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Four women's lax players receive IWLCA All-Region honors

LEWISTON, Maine -- Four members of the Bates College women's lacrosse team were named All-Region Thursday by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, including three on the First Team.

Junior midfielder Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.), sophomore defender Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) and junior attacker Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) were all named to the Pilgrim Region First Team, while sophomore attacker Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) received Second Team honors for the No. 20 nationally ranked Bobcats.

It is the second postseason honor this year for Dannis, Fulton and O'Neill, who were NESCAC All-Conference selections last week. As First Team members, all three are eligible for IWLCA All-America consideration, to be announced May 24.

It is the third straight year that Dannis has received All-Region honors -- she was also a First Team All-Region selection last year, as well as Third Team All-America. Dannis reached career highs in 2011 in goals (28), assists (10) and draw controls (56). She led the NESCAC in draw controls per game (3.73) and ranked fourth in caused turnovers per game (1.67), 17th in points per game (2.53), tied for 15th in goals per game (1.87), and tied for fifth in free-position goals per game (0.60).

Fulton, an IWLCA All-Region as a rookie last year, had an even better sophomore season. The tirelessly quick and disruptive defender totaled 36 ground balls, 32 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers. She ranked eighth in the conference in draw controls per game (2.00) and tied for ninth in the conference in ground balls.

In 15 games, the explosive O'Neill led the conference in points per game (4.67) while setting team records for points (70) and assists (26) in a single season. She also has already tied former teammate Morgan Maciewicz '10 for the team's all-time assists standard, with 50. O'Neill ranked second in the NESCAC in goals per game (2.93) and fourth in assists per game (1.73), and also tied for the conference lead in free-position goals (11).

Brallier had a breakout season in 2011 reminiscent of the one O'Neill posted as a sophomore in 2010, becoming the fourth Bates player to record a 40-goal season in the past decade, with 41 goals to go with seven assists. Brallier ranked fourth in the NESCAC in goals per game (2.73), seventh in points per game (3.20) and third in draw controls per game (3.20). She was named NESCAC Player of the Week on March 28, after making huge contributions to a pair of road wins over Babson and Wesleyan. Brallier scored three or more goals in 10 games on the year.

View the IWLCA All-Region Performers announcement (PDF)