May 5, 2010

NINE WOMEN'S LAX PLAYERS NAMED TO AMERICA EAST ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

ALLIE DUCLOS
KATE KEAGINS
SHAUNNA KAPLAN
ILANA COHEN
JOJO CURRO
AMBER CASIANO
KATHLEEN O'KEEFE
JENNY SIMPSON
ALLY STAGER

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team were named to the 2010 America East All-Conference First Team on Wednesday. Six other Wildcats received all-conference honors.

Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.) and JoJo Curro (Amherst, N.H.) were both Second Team honorees while Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn.), Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J.), Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) and Ally Stager (Reading, Mass.) were all named to the All-Rookie Team.

America East also announced the All-Academic Team and Duclos received that distinction for the second consecutive year.

Kaplan, a unanimous selection and repeat First Team honoree from last season, has tallied 50 points on 24 goals and 26 assists to lead UNH in both points and assists; she is also third in goals and fourth in caused turnovers. The senior attacker and tri-captain ranks second in America East in assists per game and fifth in points per game. In six league games, Kaplan finished with 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists). She has recorded a point in 15 of 16 games this season with 12 multiple-point efforts. Kaplan has a nine-game point-scoring streak in which she has tallied 33 points (17g, 16a). Her season highlights included a seven-point effort (3g, 4a) at Stony Brook University as well as her 100th career goal and 150th career point.

Duclos, a junior tri-captain who has been feted to the First Team all three years as a Wildcat, leads the team in both ground balls (34) and caused turnovers (31) and ranks second in caused turnovers (13). The defender is one of two 'Cats who has reached double digits in all three statistics. And with nine goals on 18 shots, Duclos ranks third in shooting percentage. She also has three assists to her credit for a total of 12 points. Duclos recorded multiple ground balls seven of the last nine games and eight times overall this season; that included a season-high of seven at Yale University (also credited with a season-high four caused turnovers and two draw controls in that game).

Keagins, a 2009 All-Rookie Team selection, has recorded double digits in goals (25), assists (14), ground balls (30), caused turnovers (28) and draw controls (28) – she is the only Wildcat to accomplish that feat. The sophomore midfielder leads the team in caused turnovers and ranks second in goals, assists points, ground balls and draw controls. Keagins is ranked third in America East in caused turnovers per game, and in six league games she tallied 22 points (14g, 8a). She has scored a goal in 15 of 16 games with seven multiple-goal efforts as part of 11 multiple-point games. Her other 2010 America East accolades included Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week.

Cohen, another 2009 All-Rookie Team honoree, has recorded 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points to rank third on the team in assists and fifth in points. The sophomore midfielder also ranks fourth in draw controls (18) and fifth in both ground balls (19) and caused turnovers (eight). Cohen has a point in 10 of 16 games with nine multiple-point efforts, seven of which have been in the past nine games. She tallied 15 points (4g, 11a) in six America East games, and that included a personal best of four assists in the regular-season finale at the University of Vermont; the four points matched her career high.

Curro, a sophomore attacker, leads the team in both goals (28) and shooting percentage (.560); 48 of her 50 shots have been on goal for a 96.0% accuracy percentage that is also tops on the team. In other stats, Curro ranks fourth in points (36) and fifth in assists (eight). In six America East league games, she tallied 16 points (14g, 2a), including a career-high six goals against UMBC; the six points also marked a personal best. Curro has recorded a point in 14 of 16 games with 10 multiple-point efforts and seven multiple-goal performances.

Casiano, a three-time Rookie of the Week selection, has recorded 12 points with 10 goals and two assists in 14 games (11 starts). The freshman midfielder tallied 11 of those points (10g, 1a) in six America East league games. Casiano scored a goal in five consecutive games with four multiple-goal efforts in that span. She tallied career highs in both goals (three) and points (four) against the University at Albany.

O'Keefe has started nine of the last 11 games in goal for the Wildcats and played 86% of the minutes in that span. In 11 games overall this season, she has a 5-5 record with an 11.13 goals-against-average and .414 save percentage; she also ranks third on the team with 24 ground balls. O'Keefe started five America East league games and went 3-2 with a 9.75 GAA and .405 save percentage. She made her first career start against second-ranked University of Maryland and recorded a career-high 14 saves.

Simpson, another three-time Rookie of the Week honoree, has compiled 25 points (18g, 7a) in 14 games. The freshman attacker recorded eight points (6g, 2a) in six America East league games. Simpson had a point in 11 of 14 games, including a career-high six points against Fairfield University in which she finished with five goals and an assist. She also had a five-point effort vs. Colgate University and four points at Yale University.

Stager, a freshman defender, has 13 starts in playing all 16 games. Statistically, she has contributed 19 ground balls – tied for fifth on the team – and 19 draw controls, which ranks third, as well as two goals and three assists. Stager's season highlights included the game at Yale in which she finished with three ground balls, one caused turnover, two draw controls and one assist. In the last two games, Stager tallied totals of one ground ball, one caused turnover and five draw controls.

New Hampshire (10-6 overall, 4-2 America East) is the third seed of the 2010 America East Championship and will play Boston University (9-8, 5-1) in a May 6 semifinal at the University at Albany's John fallen Field. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
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