cortland; Diana D'Achille, Marywood; Kelsey Daniels, Western New England; Erin Janzekovich, Gwynedd Mercy; Lizzy Keeney, Messiah; Jackie Kelly, Southern Maine; Kelsey Markiewicz, Gettysburg; Lindsey McKenna, Colby; Lindsey Miller, Elizabethtown; Molly Paduda, Bowdoin; Lauren Pigott, College of New Jersey; Samantha Sisson, Shenandoah; Brett Whelan, Dickinson

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