May 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.- University of Connecticut head coach Katie Woods was named the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and junior Lauren Kahn was tabbed BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Midfielder of the Year as announced at the BIG EAST Conference Awards Banquet on Wednesday evening. Additionally, Kahn was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Shannon Nee, Morgan O'Reilly and Kacey Pippitt were selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
Kahn marks the second Husky to be named Midfielder of the Year, while she is only the seventh Husky and the 12th All-BIG EAST First Team selection for UConn. Connecticut has now had 15 Huskies earn 16 All-BIG EAST Second Team selections in program history.
The 2013 UConn squad posted the best season in program history under Woods' tutelage as the Huskies had the best overall record (13-3), the best start to a season (6-0) and went undefeated at home (7-0) for the first time. At the helm of the Huskies, Woods has compiled a 32-16 record over the past three seasons. Woods, who was the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year, becomes the second women's lacrosse coach from Connecticut to earn the BIG EAST Coach of the Year accolade as Bonnie Rosen received the honor in 2005.
Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) has been an all-around dominant force for the Huskies. The junior leads the squad in goals (36), assists (22), points (58), ground balls (44) and caused turnovers (31). Kahn, a 2012 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, is only the second UConn women's lacrosse student-athlete to earn a major award as Shannon Burke was Midfielder of the Year in 2007.
Nee put forth a remarkable freshman campaign taking on the majority of this season's duties defending the UConn net rounding out the regular season with an 11-3 record and 8.97 goals against average. The Lancaster, Pa. native was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and WomensLax.com's Rookie of the Week on April 2 for her shut-down performance against then-No. 6 Notre Dame where she finished with 10 saves in UConn's 10-7 victory.
O'Reilly (West Sayville, N.Y.) receives her first conference accolade following a great senior season where she finished the regular season with 29 goals, 15 assists and was third on the team with 44 points. Registering six hat tricks in 2013, O'Reilly scored two game-winners, including the winning shot over the Irish.
In her junior campaign, Pippitt has been a consistent threat for the Huskies concluding the regular season with 39 points on 30 goals and nine assists. The mid led the squad with 54 draw controls, while adding 25 ground balls.
The No. 4 seeded Huskies will take on top-seeded Syracuse in the BIG EAST Semifinals on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field.
2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Awards
All-BIG EAST First Team All-Conference
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Jr., A
*Becca Block, Syracuse, Sr., D
Bridget Daley, Syracuse, Sr., M
Kelyn Freedman, Georgetown, Jr., M
Jenny Granger, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Ellie Hilling, Notre Dame, Sr., GK
Ashley Hunter, Georgetown, Sr., D
*Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Jr., M
*Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr., A
*Marlee Paton, Loyola, Jr., M
Margaret Smith, Notre Dame, Jr., M
*Barbara Sullivan, Notre Dame, So., D
Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown, So., A
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, Fr., A
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, Sr., A
Taryn VanThof, Loyola, R-So., M
All-BIG EAST Second Team All-Conference
Linley Block, Syracuse, Sr., D
Kelsi Bozel, Georgetown, Sr., M
Jackie Froccaro, Villanova, So., A
Maddy Lesher, Loyola, Fr., D
Katrina Martinelli, Rutgers, Jr., A
Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, Fr., M
Jaimie Morrison, Notre Dame, Sr., A
Shannon Nee, Connecticut, Fr., GK
Monica Negron, Louisville, Jr., D
Katie Oliverio, Louisville, R-Sr., A
Morgan O'Reilly, Connecticut, Sr., A
Kacey Pippitt, Connecticut, Jr., A
Hannah Schmitt, Loyola, So., A
Annie Thomas, Loyola, So., A
Sophia Thomas, Georgetown, Sr., M
Katie Webster, Syracuse, Jr., M
BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Major Award Winners
Attack Player of the Year
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Jr., A
Midfielder of the Year
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Jr., M
Defensive Player of the Year
Becca Block, Syracuse, Sr., D
Coach of the Year
Katie Woods, Connecticut, third season