Women's Lax Quintet Receives America East Year-End Accolades

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.), a senior midfielder and captain on the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, highlighted a total of five Wildcats who received conference recognition with her selection to the America East All-Conference First Team, the league announced Wednesday. Earlier in the week, Keagins was announced the 2012 America East Women's Lacrosse Fans' Choice Player of the Year.

Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass.), another senior midfielder and captain, was named to the All-Conference Second Team while freshman midfielder Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) was an All-Rookie Team selection.

Junior attack Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore defender Jamie DePetris (Radnor, Pa.) were voted to the All-Academic Team; Simpson also received this distinction last year. A student-athlete (of at least sophomore academic standing) must have a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.30 and be a starter or prominent reserve who has played in at least 50% of the team's games this season to be eligible for the All-Academic Team.

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Keagins, who was a First Team honoree in 2010, led UNH in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers; she also ranked second in goals (29 – personal best), points (38) and shots (63), as well as fourth in shooting percentage (.460). Keagins is the America East conference leader – and is ranked 15th nationally – in caused turnovers per game. In conference-only games, she tallied 11 goals and six assists for 17 points.

Keagins started 15 of 16 games and recorded a point in all but the last game of the season with 12 multiple-point efforts, which included seven multiple-goal games. She recorded at least one ground ball every game (nine multiple-GB games), a ground ball in 14 of 16 (nine multi-GBs) and a CTO in all but two games (12 multi-CTOs). Her season highlights included five goals at Columbia University and five points (four goals, one assist) at nationally-ranked Stanford University; she tallied three goals, three GB, three CTO and four DC against Binghamton University.

Cohen, a 2011 First Team and 2010 Second Team honoree, is the only 'Cat to record double digits in goals (16), assists (20), ground balls (23), draw controls (13) and caused turnovers (17). She led the Wildcats in assists; she also ranked second in caused turnovers, third in points, ground balls and shots as well as fourth in draw controls and fifth in goal. In six America East games, she recorded 13 points (nine goals, four assists).

Cohen, who was one of two Wildcats to start every game, recorded a point in 13 of 16 games with 12 multiple-point efforts, which included seven multiple-goal games and six multiple-assist performances. She tallied a ground ball in 14 of 16 games and a caused turnover in 11 contests. Cohen's season highlights included a career-high four assists against nationally-ranked Vanderbilt and a four-point effort (1g, 3a) at Lehigh University; she finished with three points (2g, 1a), three GB and three CTO at Boston University.

Puccia, a two-time America East Rookie of the Week selection who played in all 16 games with 15 starts, was New Hampshire's leader in goals (34), points (41) and shots (65). She is the first UNH freshman to record 30-plus goals and 40-plus points since 2006 (Sarah von Bargen), and Puccia is the first rookie to lead the Wildcats in goals since 1988, when Liz Brickley also led the squad in points. Puccia also ranked second in draw controls and shooting percentage (.523) as well as fifth in assists. She was UNH's top point producer in league action with 18 points (15g, 3a) in six games.

Puccia ended the year with a 10-game goal-scoring streak and she scored a goal in 15 of 16 games overall with nine multiple-goal efforts as part of 10 multiple-point performances. She recorded personal bests in goals (five), points (six) and draw controls (five) against nationally-ranked Vandy. Puccia finished with five points (3g, 2a) at Boston University and had four-point efforts against UMBC (4g), Binghamton (3g, 1a) and Columbia (2g, 2a).

Simpson, a sport studies major with a 3.56 GPA, had a team-high .545 shooting percentage, ranked third in goals (24) and fourth in points (30); the 30 points matched her personal best established last season. Simpson, who appeared in every game with 11 starts, scored a goal in 13 of 16 games with five multiple-goal efforts as part of seven multiple-point games. She matched her career high of six points with four goals and two assists against Binghamton. She followed that with five points (3g, 2a) vs. nationally-ranked Vanderbilt.

DePetris, a business administration major with a 3.88 GPA, played in all 16 games and was in the starting lineup seven times. Her statistics included 10 ground balls, five caused turnovers and one draw control. DePetris had two ground balls and one caused turnover at Lehigh University and duplicated those numbers in the regular-season finale against nationally-ranked Boston College.

New Hampshire finished the 2012 season with a 5-11 overall record that included 2-4 in America East.

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