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Kelly Named As GNAC Women's Lacrosse Midfielder Of The Year, Mustangs Place Five On All-Conference Squad

Kelly Named As GNAC Women's Lacrosse Midfielder Of The Year, Mustangs Place Five On All-Conference Squad

Mount Ida junior Alyssa Kelly has been named as the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Midfielder of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches and is one of five Mustangs to earn all-league accolades for their respective performances this spring.


Kelly, a native of Lee, Mass. and a graduate of Lee High School, shattered school single-season and career scoring records throughout the recently completed campaign, as she netted 80 goals and 43 assists for 123 points in 17 outings and ranks third nationally in total points as well as sixth in points per game (7.24).  Alyssa, a two-time GNAC Corvias Player of the Week honoree during the spring, scored a season-high 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in a 20-9 victory over Rivier on March 24th, and she became the first player in school history to top the 300-career point mark with a hat trick and four helpers in a 19-8 conference quarterfinal round triumph over Norwich on April 28th.


A three-time first team all-GNAC selection and the league’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2016, Kelly has netted 213 goals and 94 assists for 307 points in 53 contests and holds Mount Ida’s career marks in all three categories.  She was joined on the first team all-GNAC squad by junior midfielder Brooke Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn./Ledyard) and sophomore defender Meghan Sargent (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro Union), while senior goalkeeper Eleanor Garvey (Elkridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) earned second team all-conference accolades and senior attack Hayley Napier (Fairhaven, Mass./Greater New Bedford Voke) copped third team all-league honors.


Scahill finished second to Kelly on the Mustangs’ scoring list with 64 goals and 43 assists for 107 points (a total that ranks 14th nationally in Division III), as she is also ranked second in the country in free position goals per game (1.94).  Brooke, a second-team all-conference pick and the GNAC Rookie of the Year in 2017, scored a school single-game record 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in a 23-12 victory over Wheelock on March 29th, and the two-time GNAC Corvias Player of the Week posted a pair of 12-point performances against Emmanuel and Norwich.  Scahill joins Kelly and former Mount Ida standout Amanda Bowen ’15 as the only three players in program history to reach the century mark in points for a single-season, as she has netted 119 goals and 63 assists for 182 points in 36 contests over the last two years.


Sargent led the Mustang defensive corps with 51 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers while chipping in with nine goals and 10 total points on the offensive side this season, including a pair of free position tallies in the GNAC quarterfinal round victory over Norwich.  Garvey, a four-time GNAC Corvias Goalkeeper of the Week honoree during the year, was named as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) Division III National Defensive Player of the Week on April 11th after a 17-save performance in a 10-7 triumph over Simmons, as she ranks third nationally in total saves (206) and seventh in saves percentage (.571) while posting 12 wins and a 9.12 goals against average.  Eleanor made 10 or more saves in 12 of 17 matches played, including a career-best 23 stops at Johnson & Wales on April 21st.


Napier became the fifth player in school history to reach the 100-goal plateau after netting 33 markers and 10 helpers for 43 total points, as she reached the century mark in tallies with a pair of goals in a 14-3 victory at Saint Joseph (Conn.) on April 10th.  Additionally, freshman attack Jordyn Ringuette (Colchester, Conn./Colchester) was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team, as she scored 30 goals and notched 35 total points during her rookie campaign in 2018.


Mount Ida finished the spring at 12-5 overall under sixth-year Head Coach Nicole Poli, as the Mustangs posted a school-record nine-match winning streak and advanced to the GNAC semifinals for the second straight season.