Eight members of the Middlebury College women's lacrosse team were honored when the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its All-Pilgrim Region teams. Senior Emma McDonagh (Reading, Mass.), junior Julia Keith (North Andover, Mass.), sophomores Addy Mitchell (Medfield, Mass.), Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Emma White (Dover, Mass.) and rookie Jane Earley (North Falmouth, Mass.) were named to the first team, while senior Alex White (Dover, Mass.) and junior Emily Barnard (Wayland, Mass.) earned spots on the second team. The Panthers (20-1) continue play this weekend in Ashland, Virginia, facing Wesleyan in the NCAA Semifinals on May 25.
McDonagh is now a two-time all-region honoree to go along with three All-NESCAC selections. The 2018 All-American leads Middlebury in scoring with 71 points on 54 goals and 17 assists. The attacker recorded points in 20-21 contests this spring, including a six-goal performance in a victory against Plymouth State.
Keith earns her first all-region accolade in the crease for the Panthers. She ranks fifth nationally with a 6.28 goals against average with an 18-1 record. She has won her last 18 decisions and earlier this season finished with a career-high 11 saves in a 7-6 road win against #8 York (Pa.).
In just two seasons, Mitchell has earned numerous honors, earning all-region and all-conference accolades each spring. This season, the defender set a single-season record with 64 ground balls and is tied for the single-season mark in caused turnovers with 43. Both of those figures lead the NESCAC.
Nicholas previously captured All-NESCAC honors and adds her first all-region laurel at the midfield position. She is a key component in Middlebury's offense helping the team gain possession with a team-high 69 draw controls. Nicholas also ranks among the team leaders in goals (22), ground balls (33) and caused turnovers (24).
Emma White is a first-time all-region pick, who has started all 21 games on defense for the Panthers. Middlebury tops the NESCAC and ranks 10th in Division III in team defense, allowing 6.61 goals per game. White is second on the team with 40 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers.
Earley has enjoyed a very successful first season with the Panthers, garnering first-team all-region and second-team all-conference accolades. She ranks second on the team with 45 goals and is third with 61 points. In the NESCAC Championship, she factored in on eight of Middlebury's 10 goals in a 10-9 victory over Tufts. The attacker has also won 39 draw controls and scooped up 24 ground balls.Barnard receives her first citation, adding to a balanced Panther offense. She has tallied a career-high 43 goals this season and is second on the team with 62 points, including a team-best 19 assists. Twice this season Barnard has recorded five goals in a game and has already picked up 13 points (7g, 6a) in three NCAA Tournament games.
Alex White, who earned her first citation, is another key contributor on Middlebury's nationally-ranked defense. White missed the first four games of the season and in her 16 starts, the team has yet to allow an opponent to score in double figures. She has caused 21 turnovers and won 35 ground balls.