Five Women's Lacrosse Players Named All-American, Six All-N.E.
June 2, 2004
6/2/04 - Five members of the Middlebury College women's lacrosse team were named to the IWLCA/U.S. Lacrosse All-American teams. Seniors Nuala O'Donohoe (Needham, Mass), Becca Brakeley (Middlebury, Vt.) and Sarah Grenert (Sewickley, Pa.) were all named to the first-team, while junior Caitlin McCormick (Plymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Elizabeth Renehan (St. Davids, Pa.) were given second-team honors. All five helped lead Middlebury to a perfect 19-0 season with the team's fourth NCAA Championship.
O'Donohoe earns All-American status for the third consecutive season. She was also an All-Conference selection for the third straight year after being named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in '01. She led the team this season with a single-season record of 68 goals to go along with her 18 assists for 86 points. O'Donohoe ends her career tied for third on the school's all-time goal scoring list with 186. She ranks fourth overall on points with 234 over her four years.
Brakeley earns first-team All-American honors, after earning first-team All-NESCAC honors. The All-NESCAC Academic selection helped anchor the nation's best defense in '04. Middlebury allowed just 5.84 goals/game, allowing 10 or more goals just twice on the season.
The backbone of that defense was Grenert, the Panther's goalkeeper. The senior earns All-American honors for the second time. She played 955 of 1140 minutes in net this season, leading the nation with a 5.97 goals against average. She also had a .601 save percentage, while making 143 saves. She ends her career third on the school's all-time save list with 549, second in GAA with a 5.59 and third in save percentage with a .611.
Renehan was named the second team after earning her first post-season award as a first-team All-NESCAC selection in the midfield. The sophomore finished the season second on the team with 36 goals and 21 assists for 57 points on the season. Last season, Renehan earned NESCAC Rookie of the year honors.
Also earning second-team honors was McCormick. The midfielder was a big part of the team's defense this year, while also getting in on the offense. She ended the season with seven goals and four assists for 11 points in '04.
The five also earned first-team All-New England honors, along with first-year player Kim Walker (Ridgewood, N.J.). Walker had a great rookie season with 29 goals and nine assists for 38 points on the year.