Densen, Philie Earn All-NESCAC Honors

Contact: Matthew Hart

HADLEY, Mass. – Amherst College attacker Hillary Densen ’13 was named to the All-NESCAC First Team on Wednesday with midfielder Alex Philie ’14 earning second-team honors as the conference released its 2013 postseason awards for women’s lacrosse.

After a standout senior season, Densen’s recognition marks the first All-NESCAC honor of her career while Philie lands on the second team after garnering first-team praise as a sophomore in 2012. Trinity senior Megan Leonhard took home NESCAC Player of the Year honors while Tufts’ Caroline Ross and Carol Rappoli were named Rookie and Coach of the Year, respectively.

A native of Summit, N.J., Densen led the way for the Amherst attack in 2013, pacing the squad with 44 points as she scored 19 times and ranked third in the NESCAC with 25 assists. The senior was especially lethal against Amherst’s Little Three rivals, tallying a goal and six assists in a 15-6 win at Wesleyan on April 2 before erupting for four strikes and six helpers in a 16-7 Senior Day thrashing of Williams on April 20. She also turned in a three-goal, three-assist effort against Bates on March 10 before scoring twice and handing out a trio of helpers against Skidmore on April 16, an effort which combined with her Williams heroics to bring home NESCAC Player of the Week honors.

Meanwhile, Philie followed up her second-team All-America 2012 season with another solid year as the anchor of Amherst’s midfield. A force on both ends of the field, she ranked fifth in the conference with 46 draw controls while tallying 18 goals and 10 assists as the team’s fourth-leading scorer. The junior was also a defensive presence, leading the team with 21 caused turnovers while ranking second in ground balls (26). The East Sandwich, Mass. native also starred in the Williams game, netting five goals along with two assists. She caused a season-high five turnovers at No. 3 Middlebury on April 6 while also turning in a big effort at Elizabethtown on March 21 with five ground balls and 10 draw controls.