Courtesy Colby/Middlebury/Trinity/Tufts/Williams Sports Information
HADLEY, Mass. - Twelve NESCAC student-athletes were selected by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as All-America on Wednesday, May 27. Of the 12 individuals chosen, four individuals - Williams senior Elizabeth Burns, Middlebury senior Taryn Petrelli, Colby senior Kate Sheridan, and Trinity sophomore Rachel Romanowsky - came away with First Team honors.
Sheridan, the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC Player of the Year, was named to the IWLCA First Team for the second straight year after earning Second Team honors in her first year and sophomore seasons. She is the only women’s lacrosse player in program history to earn four straight All-American honors.
Sheridan 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 past season with 34 goals and 51 assists for 85 points to lead the NESCAC in total points and assists.
Junior attacker Amy Campbell made the IWLCA Third Team and was joined by senior midfielder Heather Nickerson. Campbell and Nickerson both earned All-American honors for the first time.
Petrelli earned First Team All-American honors after a stellar season on the Middlebury defense. The All-NESCAC selection helped lead a Middlebury defense that allowed a league-best 8.56 goals/game this season. Petrelli led the team with 26 caused turnovers in 2009, while picking up 32 ground balls with 18 draw controls. She also scored her first career goal in an April 24th win at Williams in the NESCAC regular season finale. Petrelli has played in 68 career games with 99 ground balls and 70 caused turnovers.
Sophomore Chase Delano was a Second Team All-American selection after earning First Team All-NESCAC honors. She led the Panthers this season with 55 goals, placing her second in the NESCAC with 3.24 goals/contest. She also notched a dozen assists to earn 67 points, placing her third (3.94 ppg) among her NESCAC peers. Delano was second on the team with 30 draw controls, while earning 13 ground balls. The sophomore opened the season with six goals at Bates, later scoring six goals once again in a victory over Trinity.
Romanowsky played in and started 13 games in the midfield but missed the post-season loss to Williams with an injury suffered in the regular season finale. She led the team in goals (46), assists (20), scoring (66), and added a team-high six game-winning goals. Joining Romanowsky from the Bantams on the All-America squad was first year Elizabeth Bruno, a Third Team selection. Bruno started every game at midfield and defense and totaled four goals and two assists for six points, 18 draw controls, a team-high ground balls and a team-high 45 caused turnovers (2nd in nation).
From Tufts were three individuals, senior midfielder Chrissie Attura, sophomore attack Amanda Roberts on the Second Team, and junior defender Alyssa Kopp on the Third Team. The three All-American nods are the most for head coach Carol Rappoli's Tufts team this decade.
With a Tufts-record 38 assists this season, Attura tied for 21st in the country with an average of 2.0 per game. Her six assists against Babson on March 17 tied a Tufts single-game record. She finished second on the team with 58 points, including 20 goals. With 52 goals scored, Roberts was second in the NESCAC this spring. She was also very responsible defensively, averaging 1.26 caused turnovers per game.Kopp was a stand-out on draw controls and defense. She tied for the NESCAC lead with 43 draw controls this spring and caused 1.68 turnovers per game, which was ranked among the national top 75. She also had 2.89 ground balls per game.
Burns led the Ephs with 53 groundballs, 36 draw controls and 33 caused turnovers. The First Team All-NESCAC and IWLCA First Team All-Region defender also scored three goals and assisted one. She was the Ephs steadiest defender.
Joining Burns from Williams was Britt Spackman on the Third Team. Spackman led Williams with 77 points this season, scoring 44 goals and adding a team-high 37 assists. She tied for the lead in game-winning goals with three, was second on draw controls with 33 and second in caused turnovers with 17. She also had 30 groundballs.