WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College had the most All-American selections of any New England Small College Athletic Conference team after Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.), Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.), Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.), and Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American Team on Wednesday.
Pistel is a two-time All-American after earning second team honors, while Donegan, Karis, and McKenna all made the national team for the first time and each player was on the third team.
"It is such a compliment to our team to have four players recognized nationally and I am incredibly proud of them," Colby head coach Karen MacCrate Henning said.
While national champion Trinity College had three first-team selections, Colby was the only NESCAC school to have four players on the three teams (48 total players). The Mules, Salisbury University, and Gettysburg College all tied for the most selections.
The IWLCA will host the IWLCA All-American Banquet for the honorees on Saturday, June 16, at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.
Synapse Sports (formerly womenslacrosse.com) also released an All-American team Wednesday. Pistel, Donegan, and Karis were all on the second team, while McKenna was named to the third team.
Pistel, a junior and a second team pick a year ago, had 28 goals and 11 assists for 39 points this year. She also ranked as one of Colby's top defenders and was second on the team in caused turnovers with 21 and ground balls (28). Pistel heads into her senior year with 83 goals and 29 assists for 112 points. She also has 93 ground balls, 78 draw controls, and 65 caused turnovers.
"Kate is an incredible three-sport (soccer, squash) athlete who just finished her ninth playing season at Colby," MacCrate Henning said. "She has earned the respect of teammates, players, and coaches on both ends of the field because of how athletic she is."
Donegan, who missed a good portion of the 2011 season with an injury, ends her career as an All-American. Donegan was second on Colby in scoring with 21 goals and 22 assists (ranked sixth in NESCAC) for 43 points while finishing her career with 70 goals and 84 assists for 154 points. She also had 110 ground balls, 104 draw controls, and 76 caused turnovers in her four years.
"Claire is a naturally talented athlete," MacCrate Henning said. "Her quickness, speed, and strength combined with her competiveness was recognized by everyone who watched her play."
Karis, a sophomore defender, switched positions from the midfield to defense and the move has her as an All-American in her second year at Colby. Karis had team-bests of 38 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers to go along with 10 draw controls. She ranked tied for fifth in the NESCAC in caused turnovers and 10th in ground balls.
"Kirsten worked hard to earn a starting position on defense this year and her presence was consistently felt during the season when she picked loose balls on the defensive end," MacCrate Henning said.
McKenna, a sophomore attacker, led Colby and ranked sixth in the NESCAC in scoring (53), tied for fifth in goals (45), and was fourth in game-winning goals (4). She also led the Mules in draw controls (30) and free-position goals (8). McKenna already has 88 goals and 12 assists for 100 career points in two years.
"Lindsey is the team's favorite target on attack," MacCrate Henning said. "She can go lefty or right and always seems to be in the right place at the right time."
The IWLCA team had just six sophomores --- including Karis and McKenna --- and one first-year among the 48 players honored.
The Mules finished the season at 15-3 overall and made the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal round for the third straight year.
Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association
Lindsay Abbott, Cortland, senior, M; Liza Beckler, Trinity, senior, D; Katie Bollhorst, Salisbury, junior, A; Liz Bruno, Trinity, senior, M; Hannah Church, Gettysburg, senior, A; Maria DiFato, Cortland, junior, M; Rachel Dirksen, Messiah, senior, M; Lauren Feusahrens, Salisbury, junior, A; Meredith LaRose, Amherst, senior, D; Megan Leonhard, Trinity, junior, M; Megan Metielski, Fredonia, senior, D; Leigh Mitchell, Fredonia, senior, D; Leigh Mitchell, College of New Jersey, senior, A; Kathleen Notos, College of New Jersey, senior, M; Mary Swarthout, Catholic, senior, M; Margaret Souther, Middlebury, junior, M; Ashton Wheatley, Salisbury, sophomore, GK
Christina Benedetti, Washington & Lee, senior, M; Alex Casey, Gettysburg, junior, D; Rachel Coyle, Messiah, senior, D; Carolyn Gorajek, Bowdoin, junior, A; Catherine Kennedy, Mary Washington, senior, A; Michelle Lubrano, Rowan, senior, M; Joan O'Neill, Bates, senior, A; Alex Philie, Amherst, sophomore, M; Lauren Pigott, College of New Jersey, sophomore, M; Kate Pistel, Colby, junior, M; Karen Shaddock, Buffalo State, senior, A; Lauren Sokol, Hamilton, senior, D; Alex Spark, College of New Jersey, So., A; Emily Stankaitis, Susquehanna, junior, GK; Carly Tschantz, Denison, senior, D; Kim Wayson, York, junior, A
Ashley Carey, Stevens, senior, D; Maddie Coleman, Gettysburg, senior, GK; Claire Donegan, Colby, senior, M; Allie Horwitz, Amherst, senior, A; Kirsten Karis, Colby, sophomore, D; Allie Kimmelman, Mary Washington, senior, A; Melissa Leonhard, St. John Fisher, senior, M; Lindsey McKenna, Colby, sophomore, A; Natalie Melaniff, Cortland, junior, D; Rebecca Monteith, Oneonta, senior, A; Lily Nguyen, Middlebury, senior, GK; Katie Ritter, Middlebury, first year, M; Lindsey Robinson, Gettysburg, junior, A; Kara Solesky, Elizabethtown, junior, M; Shelby Vakiener, RIT, junior, M; Allie Wheatley, Salisbury, senior, M