April 30, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Six University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse players have earned All-Big East honors as announced by the league Wednesday afternoon. Four players were named to the All-Big East First Team, while two Huskies made the All-Conference Second Team.
UConn senior midfielder Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.), who was named the Preseason Big East Offensive Player of the Year back in January, earned All-Big East honors for the third straight year and was named to the First Team for a second straight season. Kahn was sensational in her final year at Connecticut, as she led the Huskies with 58 points on 33 goals and 25 assists. Her 40 caused turnovers and 3.00 ground balls a game both topped all Big East players, and she was fourth in the league with 42 draw controls. Her 25 assists also led all players in the conference this season.
Connecticut midfielder Kacey Pippitt (New Canaan, Conn.) was also named to the First Team after leading the Huskies in draw controls (54) this season. She was third on the team in points (40) on 29 goals and 11 assists, and she capped off her UConn career at home in style, netting a career-high six goals in the Huskies’ 15-4 win over Villanova on Saturday.
Sophomores Lauren Kwasnowski (Kingston, N.Y.) and Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) were the other two Connecticut players to earn First Team honors for the Huskies, who play Georgetown in the semifinals of the Big East Championship on Thursday. Nee won at least 10 games for the second straight season and she was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Week four times in 2014. Her 27 groundballs were second on the team, while her 9.91 goals against average was the eighth-best mark in the Big East.
Kwasnowski played a vital role for a Connecticut defense that improved greatly throughout the season. She recorded 14 ground balls on the year and her 11 caused turnovers were the third-highest mark on the team. The Huskies were second in the league in goals against average (9.44) this season, and they allowed a season-best four goals against the Wildcats this weekend.
A pair of Connecticut sophomore midfielders was named to the All-Big East Second Team, as Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) and Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) both earned the honor for the first time. Finkelston sparked the UConn offense this year, leading the Huskies with 39 goals after scoring just 12 times all of last year. Her 50 points were second on the team, and she finished the season with 10 ground balls. Crofts appeared in all 16 games for Connecticut and her 19 points (16 goals and three assists) were the fifth-highest total among all Husky players. She scored at least two goals in four games in 2014, and she finished the regular season with 20 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
Louisville, which went a perfect 7-0 in Big East play this season, swept all the major conference awards. Attacker Nikki Boltja was named the Big East Attacker of the Year after leading all conference players in goals (61) and points (81), while Kaylin Morissette earned Midfielder of the Year honors. Louisville midfielder Monica Negron was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year and Cardinals head coach Kellie Young took home the Big East Coach of the Year award.
UConn’s semifinal game against second-seeded and tournament host Georgetown is set for 8:15 p.m. on Thursday. The contest can be seen live HERE and tickets are five dollars for general admission and free for any students of a Big East school.
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Kellie Young, Louisville*
BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year
Nikki Boltja, Senior, Louisville*
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Kaylin Morissette, Sophomore, Louisville
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Monica Negron, Senior, Louisville
All-BIG EAST First Team
*Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Sr., A
*Faye Brust, Louisville, Jr., A
Cortnee Daley, Louisville, So., M
*Adrianne Devine, Georgetown, Jr., D
*Kelyn Freedman, Georgetown, Sr., M
Chelsea Intrabartola, Rutgers, Sr., D
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Sr., M
Lauren Kwasnowski, Connecticut, So., D
Steph McNamara, Louisville, Fr., D
*Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, M
Shannon Nee, Connecticut, GK
*Monica Negron, Louisville, Sr., D
Kacey Pippitt, Connecticut, Sr., A
Jamie Redding, Louisville, Sr., A
Lauren Sbrilli, Rutgers, R-Jr., M
Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown, Jr., A
* unanimous selection
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Hayley Baas, Marquette, So., M
Amanda Bochniak, Marquette, Fr., A
Maggie Brown, Georgetown, Sr., D
Megan Clements, Rutgers, Sr., A
Ali Crofts, Connecticut, So., M
Corinne Etchison, Georgetown, So., A
Kate Finkleston, Connecticut, So., A
Hannah Franklin, Georgetown, Sr., M
Elizabeth Goslee, Marquette, So., D
Leslee Hefner, Louisville, Sr., D
Chelsey Henderson, Villanova, So., M
Jaqi Kakalecik, Temple, R-So., GK
Jess Mucci, Villanova, Jr., A
Maddie McTigue, Temple, So., D
Sarah Priem, Marquette, GK