Women's Lax Players Earn Regional Honors - Ryan & Nguyen Are All-Americans

May 31, 2011

Five Middlebury College women’s lacrosse players were honored when the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association) announced its All-Region teams. Senior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and junior Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) were named to the first-team, while junior Elizabeth Garry (Mamoroneck, N.Y.) and sophomores Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.), along with Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) were named to the second-team. Ryan and Nguyen were also honored as first-team All-Americans.

Ryan earns a spot on the All-Region team for the third time, earning second-team honors in ’08 and a spot on the first-team in ’09. Ryan recently capped a decorated four-year career with the Panther field hockey and lacrosse team. She ends her women’s lacrosse career with 148 goals and 61 assists for 209 points in 65 games. Her point total ties her for seventh all-time at Middlebury, while her goals place her 10th on the school’s all-time list.

Ryan finished the season with 60 goals and 16 assists for 76 points. Aside from leading the team in goals and points, she also paced the squad with 122 shots, 38 ground balls, 37 draw controls and 34 caused turnovers. She led the NESCAC with 3.53 goals/game, .76 free position goals and 7.18 shots. The senior ranked second with 2.0 caused turnovers and third with 4.47 points, while being among the top 10 in ground balls and draw controls. She scored in all but one game this season, earning three or more goals 14 times.


Nguyen finished the year 9-5 with a 9.25 GAA and a .510 save percentage in goal for the Panthers. She started all but one game in goal this season, making 150 saves in 934 minutes. Nguyen made 10+ saves seven times this season, including 18 in an April 2nd setback at Colby. The first-team All-NESCAC selection owns a career GAA of 9.27, with a 17-12 record and a .519 save percentage.

Garry played in all 17 games this season for the Panthers on attack. She was third on the team with 23 goals and fourth with 26 points, adding three assists along the way. Garry had six multiple-goal games this season, including four in an April 9th win over Bowdoin. She now has 58 goals in 46 career games.

Halle finished the season second only to Ryan with 26 goals this year. She was tied with Ryan for the team-lead with 16 helpers, while owning 42 points to place her second among her teammates. Her 1.8 assists/game placed her 12th in the NESCAC, while her 2.62 points put her 14th among her NESCAC peers. Halle found the back of the net in 13 of 16 games this year, scoring five with two assists in a win over Stevens on March 29th.

Souther earns a spot on the second-team in the midfield. She finished the season third on the squad with 30 points this season, earning 22 goals and eight assists. Souther scored in five of the first six games this year, scoring nine goals during a three-game stretch in mid-April.