IWLCA Honors 21 Women's Lacrosse Players from the NESCAC


HADLEY, Mass. - A total of 21 players from the NESCAC have been named to the IWLCA All-America Teams. The organization announced its list of honorees on June 10. Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Tufts, and Wesleyan each had four players selected across the three teams.


Claire Dunbar and Kelly Siebert were Second Team selections for Amherst, while Maia Noyes and Sabrina Solow were named to the Third Team. Dunbar led the Mammoths in goals (39), assists (34), and points (73), while Siebert collected 28 ground balls and ranked third on the team in caused turnovers with 22 while starting all 20 games on defense. Noyes tallied 44 points on 22 goals and 22 assists and won a team-high 76 draw controls as a midfielder and Solow posted 32 caused turnovers to go with 30 ground balls from her defensive position.

Eliza Denious and Katie Miller were named First Team All-American selections while Kara Finnerty was selected to the Second Team and Caroline Maxwell was a Third Team honoree for the Bowdoin Polar Bears. Miller led Bowdoin with 60 goals, the second-most in a single season in program history. She became the fastest Polar Bear to surpass 100 career goals. Denious ranked among the team leaders in goals (46), draw controls (33), ground balls (29) and caused turnovers (20) while surpassing the 100-point mark earlier this season. Finnerty led the team with 28 assists and won a team-high 83 draw controls and caused 20 turnovers. Maxwell was the anchor to Bowdoin's defensive unit, helping the team post a 10.56 goals against average and leading the team with 26 caused turnovers and 33 ground balls.

Hamilton's Kara Pooley earned Second Team honors and is the 20th different Continental to be honored in program history. Pooley started all 15 games at midfield and led the Continentals or tied for the lead in all major statistical categories including points (44), goals (23), assists (21), caused turnovers (37), ground balls (37), and draw controls (54). Pooley finished her 64-game career with 135 points on 93 goals and 42 assists. She is one of only a handful of players in team history that recorded over 100 career points, draw controls (155), ground balls (117) and caused turnovers (114). 

Middlebury, the NCAA and NESCAC Champion, was represented by Emma McDonaghAddy Mitchell, and Erin Nicholas on the First Team, while Jane Earley landed on the Second Team. McDonagh earns All-America honors for the second straight season. She led the Panthers in goals (63) and points (81), ranking among the conference leaders in both categories. McDonagh, the 2019 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, capped her career in a Panther uniform ranking among the top 10 all-time leaders in both goals (169) and points (225). Mitchell, a defender, picked up her first All-American citation and set program single-season records with 70 ground balls and 44 caused turnovers while leading the NESCAC in each category. Nicholas reels in her first All-American laurel and led Middlebury with 77 draw controls and ranked among the team leaders in goals (24), ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (24). Earley ranked second on the Panthers with 51 goals and 68 points. Earley was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, after scoring 15 goals in Middlebury's NCAA run.

Tufts, the NESCAC Runner-Up, also had four players earn All-America honors. Dakota Adamec and Hedy Veith earned spots on the First Team, while Annie Sullivan and Emily Games were Second Team honorees. All four players are repeat All-America selections the All-American honor. Adamec is a First Team selection for the second year in a row while Veith adds the First Team honor to her Third-Team nod from last season. Sullivan was a third team selection a year ago and Games was a third-team pick in 2017. Adamec, the NESCAC Player of the Year, finished the season with 43 goals and seven assists for 50 points. Her eight goals against Wesleyan tied the school record. Games set a Tufts single-season record with 62 goals in 2019 and her 33 free-position tallies led the league. Sullivan scored 31 goals with seven assists offensively and played a key role defensively on a team that allowed an 8.15 goals against average. Veith, the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, led the team with 39 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers. She was part of a defense that posted two shutouts this season, including an 18-0 NCAA Second Round win over Plymouth State.

Abigail HorstAbby Manning, and Caroline Sgaglione were all named First Team selections, while Allegra Grant received Second Team honors to represent Wesleyan on the IWLCA All-America squads. The All-America honor is the second for Horst, who was also named a Second Team selection last year. She finished second on the team in points (51), goals (47), and draw controls (72) while registering her 100th career point and 100th career goal. Manning picks up the first All-America honor of her career after leading the NESCAC in points (84) and goals (69) and setting the Wesleyan single-season program record in both categories. Sgaglione closed out her career with a third straight All-America honor. After being named to the Second Team as a sophomore and junior, she moved up to the First Team in her final season. A staple on defense, Sgaglione concluded the 2019 campaign with a career and team-high 35 caused turnovers, which ranked third in the NESCAC. Grant picks up her first All-America honor. She started all 21 games in net and logged 1210:55 minutes while boasting a 48.6 save percentage and 8.08 goals-against average.