WINTHROP, Mass. – Mount Ida College sophomore transfer Brooke Scahill (Ledyard, Conn.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's lacrosse Rookie of the Year, headlining four selections from the Mustangs as the 2017 All-Conference teams were announced on Tuesday by the conference office.
Scahill was named to the Second Team at the attack position, while fellow attack Alyssa Kelly (Lee, Mass.) was selected as a member of the GNAC First Team.
Defender Molly Thompson (Canterbury, Conn.) joined Scahill on the Second Team, while attack Emily McConnell was selected as a Third Team honoree. It was the first All-Conference selections for each of them, both in their junior seasons.
Consistently among the top ten in the country in scoring throughout the year, Kelly is currently ranked sixth in the nation with 77 goals and 7th in the nation with 105 points. She is the first Mount Ida player to top the 100-point mark in a single season, and she reached the 100-goal career milestone in just a season and a half.
Ranked number one in the GNAC in points and number two in assists (28), Kelly tied a program record with 12 points (8 goals and 4 assists) in a conference win over Albertus Magnus. She also was tops on the Mustangs and seventh in the conference with 30 caused turnovers, was named Mount Ida Female Athlete of the Year, and received the Mighty Award for Best Individual Performance for that game against the Falcons.
Scahill is the second consecutive Mount Ida women's lacrosse player to earn Rookie of the Year honors, following in Kelly's footsteps. She was second in the conference and set a new Mount Ida single-season program record with 100 draw controls. Scahill was also an impressive scorer, ranking fourth in the conference with 55 goals and third overall with 75 points.
Thompson, who was also named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team as Mount Ida's representative, caused 14 turnovers as one of the top defenders in the GNAC. She also scored her first career goal and was selected to the GNAC All-Tournament Team.
Another top ten scorer in the GNAC, McConnell had a breakout year in which she tallied 62 points on 43 goals and 19 assists. McConnell moved from defense to attack and also had a career high 38 ground balls this season while still causing 10 turnovers and winning 12 draw controls.
Mount Ida women's lacrosse enjoyed the most successful season in program history. With a 14-5 overall record, Mount Ida hosted and won their first ever home playoff game and earned their second ever trip to the GNAC semifinals, where they fell to eventual champions Johnson & Wales. This year's team blew away previous single-season records for points, goals, assists, save percentage and goals against average.