GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Seven Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) women’s lacrosse student-athletes were recognized by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) earlier this month when the All-Region Teams were announced.
The IWLCA honored 256 student-athletes in Division III with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2017.
Two Endicott Gulls received the highest honors among the CCC group as senior attack Meghan Lennon (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore goalkeeper Bella Rino (Northborough, Mass.) were both named to the All-Pilgrim Region First Team.
Two more Gulls were recognized as Second Team honorees. They were senior defender Chelsea Burke (Georgetown, Mass.) and senior attack Emily Whitney (Rye, N.H.). A couple from Roger Williams, senior goalkeeper Kimberly Bolk (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Kaelin Hogan (Bethel, Conn.), were also Second Team Selections. The University of New England’s Jolena Lampron (Lyman, Maine) also garnered Second Team accolades.
MEGHAN LENNON, ENDICOTT, FIRST TEAM PILGRIM REGION
Lennon earned her first All-Pilgrim Region honor and second overall All-Region, as she made a statement return to the field this season after missing all of last year due to injury. Lennon started all 19 games for the Gulls and was Endicott's points (85), goals (51), and assists leader (34) this season. This season, Lennon paced the squad with a career-high eight points against Emerson on Senior Day on April 15 with four goals and a game-best four assists. Lennon also dished out a career-high five assists at Babson on April 29. Additionally, Lennon was third on the team with 49 draw controls and is second on the squad with 33 ground balls.
BELLA RINO, ENDICOTT, FIRST TEAM PILGRIM REGION
Rino, a first-time All-Pilgrim Region honoree, was the sixth student-athlete (second consecutive) in Endicott women's lacrosse program history to be named CCC Defensive Player of the Year, but is the first goalkeeper in the 22-year history of the team to collect All-Region First Team honors. Rino was 10-2 in cage this season with 12 starts and 17 appearances. Rino, a three-time CCC Defensive Player of the Week, went a perfect 10-0 against conference foes as an instrumental part of Endicott's success all season long. Rino boasts the third-best save percentage in the country (58.4 percent) and is currently ranked ninth in the nation in goals against average (6.37) for goalkeepers who have played in at least 60 percent of the team's minutes.
CHELSEA BURKE, ENDICOTT, SECOND TEAM PILGRIM REGION
Burke, last season's CCC Defensive Player of the Year, is now a two-time All-Pilgrim Region Second Team choice. In her final campaign, Burke was third on the team in caused turnovers (22) and finished sixth on the team with 28 ground balls. As one of Endicott's four senior captains, Burke started all 19 games and scored her lone goal of the season in the team's record-breaking victory at Wentworth (26-2) on April 3. Defensively, Burke's best statistical games this season came against No. 20 Colby in which she scooped up a career-high five ground balls and caused three turnovers, in addition to a career-high four caused turnovers and two ground balls against Gordon in the CCC Semifinals on May 3.
EMILY WHITNEY, ENDICOTT, SECOND TEAM PILGRIM REGION
Whitney is the Gulls' only four-year member of an All-Region team with four straight Second Team accolades, adding to her lengthy list of career accomplishments. With 19 starts this season, she finished second on the team in points (79), goals (50), and assists (29). Whitney led the team with 50 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. Statistically speaking, Whitney is third all-time in program history with 273 career points, fourth in goals (188), fourth in assists (85), and sixth in caused turnovers (67). She also ranks second all-time in points per game (3.79) and man-up goals (9), as well as third in free-position goals (32), and led the Gulls in goals scored in each of her first three seasons. Whitney, a three-time CCC Offensive Player of the Week this season, tallied 14 multi-goal games on the year, including the last 11 consecutive outings notching at least three goals. Of her 79 points this season, 61 points have come in the past 11 games, including a season-high five goals on Senior Day against Emerson on April 15 to match her season-high with seven points.
KIM BOLK, ROGER WILLIAMS, SECOND TEAM PILGRIM REGION
Bolk ended her year with another strong season in net for Roger Williams in her fourth season as the Hawks' starting goalkeeper. She led the CCC with 13 wins on the season while ranking third with a .475 save percentage and sixth with 114 saves. Her 7.59 goals-against average is second-best in the CCC and has only allowed 44 goals in conference play, also second-best in the conference.
KAELIN HOGAN, ROGER WILLIAMS, SECOND TEAM PILGRIM REGION
Hogan was an offensive force for the Hawks this year. She finished the season with 95 points to lead the CCC and currently ranks 16th in all of NCAA Division III. In addition, she also led the conference with 40 assists. That total also ties her for 26th nationally. In scoring on the year, she tallied 55 goals, ranking her tied for fourth in the CCC. She also had 40 draw controls.
JOLENA LAMPRON, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND, SECOND TEAM PILGRIM REGION
Lampron was an All-CCC First Team selection this spring after providing UNE with stellar defensive play. She led the conference in ground balls (65), while finishing second in caused turnovers (49). The junior defender also made her way forward to register 20 points on 16 goals and four assists, which were all career-bests.
The majority of the information in this release is courtesy of the IWLCA, Endicott, Roger Williams, and University of New England Sports Information Departments.
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The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.