|Jenna Dannis '12 demonstrated that she is one of the best all-around players in the NESCAC in 2010.|
|Joan O'Neill '12 emerged as one of the finest scorers in the in the conference, netting 38 goals with 21 assists.|
HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates College women's lacrosse team landed two players on the 2010 NESCAC All-Conference Team, announced Wednesday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Sophomore midfielder Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) was named to the First Team, while sophomore attacker Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) earned All-NESCAC Second Team honors.
It is the first All-NESCAC award for both players; Dannis was named Second Team All-Region last year by the IWLCA.
Dannis, one of the most skilled and athletic players on the Bobcats, is one of the few midfielders in the conference able to make a big difference at both ends of the field. She led the team in ground balls (35), draw controls (51) and caused turnovers (23), while ranking second on the team in scoring with 25 goals and four assists. She tied for first in the NESCAC in draw controls per game (3.40), and ranked ninth in the conference in ground balls per game (2.27) and seventh in caused turnovers per game (1.60). Dannis also scored 11 free-position goals on the year, ranking fifth in the league in FPS goals per game (0.73).
O'Neill enjoyed a breakout season as Bates' most dangerous scorer. After posting 16 points in 2009, eighth-best on the squad, O'Neill led the Bobcats in scoring by a wide margin in 2010, netting 38 goals with 21 assists (59 points). She scored multiple points in every game of the season, including two or more goals in 13 straight games. Against Tufts on March 31, O'Neill scored five goals to go with two assists, completing a three-game run in which she scored 13 goals. The quick and aggressive attacker finished the year ranked second in the conference in points per game (3.93), third in goals per game (2.53) and seventh in assists per game (1.40).