August 10, 2011

ECAC Announces Division III Women's Lacrosse New England All-Stars

CENTERVILLE, Mass.—The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Wednesday announced its Division III Women’s Lacrosse New England All-Star Team. Receiving individual awards, pictured left to right, Trinity College’s Kate Livesay is the ECAC Coach of the Year, Ashley Hansbury from Curry College is the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, while Western New England University teammates Nicole Poli and Kelsey Daniels are the ECAC Defensive Player and ECAC Rookie of the Year, respectively.

Hansbury wrapped up her stellar career at Curry by becoming the NCAA Division III all-time record holder in total points, scoring 151 points during her senior year to bring her career total to 498. A three-time player of the year selection of The Commonwealth Coast Conference, Hansbury this season led the league in goals (108), points (151), draw controls (101) and free position goals (26) from her attack position. She also is the nation’s top goal-scorer in NCAA history. The Colonels (16-4) finished the regular season at 9-2 in TCCC play, including a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and runner-up finish in the ECAC New England Championship.

Poli, a senior team captain, was selected the TCCC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Berkshire All-Region second team. She led the Golden Bears in ground balls (86), caused turnovers (83; 3rd in NCAA with a 3.77 average) and tied for the team lead with 42 draw controls. The first-team all-league performer also contributed 27 goals and 10 assists on the year. She helped anchor a defense that ranked third nationally allowing just 7.37 goals per game.

Daniels, a freshman midfielder, was also named the rookie of the year in her primary conference after leading the Golden Bears with 95 points on 73 goals and 22 assists. She also contributed 39 ground balls, 42 draw controls and 34 caused turnovers while earning first-team all-TCCC accolades. She also made the Synapsesports Division III All-Rookie Team.

Coach Livesay is a three-time New England Small College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, including this past spring when she led Trinity to a school-record 18-1 campaign and an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Bantams downed Williams, Tufts and Colby in the NESCAC Tournament to capture its first league crown. Livesay has completed five seasons at the helm, racking up a 66-21 (.759) record. The back-to-back IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year has directed the program to the NESCAC Tournament each season and to the NCAA Championship in all but one.

The head coaches, or his/her designee, within the ECAC membership voted on the teams and individual awards.

2011 ECAC Division III Women’s Lacrosse New England All-Stars

Offensive Player of the Year
Ashley Hansbury, A, Sr., Curry (Commonwealth Coast Conference)        

Defensive Player of the Year
Nicole Poli, D, Sr., Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference)

Rookie of the Year
Kelsey Daniels, MF, Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference)

Coach of the Year
Kate Livesay, Trinity College (New England Small College Athletic Conference)

First Team

Attack:  Ashley Hansbury, Sr., Curry (Commonwealth Coast Conference)

Attack:  Trisha Babson, Jr., Babson (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference)

Attack:  Rachel Romanowsky, Sr., Trinity College (NESCAC)

Midfield: Kelsey Daniels, Fr., Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference)

Midfield:  Alyssa Hood, Sr., Babson (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference)

Midfield:  Brittney Murphy, Jr., Colby-Sawyer (Commonwealth Coast Conference)

Midfield: Liz Bruno, Jr., Trinity College (New England Small College Athletic Conference)

Defender:  Megan O'Brien, Sr., Springfield (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conf.)

Defender:  Nicole Poli, Sr., Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference)

Defender:  Ingrid Oelschlager, Sr., Bowdoin (New England Small College Athletic Conference)

Defender: Liza Beckler, Jr., Trinity College (New England Small College Athletic Conference)

Goalkeeper:  Marissa Bonitatibus, Sr. Western New England (CCC)            

Second Team

Attack: Jenny Jones, Sr., Bridgewater State  (New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance)

Attack: Marta Randall, So., Amherst (New England Small College Athletic Conference)

Attack: Jeanmarie Barbato, Sr., Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conference)

Midfield: Megan Leonhard, So., Trinity College (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Midfield:  Mary Vaughan, Sr., Southern Maine (Little East Conference)

Midfield: Sally Ryan, Sr., Middlebury (New England Small College Athletic Conference)

Midfield: Jackie Moscardelli, Jr., Springfield (NEWMAC)

Defender: Alexandra Huffman, Sr., Husson (North Atlantic Conference)

Defender: Selina Houghton, So., UMass Dartmouth (Little East Conference)

Defender: Rachel Dionne, Sr., Westfield State (New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance)

Defender: Seneca Martensson, Fr., Simmons (Great Northeast Athletic Conference)

Goalkeeper: Sarah Macary, Sr., Babson (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conf.)