GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Five University of Connecticut women’s lacrosse players received All-Regional honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as announced by the organization Friday.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Nee (Lancaster, Pa.) and sophomore attacker Grace Nolan (Marcellus, N.Y.) both earned a spot on the IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team while senior attacker Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.), senior midfielder Alexandra Crofts (Westport, Conn.) and sophomore defender Cassie Ekstrom (Sandy Hook, Conn.) were named to the Second Team.
Friday’s announcement marks the fourth consecutive All-Northeast Region honor for Nee, who set a program record with 12 wins this season. Nee, who took home the title of Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the second straight season, currently ranks 11th nationally among Division I keepers in save percentage (.506) and sixth in saves per game (9.82). The senior captain’s record 12 wins this season moves her into first place in the UConn record book for overall career wins (44).
Nolan, the 2016 Big East Co-Attacker of the Year, led the Huskies on offense with 60 points, putting up a career-high 44 goals and tacking on 16 assists. She became the sixth Husky ever to reach that goal total in a single season and seventh Husky ever to record at least 60 points in one season. Ranking among the top 40 Division I players nationally in points per game, Nolan finished with the most points of any attacker in the league and finished second best in goals.
UConn’s leading goal scorer, Finkelston finished the 2016 season with 46 goals, the fourth most in program history, and seven assists for a total 53 points. An All-Big East Second Team honoree, Finkelston became the sixth top goal scorer in UConn history, finishing her four-year career with 137 goals scored. She also finished fifth in the record book in all-time career points with 179 (137g, 42a). Averaging 2.71 goals per game, Finkelston is ranked 27th nationally and first in the Big East in goals per game.
All-Big East First Team selection, Crofts finished second on the team in draw controls with 29. The senior captain finished as the third leading goal scorer on the team with 26 goals, the most of any midfielder. In addition to her contributions on offense, Crofts was second on the team in caused turnovers with 24, the most of any offensive player.
Ekstrom anchored the UConn defense this year, starting in all 17 games this season as a sophomore. An All-Big East Second Team selection, Ekstrom led the Huskies in caused turnovers this season with 29. She currently ranks among the top 30 Division I players in caused turnovers per game, averaging 1.71 per contest. Ekstrom is also second on the team in ground ball pickups with 37 with a season-high seven ground balls coming against William and Mary.
These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Wednesday May 18.
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