WATERVILLE, Maine ---- Colby College's Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.), Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.), Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.), Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.), and Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) were each named to the 2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Team on Wednesday.
Pistel made the All-NESCAC first team for the second year in a row, while McKenna also made the first team after earning second team and NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors after last season. Donegan made the second team for the second time in her career, last making it during her sophomore season. Karis and Burt also were selected to the second team for the first time.
Pistel, a junior midfielder and an All-American a year ago, has 21 goals and six assists for 27 points. She also ranks as one of Colby's top defenders and is second on the team in caused turnovers with 17. Pistel, who is second on the team in shooting percentage (56 percent) of those with 10 shots or more, has an even 100 career points (76 goals, 24 assists) heading into Wednesday's NCAA opening round game with Endicott College.
McKenna has a team-best 39 goals and six assists for 45 points so far this season after a monster first year with the Mules at 43 goals and four assists for 47 points. She also leads Colby in free-position goals (8-for-15) and draw controls (22). McKenna has 82 goals and 10 assists for 92 points in just two seasons.
Donegan, who missed a good portion of the 2011 season with an injury, came back strong in her senior year to earn All-NESCAC honors for a second time. She is second on the Mules in scoring with 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points. Donegan also has 19 ground balls, 19 draw controls, and 13 caused turnovers. She is Colby's leading active career scoring leader with 66 goals and 80 assists for 146 points.
Karis, a sophomore, moved from the midfield to defense this season after the graduation of two All-NESCAC defenders (Lexi Crook, Mary Cummings) from last year's team. The move was a wise one for head coach Karen Hennings, with Karis currently leading the team in caused turnovers (24) and ground balls (35). She had nine goals and one assist from her midfield spot last year and added one assist this season.
Burt, a sophomore, is the only goaltender in the NESCAC in the top five in goals against average (3rd, 7.57), save percentage (1st, .537), and saves per game (6.64). She also contributed 15 ground balls and four caused turnovers. Burt also did a solid job helping with clears and only had five turnovers in Colby's 13-2 season.
2012 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Team
Player of the Year: Liz Bruno, Trinity, senior; Rookie of the Year:
Katie Ritter, Middlebury; Coach of the Year: Kate Livesay
First Team: Carolyn Gorajek, Bowdoin, senior attacker; Lindsey
McNamara, Colby, sophomore attacker; Joan O'Neill, Bates, senior
attacker; Liz Bruno, Trinity, senior midfielder; Megan Leonhard,
Trinity, junior midfielder; Alexandra Philie, Amherst, sophomore
midfielder; Kate Pistel, Colby, senior midfielderr; Margaret Souther,
Middlebury, junior midfielder; Liza Becklerr, Trinity, senior
defender; Meredith LaRose, Amherst, senior defender; Lauren Sokol,
Hamilton, senior defender; Lily Nguyen, Middlebury, senior goaltender
Second Team: Elizabeth Clegg, Bowdoin, senior attacker; Kerry Eaton,
Tufts, junior attacker; Allie Horwitz, Amherst, senior attacker;
Caitlin Irvine, Trinity, senior attacker; Lara Kozin, Tufts, senior
attackerr; Claire Donegan, Colby, senior midfielder; Rachel Friedman,
Hamilton, junior midfielder; Katie Ritter, Middlebury, first year
midfielder; Kelly Cakert, Tufts, senior defender; Mallory Hinman,
Trinity, junior defender; Kirsten Karis, Colby, sophomore defender;
Molly Paduda, Bowdoin, sophomore defender; Michelle Burt, Colby,