Three Jeffs Named to All-NESCAC Team

Contact: Ben Badua

Meredith LaRose '12
Alex Philie '14
Allie Horwitz '12

HADLEY, Mass. - Alex Philie ’14 (East Sandwich, Mass.), Meredith LaRose ’12 (Cranford, N.J.) and Allie Horwitz ’12 (Woodbridge, Conn.) each earned a spot on the women’s lacrosse All-Conference teams after helping the Jeffs to a 12-4 (7-3 NESCAC) record and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008.

A three-time All-NESCAC honoree, LaRose garnered her second, first-team appointment after leading a stellar defensive unit that tops the conference and ranks fourth nationally in GAA (6.61). Consistently holding teams well below their scoring averages, the Jeff defense kept #8 Colby to its second lowest scoring output in 2012 (7), while limiting #15 Tufts to just four scores.

Holding #6 Middlebury, the league’s highest scoring offense (12.88) to two of its three lowest goal totals this season, the Jeffs also held #5 Trinity, the conference’s second most potent attack (12.29), to its lowest output of the year (6). Causing a team-high 26 turnovers, LaRose ranks second on the squad in ground balls (32), while anchoring a unit that posted an impressive 6.09 GAA in 10 conference games.

An impact player on both sides of the ball, Philie has played an integral role in Amherst’s success this season, ranking third on the team in points (26), goals (21), ground balls (31) and caused turnovers (22) en route to first team honors.

Leading the NESCAC in draw controls (64), she has consistently helped the Purple & White go on the offensive, recording a point in 12 of the team’s 16 games. Making her presence felt during the conference championship, she netted a goal and an assist, while tracking down four ground balls and three caused turnovers against #13 Bowdoin, before notching a pair of scores and winning five draws against the Panthers.

A second team selection, Horwitz has been one of the team’s most consistent attackers, currently sitting second on the squad in several offensive categories, including points (40), goals (29), assists (11) and shot percentage (.468).

Registering a point in 15-straight games following a 7-6 season-opening loss to Colby, Horwitz has been on a tear of late, scoring a goal in the team’s last five outings. Kick-starting the stretch with three goals and two assists in a decisive 20-5 victory over Skidmore, she tucked away a pair of scores in a 7-6 double-overtime triumph over archrival Williams.

Earning Player of the Week honors after netting the game winner against Trinity, to snap the Bantams’ 27-game regular season win streak, she put away four tallies against Bowdoin in the league quarterfinals before finding the back of the net on one of her three shots in a semifinal showdown with Middlebury.

All-NESCAC First Team
A - Carolyn Gorajek '13 - Bowdoin
A - Lindsey McKenna '14 - Colby
A - Joan O'Neill '12 - Bates
M - Alex Philie '14 - Amherst
M - Liz Bruno '12 - Trinity
M - Megan Leonhard '13 - Trinity
M - Kate Pistel '13 - Colby
M - Margaret Souther '13 - Middlebury
D - Meredith LaRose '12 - Amherst
D - Liza Beckler '12 - Trinity
D - Lauren Sokol '12 - Hamilton
GK - Lily Nguyen '12 - Middlebury

All-NESCAC Second Team
A - Allie Horwitz '12 - Amherst
A - Elizabeth Clegg '12 - Bowdoin
A - Kerry Eaton '13 - Tufts
A - Caitlin Irvine '12 - Trinity
A - Lara Kozin '12 - Tufts
M - Claire Donegan '12 - Colby
M - Rachel Friedman ' 12 - Hamilton
M - Katie Ritter ' 15 - Middlebury
D - Kelly Cakert '12 - Tufts
D - Mallory Hinman '13 - Trinity
D - Kirsten Karis ' 14 - Colby
D - Paduda Molloy ' 14 - Bowdoin
GK - Michelle Burt '14 - Colby

Player of the Year
Liz Bruno '12 (Trinity)

Rookie of the Year
Katie Ritter '15 (Middlebury)

Coach of the Year
Kate Livesay (Trinity)