Women's Lacrosse Players Earn Regional/All-American Honors

May 29, 2009

Seven members of the Middlebury College women's lacrosse team have been named to the IWLCA All-Regional team, while a pair of Panthers earned All-American honors. Senior Taryn Petrelli (Harrison, N.Y.) was a first-team All-American selection, while sophomore Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) earned a spot on the second team. The duo, along with senior Blair Bowie (Washington, D.C.), were all first-team All-Region honorees. Senior Caroline Kirkendoll (Telluride, Colo.), junior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.), along with sophomores Taylor Brown (Englewood, Colo.) and Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) each earned a spot on the second team. The group helped lead the Panthers to an 11-6 record with their 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Petrelli earns first-team All-American honors after a stellar season on the Middlebury defense. The All-NESCAC selection helped lead a Middlebury defense that allowed a league-best 8.56 goals/game this season. Petrelli led the team with 26 caused turnovers in '09, while picking up 32 ground balls with 18 draw controls. She also scored her first career goal in an April 24th win at Williams in the NESCAC regular season finale. Petrelli has played in 68 career games with 99 ground balls and 70 caused turnovers.

Delano was a second-team All-American selection after earning first-team All-NESCAC honors. She led the Panthers this season with 55 goals, placing her second in the NESCAC with 3.24 goals/contest. She also notched a dozen assists to earn 67 points, placing her third (3.94 ppg) among her NESCAC peers. Delano was second on the team with 30 draw controls, while earning 13 ground balls. The sophomore opened the season with six goals at Bates, later scoring six goals once again in a victory over Trinity. Delano now has 80 goals in 30 career games, to go along with 19 assists.

A second-team All-NESCAC selection, Bowie earned a first-team spot on the All-Region squad as she did back in '07. The senior played 97% of the team's minutes in goal this season, sporting an 11-6 record. She finished the season with an 8.58 goals against average with a .493 save percentage, stopping 139 shots this season. Bowie played almost 3,800 minutes in her four seasons, with a record of 54-15, including an 8.23 goals against average.

Kirkendoll ended the season playing in all 17 games for the Panthers. She scored 11 goals and added nine assists for 20 points. She scooped up 30 ground balls, while leading the team with 43 draw controls to go along with 15 caused turnovers. The senior middie ends her career with 24 goals in 65 games.

Heritage ended the season with a team-high 26 assists to place her fifth in the NESCAC (1.53 apg). She also netted 36 goals for 62 total points (3.65 ppg), sixth in the league. The former NESCAC rookie of the year has 97 goals and 38 assists for 135 career points in 51 games at attack.

Brown started 13 games this season for the Panthers, missing four due to an injury in the midfield. She led all field players with 34 ground balls to go along with 25 caused turnovers, just one shy of Petrelli's team-lead. The sophomore earned 21 draw controls while scoring a pair of goals in '09.

Ryan earns second-team All-Region honors for the second straight season. The sophomore was second on the team with 42 goals this season, to go along with 18 points for 60 points. She earned 22 ground balls, 19 draw controls and 14 caused turnovers on the year. Ryan now has 66 goals in 33 career games.