HADLEY, Mass. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its All-America teams on Thursday afternoon, and 15 players on the 48-member squad had NESCAC ties, as seven conference teams were represented. Of the 15 honored, six earned IWLCA First Team All-America recognition.
The First Team was comprised of the Trinity trio of Liz Bruno, Megan Leonhard, and Rachel Romanowsky. They were joined by the Middlebury tandem of Lily Nguyen and Sally Ryan and Bowdoin's Ingrid Oelschlager.
Bruno, a three-time All-NESCAC recipient and a two-time First Team All-American, caused more turnovers than any other player in the league for the third year in a row with 43. Bruno (Andover, Mass.) had 54 grounders, 37 draw controls, a career-high 17 goals, and six assists.
Leonhard (Summit, N.J.) tallied 54 goals, six serving as the game-winnier for the Bantams, scooped 62 ground balls, and earned 47 draw controls, all team-highs in 2011.
Romanowsky earned All-America for the third time in her career, landing on the First Team in 2009 and the Second Team in 2010. The 2011 NESCAC Player of the Year and 2008 Rookie of the Year, Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) was appointed to an All-NESCAC team for the fourth time in her career - earning a spot on the All-Conference First Team for the third year in a row this spring. Her final season with the Bantams was one of her finest. Romanowsky, a key component in the Trinity offense during her tenure in Hartford, led her squad and finished third among all league players in scoring with a personal-best 73 points on 31 goals and a career-high 42 assists. She also contributed 23 ground balls, 15 draw controls, and three caused turnovers. The Bantams won a program-record 18 games (18-1) and won their first NESCAC title in 2011.
Middlebury's Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) had her finest season with the Panthers this spring, posting career-best totals for goals (60), points (76), ground balls (38), draw controls (37), and caused turnovers (34). Among the league leaders in each of those categories, Ryan currently paced the NESCAC in goals.
Senior goalkeeper Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.), an All-NESCAC First Team honoree along with Ryan, saved some of her best performances this year for conference competition. Nguyen recorded a .526 save percentage over nine NESCAC outings, first among league netminders. Overall, Nguyen saw a majority of the minutes in net Middlebury, going 9-5 with a 9.25 goals against average and a .510 save percentage.
Oelschlager (Roanoke, Va.) from Bowdoin garnered All-Conference First Team recognition. Am All-NESCAC Second Team selection in 2009 and an All-Conference honoree in Field Hockey, Oelschlager has been one of the best one-on-one defenders in the conference. She contributed to the league's top defense 35 ground balls, 29 draw controls, and 25 caused turnovers as the Polar Bears reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history this May.
On the All-America Second Team from the NESCAC were Colby's Lexi Crook and Kate Pistel, Tufts' Lara Kozin and Stephanie Perez, and Marta Randall of Amherst.
The Mules' second leading scorer with 41 points on 27 goals and 14 assists, Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) was Colby's best two-way player and answered the call when needed this season. She also chipped in 33 grounders, 28 draw controls, and 19 caused turnovers while going 11-for-19 on free-position shots.
Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) earned a promotion from last year's All-NESCAC Second Team, as the four-year starter for the Mules joined Pistel on the All-Conference First Team with a team-leading 43 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers along with 24 draw controls. Crook has also helped the offense with three goals, her most in a single season.
Kozin (Suffern, N.Y.) nearly equaled her point production from her first two seasons combined, racking up a league-high 88 points with 39 goals and 49 assists through 19 games, an average of 4.63 points per game. She broke the Jumbo record for assists in a game this spring, recording seven in a 19-10 win over Endicott.
An impact player for the Jumbos, Perez (East Providence, R.I.) led the NESCAC in draw controls with 71. She also caused 30 turnovers and picked up 39 ground balls while scoring 32 goals and assisting on seven others. The junior midfielder earned All-NESCAC First Team honors for the second year in a row this spring and was an IWLCA Third Team All-America honoree last year.
The All-America Third Team featured Bowdoin's Elizabeth Clegg and Katie Stewart, Trinity's Liza Beckler, and Williams goalkeeper Julia Schreiber.
Clegg (Hudson, Ohio) garnered her first All-Conference honor (Second Team) after an outstanding all-around campaign that included 37 goals, 12 assists, and a team-leading 44 ground balls for the Polar Bears. The junior attacker carded a season-best four goals in Bowdoin's one-goal loss to Trinity on March 19 and matched the performance in a 16-5 victory over Babson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on May 11.
Stewart (Chevy Chase, Md.) netted her second-straight All-NESCAC nod after a phenomenal two-way season in the midfield, earning a spot on the Second Team. She was also honored on the 2010 edition of the IWLCA Second Team. The junior scored 36 goals, grabbed a team-high 44 ground balls and caused a team-best 31 turnovers on the year. She had a season-best five goals in Bowdoin's April 23 win over Williams that secured the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament.
Schreiber (Cockeysville, Md.), the 2010 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year, started 15 of the Ephs 17 games this season, going 7-8 for the Ephs, who finished the season 8-9. Schreiber played over 900 minutes (9:05.39) and faced 405 shots, saving 165 on them. Her save percentage on the season was .525 and her goals against average was 9.87. Schreiber was a First Team All-Conference selection in both 2010 and 2009 and a Second Team member in 2011. She earned All-America Second Team honors last spring.
Beckler (Potomac, Md.) received All-America honors for the first time in her career. The junior defender started all 19 of the Bantams' games this season, collecting 39 ground balls, causing 22 turnovers, and earning 11 draw controls.