DURHAM, N.H. - Katie Leland (Timonium, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was named to the IWLCA Northeast Region All-America First Team and teammates Kristin Blanchette (Sudbury, Mass.) and Christine Carbone (Nashua, N.H.) were Second Team honorees, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced Wednesday. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America Team that will be announced May 30.
Leland, a senior attacker who was named to the regional Second Team a year ago and to the First Team in 2004, completed the 2006 season with 53 goals and 29 assists for 82 points to lead the Wildcats in all three statistics. On UNH's list of single-season superlatives, those numbers rank second in points, fourth in assists and seventh in goals. Leland is UNH's all-time leader in both goals (179) and points (270) as well as second in assists (91).
Leland earned two America East Player of the Week awards en route to her third consecutive selection to the All-Conference First Team. Her season highs included six goals vs. then-18th ranked Towson University, four assists vs. Marist College and eight points against Brown University. This year also included three seven-point games and four six-point games as she recorded six (or more) points in seven consecutive games. She recorded at least one point in all 18 games with 16 multiple-point efforts, including 14 multiple-goal and 10 multiple-assist games.
Blanchette, a senior midfielder who was named to the America East All-Conference First Team earlier this month, led this year's UNH team in draw controls and ranked second in points (56), assists (18) and ground balls as well as third in goals (38). She was the only Wildcat player to record double digits in goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. Blanchette recorded a point in 14 of 17 games with 13 multiple-point efforts that included 12 multiple-goal and four multiple-assist games. She scored a career high of six goals vs. UMBC on April 8 and recorded a personal best of four assists one game earlier at the University of Vermont, as well as a career-high six points in successive games vs. the University at Albany, Vermont and UMBC. Blanchette compiled career totals of 112 goals and 39 assists for 151 points to rank tied for eighth on the program's all-time goals list and ninth in career points.
Carbone, a junior defender who was an All-Conference First Team selection for the second consecutive year, led the team in both ground balls (54) and caused turnovers (25). She recorded four or more ground balls in a game seven times, including a season-high seven in the season opener vs. the College of the Holy Cross. Carbone was also credited with a season-high seven caused turnovers in that game and had a total of eight games with multiple caused turnovers. She recorded her only point of the season with a goal at the University of Vermont on April 5.
These three captains guided the 2006 Wildcats to an 11-7 record, a conference record ninth consecutive appearance in the America East Championship tournament and to the tourney title game for the fifth time in as many years.