FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Four Monmouth Unversity women's lacrosse members earned 2012 All-Northeast Conference Honors, conference officials announced at Thursday night's banquet.
Junior Gianna D'Urso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex Regional) and sophomore Kaleigh Gibbons (Candia, N.H./Manchester Central/Robert Morris) each earned first team honors, while senior Sam Lillo (Short Hills, N.J./Milburn) was named to the second team and goalie Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary School) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
D'Urso, who was a second team selection a year ago at midfielder, had a stellar year at defender for the Hawks. The junior led the team in caused turnovers (30) and was second in ground balls (33), while ranking in the top-20 in the nation in caused turnovers per game. D'Urso anchored a defense comprised entirely of underclassmen. The senior was also a weapon on draw controls, finishing with 14 in the season.
Gibbons, a sophomore from Candia, N.H., earns First Team All-NEC honors after leading the Hawks in assists with 18 and finishing with a total of 36 points. Her 18 goals and 36 points rank third on MU in 2012. Gibbons also contributed with 18 ground balls, 18 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers in the midfield. A consistent scoring threat for the Hawks, Gibbons registered at least a point in all but one game this season.
Lillo earns picks up Second Team All-NEC honors for the second consecutive season after leading Monmouth in goals with 35 markers. The senior registered multiple point efforts in 11 games and had a team-leading 32 draw controls. In a win over Wagner, Lillo tied a 12 year old Monmouth record with eight goals in a single game. The Short Hills, N.J., native has registered 70 goals in her career, the most of any current Hawk.
Donohoe started every game in net for the Hawks. The Peterborough, Ontario product ranks 15th in the nation in saves with 134. Active outside the crease, Donohoe finished first on the team in ground balls with 42 and second in caused turnovers with 16. Donohoe was named NEC Defensive Player once and Rookie of the Week once during the season for her efforts in MU wins. Donohoe now joins D'Urso as the only two Hawks to be named to the All-Rookie Team, which is in its third year.
Monmouth, which finished the season with a 6-3 conference mark, qualified as the three seed in the 2012 NEC Tournament. The Hawks will face No. 2 seed Quinnipiac tomorrow at 3:30 pm in a game hosted on Sacred Heart's campus.
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