SUNDAY, MAY 06, 2012
Dolphins take home a tank full of NLC awards
Rachel Hannon is the NLC co-Player of the Year.
Rachel Hannon is the NLC co-Player of the Year.
DAVIDSON, N.C. – JU defensive star Rachel Hannon was named co-Player of the Year, four Dolphins were named to the National Lacrosse Conference first team and a freshman was named Top Newcomer in league awards announced Saturday. Eleven were named to the All-Academic team.

Hannon, from Annapolis, Md., has had a stellar year in which she has 123 draw controls for season, just three away from tying the all-time NCAA record. She set the school record for draws in a game with 13 the All-American candidate also was named the NLC’s top defender and to the first team defense. She also has 28 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers. She and High Point attacker Mackenzie Carroll shared the top Player of the Year award.

Joining her on the first team defense is senior Jess Hotchkiss (Manlius, N.Y.) who has a team-leading 33 ground balls to go with 20 caused turnovers. Hotchkiss this weekend became the first Dolphin to graduate from the program.

Sophomore Brittney Orashen (Lebanon, N.J.) was named to the NLC first team at midfield. Orashen earned a starting spot about halfway through the season and has responded with 29 goals, four assists, 37 draw controls, 27 ground balls and 10 turnovers. The team’s leading scorer, Ali Hoffman (Gambrills, Md.) was named to the first team attack. Hoffman has 36 goals, 27 assists for 63 points, 17 ground balls and nine caused turnovers and has been the team’s most consistent player this year.

Freshman Holly Ventimiglia (Medford, N.Y.) was named the league’s top newcomer and with good reason. She has 18 goals, 13 assists and 13 ground balls and has started 13 of the 18 games in which she has played.

Two Dolphins were named to the NLC second team.

Morgan Derner, who leads the team in goals with 44 has 97 for her career, is on the attack team. Derner Saturday set the school record for consecutive games with a goal with 13.

Derner broke the consecutive games record of steady Kaitlin Stewart (xx) who made the NLC second team as a midfielder. Stewart has started all 18 games and has 18 goals, six assists, 26 ground balls and 25 draw controls.

Derner, Hoffman, Hotckhkiss and Stewart all made the NLC All-Academic team. They were joined by sophomores Morgan Basler, Nikki Erdely, Kaylee Quint and Angela Sperbeck and juniors Carly Garrison, Ellyn Spangenberg and Karli Tobin.

NCL First Team All-Conference


Anna Wallingford – High Point


Rachel Hannon – Jacksonville

Jessica Hotchkiss – Jacksonville

Jasmine Jordan – High Point


Brittney Orashen – Jacksonville

Emily Boissonneault – Detroit

Christie Dougherty – High Point

Heather Ziccarelli – High Point


Ali Hoffman – Jacksonville

Ann Fucigna – Davidson

Anna Eidem – Detroit

Mackenzie Carroll – High Point

Second Team All-Conference


Jesscia Melby – Davidson


Diane Girling – Davidson

Chloe McIntosh – Liberty

Kathleen Battle - Longwood


Kaitlin Stewart – Jacksonville

Corina Mahorn – Detroit

Sara Kuhlman – High Point

Kirstin Stenoien – Presbyterian

Hannah Riggs - Longwood


Morgan Derner – Jacksonville

Erin Doherty – Davidson

Grace Gaeng – High Point

Player of the Year

Defense: Rachel Hannon - Jacksonville

Newcomer: Holly Ventimiglia – Jacksonville

Goalie: Anna Wallingford – High Point

Midfield: Christie Dougherty – High Point

Attack: MacKenzie Carroll – High Point

Coach of the Year: Laura Maness - Detroit