Six women's lacrosse players honored

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 21, 2009
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Heather Nickerson is one of six players to earn all-region honors.

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women’s lacrosse team had five players on the first team and one second team selection for the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Regional Team.

Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.), Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.), Heather Nickerson (Falmouth, Mass.), Caroline Duke (Englewood, Colo.), and Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) were on the Pilgrim Region first team. Kathleen Kramer (Norwell, Mass.) made the second team. The New England Region is broken down into two regions because of the large amount of teams in the area.

Sheridan, who will likely earn her fourth All-American honor, is Colby’s all-time leading scorer with 181 goals and 113 assists for 294 career points. She also holds the career goal scoring record and finished in a tie for the assist record. Sheridan holds single-season records for points and goals. She finished this season with 34 goals and 51 assists for 85 points to lead the New England Small College Athletic Conference in total points and assists. Sheridan also led the Mules in draw controls (38) and groundballs (41).

Sheridan earned her second straight NESCAC Player of the Year honor. Campbell and Nickerson also made the NESCAC first team along with Sheridan, while Duke was on the league’s second team. Sheridan, Campbell, Nickerson, and Duke all made the all-region team last year.

Campbell, a junior attacker, scored 40 goals and had seven assists for 47 points to finish second on Colby in scoring this year. She has 81 goals over the past two seasons and has 86 goals and 16 assists for 102 career points heading into her senior season. Campbell also had 30 draw controls and 25 groundballs this year.

Nickerson, one of the top defensive midfielders in the NESCAC, had her best season offensively during her senior year with 37 goals and six assists for 43 points to place third in scoring for the Mules. She also led Colby in caused turnovers with 25. Nickerson finished her career with 81 goals and 17 assists for 98 points. She also had 112 caused turnovers, 140 groundballs, and 69 draw controls in four years.

Duke, an All-American last year as a sophomore, was strong again during her junior season on defense. She had 19 caused turnovers, 32 groundballs, and 13 draw controls. Duke has 52 caused turnovers, 67 groundballs, and 38 draw controls in her career at Colby.

Donegan, another strong defensive midfielder, had a fine first season with the Mules by scoring 17 goals and dishing 19 assists for 36 points. She was fifth on the team in scoring and was second to Sheridan in assists. Donegan also helped out with 33 groundballs, 30 draw controls, and 13 caused turnovers.

Kramer, a junior attacker, had her best season with 32 goals and five assists for 37 points to finish fourth on Colby in scoring. She also finished with 25 draw controls. Kramer has 60 goals and 16 assists for 76 points in three years with the Mules.

Colby finished 16-2 overall and won its second straight NESCAC title this year. The Mules also advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in four years.

Pilgrim Region
First team
Chrissie Attura, Tufts, Sr., M
Blair Bowie, Middlebury, Sr., GK
Amy Campbell, Colby, Jr., A
Elizabeth Clegg, Bowdoin, Fr., A
Chase Delano, Middlebury, So., A
Claire Donegan, Colby, Fr., M

Caroline Duke, Colby, Jr., D
Ashley Hansbury, Curry, Jr., M
Alyssa Kopp, Tufts, Jr., D
Molly Moss, Endicott, Sr., D
Heather Nickerson, Colby, Sr., M
Ingrid Oelschlager, Bowdoin, So., M
Taryn Petrelli, Middlebury, Sr., D
Amanda Roberts, Tufts, So., M
Kate Sheridan, Colby, Sr., M
Caroline Thomas, Bates, Sr., A

Second team
Becca Austin, Bowdoin, Jr., D
Taylor Brown, Middlebury, So., D
Steph Collins-Finn, Bowdoin, Sr., GK
Jenna Dannis, Bates, Fr., M
Katy Dissinger, Bowdoin, So., M
Dana Heritage, Middlebury, Jr., A
Emily Johnson, Tufts, Jr., A
Caroline Kirkendoll, Middlebury, Sr., M
Katie Knaus, Gordon, Jr., M
Kathleen Kramer, Colby, Jr., A
Lauren Kruck, Bates, Sr., D
Nikki MacKay, Curry, Sr., M
Alex Pearce, Endicott, Sr., A
Maeghan Ross, Emerson, So., M
Sally Ryan, Middlebury, So., A
Courtney Thomas, Tufts, Sr., M


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