STORRS, Conn. – A trio of Huskies from the UConn Lacrosse team have received All-Regional honors as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) on Friday afternoon. Seniors Grace Nolan and Cassie Ekstrom were tabbed to the All-Northeast Region First Team, while freshman Sydney Watson was selected to the All-Northeast Region Second Team.
Nolan is now a three-time IWLCA All-Region First Team selection after garnering the distinction in 2016 and 2017. Ekstrom, a three-time recipient as well, grabs her first All-Region First Team honor after being named to the All-Region Second Team the last two seasons. Watson becomes the first UConn freshman since Shannon Nee (2013) to earn an All-Region honors.
The IWLCA has honored 128 student-athletes in Division I with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2018. These student-athletes are now eligible to be named to a national IWLCA All-American team. The IWLCA will celebrate the 2018 All-Americans during Divisional All-American Announcement Shows, which will be launched online in mid-June.
Nolan’s senior season was nothing short of extraordinary. In addition to rewriting the UConn record book, the 2018 BIG EAST Attacked of the Year solidified herself as one of the nation’s top scorers. Nolan set a pair of single season program records in points (102) and goals (72), while her 6.00 points per game and 4.24 goals per game rank fourth and fifth, respectively, across the NCAA. On three occasions Nolan matched a program record, scoring eight goals in a single contest while her 11-point performances against Butler (March 8) and Cincinnati (April 13) put her first in the record book as well. Nolan, a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team selection, now sits first all-time on the conferences career points (150) and goals (99) list. The Marcellus, N.Y. native, graduates UConn as the program’s all-time leader in points (285) and goals (186).
Ekstrom, the 2018 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, led the Huskies with a career-high 47 groundballs and 37 caused turnovers. Her 2.18 caused turnovers per game were a second best in the conference and ranked 11th overall in the NCAA. The Sandy Hook, Conn. native racked up a career-best 28 draws in her final season and leaves Storrs fourth all time in ground balls (55) and fifth in career games played (68).
Watson made an immediate impact this season as the Huskies top draw control specialist. In her first collegiate game, the midfielder won a game-high eight draws while notching an impressive four goals and one helper at No. 7 Syracuse. Her 82 draws this season mark a single season program record and rank a sixth-best in the league. This season, Watson paced all UConn freshman in points (40), goals (25), assists (15), ground balls (32) and caused turnovers (11). The Prince Frederick Native, was tabbed the ILWomen National Rookie of the Week (April 26) after totaling nine points off five goals and four assists, along with 13 draws, two ground balls and a caused turnover in two games for the Huskies.
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