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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Women's Lacrosse Places Seven on All-MAC Team

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Seven members of the Elizabethtown College women's lacrosse team have been named All-Middle Atlantic Conference, as voted upon by the league's nine head coaches and released Tuesday.

Earning first-team status were junior attack Katie Foley (Palmyra, NJ/Holy Cross), sophomore midfielder Stephanie Kreis (Bel Air, MD/John Carroll School), junior defender Dana Simmons (Flourtown, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh) and junior goalkeeper Jenn Hawkins (Havre de Grace, MD/Havre de Grace).

On the second team were sophomore attack Megan Byrnes (Lutherville, MD/Towson), first-year midfielder Sarah Cullinan (West Chester, PA/East) and junior defender Lyndsey Reeve (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township).

They led the Blue Jays to a 10-4 overall record and second place in the MAC with a 7-1 league mark. Elizabethtown will host third-seeded Messiah College in a MAC semifinal on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at Wolf Field.

Foley, Simmons and Hawkins were named to the first team for the second straight season, while Kreis was a first-team pick after earning second-team All-MAC honors last year. Byrnes was voted to the second team for the second straight season.

Foley leads the Blue Jays in scoring with 63 goals and 16 assists for 79 points. She also led the team with 36 draw controls and was second on the squad with 18 caused turnovers. In three seasons, she has 172 goals and 55 assists for 227 points in 48 career games.

Kreis is third on the team in both goals (36) and points (43), and leads the team with 30 ground balls. She also ranks third in draw controls with 25 and in caused turnovers with 17. In 31 career games over two seasons, she has 65 goals and 11 assists for 76 points.

Simmons has 15 caused turnovers, 13 ground balls and 12 draw controls from her defender position, and has 38 ground balls and two goals in three seasons, spanning 37 games.

Hawkins has started all 14 games in goal and leads the MAC with an 8.67 goals against average and a .567 save percentage. In 48 career games, she has posted an 9.75 goals against average and made 502 saves.

Byrnes is second on the team with 42 goals and 17 assists for 59 points, while also ranking among the team leaders with 25 ground balls and 22 draw controls. In just two seasons, she has scored 86 goals and 34 assists for 120 points in 31 games.

Cullinan was honored despite missing three games with an injury at midseason. She still finished with a team-high 30 caused turnovers and added 25 ground balls to go with 11 goals and nine assists.

Reeve started all 14 games on defense and has posted 13 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers and seven draw controls. She has recorded 56 ground balls in 48 career games.

Amanda Wayne of FDU-Florham took Player of the Year honors, while Kara Geiman of Messiah was Rookie of the Year. FDU-Florham coach Adrienne Booth was honored as Coach of the Year after leading the Devils to a perfect 8-0 record in conference play.