WATERVILLE, Maine ---- The Colby College women's lacrosse team had five players named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Region Team on Friday.
A week after earning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors, Colby players Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.), Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.), Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.), Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.), and Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made the IWLCA All-Region Team. Donegan, Karis, McKenna, and Pistel made the first team. Burt was selected to the second team.
The players were all named to the Pilgrim Region. The IWLCA breaks up New England into two regions because of the large amount of colleges offering lacrosse.
Donegan, who missed a good portion of the 2011 season with an injury, came back strong in her senior year to earn all-region honors for a third time. She was selected to the team in 2009 and 2010, but missed out in 2011 after an injury forced her to miss part of the season. 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.
Karis, a sophomore defender, played in the midfield a year ago. She made the change to defense after the Mules lost two All-NESCAC defenders to graduation and became an all-league player herself. 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.
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. McKenna made the all-region team for the second year in a row.
Pistel, a junior midfielder and an All-American a year ago, had 28 goals and 11 assists for 39 points to earn her third straight all-region selection. 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.
Burt, a sophomore, is the only goaltender in the NESCAC in the top five in goals against average (3rd, 7.07), save percentage (1st, .556), and saves per game (7.14). She also contributed 20 ground balls, five caused turnovers, and only five turnovers. Burt ranked third nationally in save percentage and ninth in goals against average.
Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region
First Team: Kelly Cakert, Tufts, Sr., D; Elizabeth Clegg, Bowdoin, Sr., A; Jenna Dannis, Bates, Sr., M; Morgan DeShaw, Endicott, Sr., A; Claire Donegan, Colby, Sr., M; Kerry Eaton, Tufts, Jr., A; Carolyn Gorajek, Bowdoin, Jr., A; Katie Herter, Bowdoin, Sr., M; Kirsten Karis, Colby, So., D; Lindsey McKenna, Colby, So., A; Lily Nguyen, Middlebury, Sr., GK; Joan O'Neill, Bates, Sr., A; Molly Paduda, Bowdoin, So., D; Kate Pistel, Colby, Jr., M; Katie Ritter, Middlebury, Fr., M; Margaret Souther, Middlebury, Jr., M
Second Team: Michelle Burt, Colby, So., GK; Holly Davis, Endicott, Jr., M; Catherine Dioli, Bates, So., D; Lorin Field, Plymouth State, So., GK; Grace Fitzpatrick, Norwich, So., M; Linnea Fulton, Bates, Jr., D; Elizabeth Garry, Middlebury, Sr., A; Elizabeth Herzog, Middlebury, So., A; Lara Kozin, Tufts, Sr., A; Meghan McNabb, Plymouth State, Fr., A; Natalie Moore, Bowdoin, Fr., D; Wally Pierce, Bates, So., M; Emily Pillemer, Tufts, Sr., M; Nicolle Steel, U of New England, Jr., D; Katie Stewart, Bowdoin, Sr., M; Caitlin Swanson, Plymouth State, Jr., M