Four members of the Middlebury women's lacrosse team were honored when the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its All-American teams. Senior Mary O'Connell (Norwell, Mass.) and junior Hollis Perticone (Darien, Conn.) were named to the first team, while senior Delaina Smith (Yardley, Pa.) and sophomore Kate Furber (Manchester, Mass.) round out the Panther recipients with third-team laurels. The quartet is preparing to lead the Panthers when they travel to New Jersey for an NCAA Regional this weekend.
O'Connell, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and first-team all-region recipient, has had a productive spring, leading the team in points (69) and assists (30), while her 39 goals are tied for the team lead. The attacker's 69 points lead the league, while her 30 assists are second. O'Connell has recorded at least one point in 18 of 19 games this season, including an eight-point output (4-4-8) on March 5 in a win over Connecticut College. This season she became the third player in program history to record 100 career assists, entering this weekend with 110. O'Connell goes into Saturday's contest with 238 career points, tying her with Kristin Hanley '03 for third all-time at Middlebury. She was also named the IWLCA Fast Break Division III Offensive Player of the Week on May 4.
Perticone, the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year and an All-NESCAC selection, is having a tremendous season. The first-team all-region midfielder has a conference leading 73 draw controls, including a career-high nine in the regular-season finale against Williams. She ranks third on the team in points (40), goals (31) and caused turnovers (19), while her 28 ground balls are fourth. Perticone is closing in 100 career points, entering the NCAA Regional with 98 on 69 goals and 29 assists.
Smith has appeared in all 19 games this season, leading the team and ranking third in the NESCAC with 29 caused turnovers. She was previously named All-NESCAC First Team and her 34 ground balls are third on the squad and among the conference leaders. The first-team all-region defender has also collected 14 draw controls. Smith posted season-best totals of five ground balls and five caused turnovers, as well as scoring three times during an April 8 home victory over Bates.
Furber has started the last 14 games for the Panthers in goal and has played in 18. She leads the NESCAC in save percentage (52.9), ranks second in victories (13) and third in goals against average (7.12). In a win over Amherst this spring, the Second-Team All-NESCAC performer recorded a career-high 13 saves. A first-team all-region recipient, she was also named the IWLCA Fast Break Division III Defensive Player of the Week on April 6.
The Panthers play The College at Brockport in the NCAA Regional semifinal on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to take the victor of The College of New Jersey and Mount Union the following day.