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Women's lacrosse has five named IWLCA All-Region





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

Senior midfielder Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.), and senior attacker Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) were both named to the IWLCA Pilgrim Region First Team, while sophomore defender Cat Dioli (Ipswich, Mass.), junior defender Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) and sophomore midfielder Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) all received Second Team honors.

As First Team honorees, Dannis and O'Neill are eligible for IWLCA All-America consideration, to be announced May 24.

It is the fourth straight year that Dannis has received All-Region honors -- the one-time IWLCA All-American was also a First Team All-Region selection in 2011 and 2010, and a Second Team pick as a rookie in 2009. As Bates' top two-way midfielder, Dannis ranked seventh in the NESCAC in draw controls per game (2.71), and also ranked second in the Bobcats in goals scored (19) to go with 14 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls.

It's the second postseason honor for O'Neill, who also received First Team All-NESCAC honors last week, and her third First Team All-Region selection. Bates' all-time leader in points and assists, O'Neill led the NESCAC in points per game for the second straight year, at 4.67, after posting the exact same average in 2011. (She was also second in that category in 2010, with 3.93 points per game). She also ranked first in the league in goals per game (3.47) and eighth in assists per game (1.20). With 52 goals and 18 assists for 70 points, O’Neill tied her own team record for points in a season, and she is just two shy of Stephanie Smith's 1987 team record for goals in a season. O’Neill finished her career with 147 goals and a team-record 68 assists for a team-record 215 points, 32 points and 18 assists more than any other player in team history. Her goal total is only three shy of the team record of 150 held by Smith.

Fulton captures her third All-Region honors, one for each of her three seasons. The tireless and speedy defender had a career- and team-high 24 caused turnovers, ranking sixth in the conference in caused turnovers per game (1.60). Fulton also led the Bobcats in ground balls, with 31, and was tied for sixth on the team with a career-high three assists.

Dioli was perhaps Bates' most consistent defender in earning her first All-Region honors, totaling 23 ground balls, seven draw controls and 13 caused turnovers.

Pierce also captures her first All-Region honors, following an excellent sophomore campaign that included 17 goals and seven assists, ranking third on the Bobcats in points (24), up from 10 last season. Pierce was fourth on the Bobcats in ground balls (24), third in draw controls (26) and sixth in caused turnovers (11).

View the IWLCA All-Region Performers announcement (PDF)