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West Chester, Franklin & Marshall dominate NCAA women’s Division II and Division III All-Region teams

Saturday, 23rd May 2009

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/23/09

West Chester, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division champion, placed five players on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II All-Region team.

Ram Seniors Courtney Whiting (Downingtow East, midfield), Gina DiDomenicis (defense) and Mary Beth Green (Henderson, goalie) were joined by Lock Haven’s Amber Hoch (Souderton, midfield) on the South Region’s first team.

The second team featured West Chester’s Jackie Baker (senior attack, Penncrest) and Katy Crouse (junior defender, Boyertown) as well as Bloomsburg’s Kelsey Quigley (senior midfielder, Methacton).

Players selected to the first team all-region clubs are now eligible for All-America recognition when those teams are announced in the next coming weeks.

DiDomenicis was the calm in the storm for the sixth-ranked Golden Rams (14-3) this season. She ranked second on the team in ground balls (47) and draw controls (40) while listing tied for third in caused turnovers (27). The four-time PSAC all-leaguer also finished eighth on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 22 points in her final season.

Whiting finished tied for the team lead in goals scored with 46 and ranked third overall in scoring with 59 points. The senior center midfielder was the workhorse on faceoffs and ranked second in the country in draw controls with 74. She placed third on the Rams in ground balls with 45. Whiting netted five game-winning goals and caused 33 turnovers on the year. She was the PSAC Eastern Division player of the year and a first-team all-league member.

Green backstopped West Chester to its third straight undefeated league campaign as the Golden Rams posted a perfect 10-0 mark in the newly formed Eastern Division of the PSAC. Green registered a .561 save percentage and a 7.11 goals-against average, both of which ranked second nationally. She was also named to the PSAC East’s first team all-league squad.

Baker, a two-time All-America pick each of the past two seasons, led the Golden Rams in scoring with 76 points, good for 23rd in the country in that category. Baker tied Whiting for the team lead in goals with 46. She was also a second team All-PSAC East pick.

Crouse, another All-America selection in 2008, was a second team All-South honoree. She led the squad in caused turnovers with 39 and placed second in ground balls with 58.

Meanwhile, NCAA Division III champion Franklin & Marshall placed three Philly women – seniors Jen Pritchard (Penncrest), Ashley Bevington (Hill School) and Shannon Summers (Hill School) – on the Metro Region’s first team.

A three-time All-American, Pritchard has been named to the IWLCA All-Region First Team for the fourth time in her career. 2009 marks the second time she was named the NCAA Championship Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in her career. She finished the championship game with four goals. Pritchard scored 68 times in 2009, tops on the team. Seven of her goals stood as game winning goals, part of her F&M career record of 24 in the category.

Pritchard ends her career having scored in the final 69 games of her career, an NCAA record. She scored in 83 of her 84 career games. She twitched twine 268 times in her career, 47 more times than the previous record holder. She wrapped her career with 320 total points, resetting that school record as well. She has the NCAA record for career goals in the tournament (53) and in a single tournament (19 in 2007).

Bevington, a senior and one of four team captains, is making her third consecutive appearance on the regional first team following a year in which she scored 42 times. She also assisted on 10 goals. Three of Bevington’s tallies stood up as game-winners. She was fourth on the team amongst field players in ground balls (31) and draw controls (33).

Summers saved her best for last. The senior has made her way onto the first team for the second time in as many years and appears on the squad for the fourth time in her career. Her final campaign marked the second 100-point season (104) on record at Franklin & Marshall, falling two points shy of the school record. Summers dished out 65 assists this season to move to the top of the career chart in the category (150).

South Region

First Team

Kerrie Brown, St. Andrews, Jr., A

Gina DiDomenicis, West Chester, Sr., D

Colleen Dixon, Gannon, Sr., M

Marissa Giannerini, Rollins, Jr., M

Mary Beth Green (Henderson), West Chester, Sr., GK

Breanna Haggerty, Mercyhurst, Sr., A

Amber Hoch (Souderton), Lock Haven, Sr., M

Melissa Howard, Limestone, Sr., A

Kayleigh Johnson, Lock Haven, Fr., A

Kelly Lickert, Limestone, Sr., A

Kimberly Masterton, Mercyhurst, So., M

Theresa Nolan, Belmont Abbey, Sr., D

Leigh Titus, Lock Haven, Jr., M

Courtney Whiting (Downingtown East), West Chester, Sr., M

Lauryn Wise, Limestone, So., M

Katie Zichelli, Lock Haven, So., D

Second Team

Jackie Baker (Penncrest), West Chester, Sr., A

Krissy Bentolila, Pfeiffer, Sr., A

Liz Connelly, Rollins, So., A

Katy Crouse (Boyertown), West Chester, Jr., D

Kelley Duffey, Queens, Jr., A

Mary Eshenour, Gannon, So., M

Erin Growney, Limestone, So., D

Katie Ilott, Limestone, Jr., M

Laurie Jordan, Belmont Abbey, Jr., M

Eryn McCaffrey, St. Andrews, Sr., GK

Taryn Millerd, Gannon, Jr., M

Kelsey Quigley  (Methacton), Bloomsburg, Sr., M

Krista Schunk, Gannon, Sr., A

Kate Smyth, Lock Haven, Fr., M

Katy Tyszko, Rollins, So., A

Margaret Yackel, Mercyhurst, So., D

Other Philly choices

Metro Region

First Team

Ashley Bevington (Hill School), Franklin & Marshall, Sr., M

Jen Pritchard (Penncrest), Franklin & Marshall, Sr., A

Shannon Summers (Hill School), Franklin & Marshall, Sr., M

Second Team

Amanda Alexandrowicz (Ridley), Cabrini, Sr., A

Sarah Cullinan (West Chester East), Elizabethtown, So., M

Josie Ferri (Pennsbury), Haverford, Fr., A

Liz Koelmel, Haverford School, Sr., M

Erin Nollen (Henderson), Cabrini, Jr., M

Chesapeake Region

First Team

Kelsi Robinson (Westtown School), Washington & Lee, Sr., M


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