Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/3/17
From Press Release
The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team was predicted third in the preseason Patriot League poll and three seniors garnered individual recognition, as announced on Thursday evening. Senior Allison LaBeau was named the league’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Lauren Beausoleil and Julianne D’Orazio joined her on the preseason All-Patriot League team.
Loyola came in first in the poll with 162 points and 18 first-place votes, followed by Navy at 141 points (two first-place votes). Lehigh garnered 124 points, Boston University 123, Colgate 96, Bucknell 81, Holy Cross 48, Lafayette 47, Army West Point 33 and American 30. The poll was voted on by the league’s head coaches and Sports Information Directors. Lehigh earned the No. 4 seed last season and will be searching for its fourth straight Patriot League Tournament berth in 2017.
LaBeau, Beausoleil and D’Orazio make up three of the 12-member team, consisting of four student-athletes from Loyola, three from Lehigh, two from Colgate, one from Boston University, one from Navy and one from Lafayette. The defending Patriot League Attacker of the Year, LaBeau posted a league-leading 80 points last season behind 46 goals and 34 assists. She was named an IWLCA second team All-Region honoree (along with D’Orazio), Lehigh’s first student-athletes named All-Region since 2011. LaBeau finished eighth nationally in points per game, tallying 16 multi-point games, 14 multi-goal games and nine hat tricks. LaBeau has been named All-Patriot League following each of her first three collegiate seasons.
Beausoleil was a second team All-League honoree last season, posting 29 goals and nine assists for 38 points, second on the Mountain Hawks. Beausoleil also had 39 groundballs (second on Lehigh), 29 draw controls (third) and 16 caused turnovers (third). One of her many highlight games came vs. Army West Point when she tallied five groundballs and a career-high six caused turnovers to earn Patriot League Midfielder of the Week.
Meanwhile, D’Orazio garnered first team All-League and second team All-Region in 2016. She finished the season with 17 goals, three assists, a team-leading 44 groundballs, team-leading 37 caused turnovers and 30 draw controls (second on the team). The 37 caused turnovers were good for top 10 in Patriot League single-season history and just one from tying the school record. D’Orazio finished 12th nationally, averaging 2.18 caused turnovers per game.
Senior Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) of Lafayette was selected to the All-Patriot League Team for the second straight year.
Wilhelmsen is a three-time All-Patriot League selection, earning second-team laurels each of her first two seasons and first-team honors a year ago. The Wallingford, Pa. native tallied 53 goals last spring, becoming just the fifth Lafayette player since 1980 to surpass the 50-goal mark in a single season.
“It is truly a great honor to be named to the Preseason All-League tea and we are very proud that Kirsten has been recognized with this group of talented athletes for the second straight year,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “Kirsten proven herself to be one of the Patriot League’s best and we are very excited to see what this season brings for her and for our 2017 team.”
Wilhelmsen posted her 100th career goal in a win over Iona a year ago and has earned Academic All-Patriot League honors each of the last two seasons, carrying a 3.46 grade-point average as a Psychology major. She recorded at least one goal in all 17 games in 2016, including two or more in all but two games. Additionally, she led the Patriot League in scoring at 3.12 goals per game, good enough for 13th in the national rankings, and was selected as one of the team’s three captains this season.
Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
1. Loyola, 162 points (18 first-place votes)
2. Navy, 141 (2)
3. Lehigh, 124
4. Boston U., 123
5. Colgate, 96
6. Bucknell, 81
7. Holy Cross, 48
8. Lafayette, 47
9. Army West Point, 33
10. American, 30
Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Allison LaBeau, Lehigh (Sr., A)
Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Bailey Mathis, Loyola Md. (Sr., D)
Women’s Lacrosse Preseason All-Patriot League Team
Attack: Allison LaBeau, Lehigh (Sr.)
Attack: Isabel Kreitler, Colgate (Sr.)
Attack: Hannah Powers, Loyola (So.)
Attack: Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven), Lafayette (Jr.)
Midfield: Jenna Collins, Navy (Jr.)
Midfield: Lauren Beausoleil, Lehigh (Sr.)
Midfield: Haley O’Hanlon, Colgate (So.)
Midfield: Sabrina Tabasso (Harriton), Loyola (Jr.)
Defense: Julianne D’Orazio (Merion Mercy), Lehigh (Sr.)
Defense: Bailey Mathis, Loyola (Jr.)
Defense: Kristen Yanchoris, Loyola (So.)
Goalkeeper: Caroline Meegan, Boston U. (Sr.)