Amherst Places Six on All-Region Squads

Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – Six members of the Amherst College women’s lacrosse team earned All-Region distinction from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) on Tuesday, with Heath Cockrell ’15, Hillary Densen ’13, Christy Forrest ’16, Meghan Mills ’15 and Alex Philie ’14 all landing on the Berkshire Region First Team while Priscilla Tyler ’15 picked up a second-team nod.

The team’s six honorees matched Trinity for tops among NESCAC programs, with all of the Bantams’ selections earning spots on the 16-person first team. Each of the All-Region performers is now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-America teams, which will be announced on May 9.

Densen and Tyler enjoyed terrific seasons on the Amherst attack en route to their regional recognition. Leading the way as a senior was Densen, who paced the squad with 44 points while ranking third in the NESCAC with 25 assists alongside 19 goals. Tyler was the team’s top finisher, netting a squad-best 27 markers along with an impressive .860 shot-on-goal percentage. Densen’s signature moment came in a four-goal, six-assist effort on Senior Day against Williams while Tyler struck for a career high eight goals at Wesleyan on April 2.

Representing the midfield on the IWLCA squad are Philie and Mills. A versatile force, Philie followed up her 2012 All-Region season with an impressive junior campaign, ranking fourth on the team in points as she tallied 18 goals and 10 assists while also tallying a squad-best 46 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers and trailing only Forrest with 26 ground balls. Mills was similarly well-rounded, tallying 17 points (15 goals, two assists) while notching 31 draw controls, 17 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.

Finally, Cockrell and Forrest were key parts of an Amherst defense which limited opponents to just over eight goals per contest and a .407 shot percentage. Cockrell started all 15 games in the back, collecting 19 ground balls while trailing only Philie with 15 caused turnovers. Meanwhile, Forrest emerged as one of the NESCAC’s top goalies as a rookie, ranking second in the league with a .541 save percentage as she posted a 7.82 goals-against average and scooped up a team-best 27 ground balls over 14 appearances in net.

To view the complete IWLCA All-Region Teams, click here.