Six Minutewomen Honored On Atlantic 10 All-Conference Squads
May 4, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The UMass women's lacrosse team placed six players on Atlantic 10 all-conference teams as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Senior Jackie Nesbitt (Springfield, Pa.) led the way as she was named to the Atlantic 10 First-Team squad and the A-10 Academic All-Conference Team. The Minutewomen will face top-seed Richmond on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
Along with Nesbitt, senior Kerri Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and sophomore Kathleen Typadis (Medfield, Mass.) were named to the All-Conference Second Team, while freshmen Kaytlin McCormick (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Jackie Rosenzweig (Massapequa, N.Y.) were named to the All-Rookie Team.
UMass placed two on the Academic All-Conference Team as junior Erica Shapiro (Norfolk, Mass.) joined Nesbitt.
For Nesbitt, this was the first nod of her career to a league all-conference team, while it was the second consecutive year she has been named to the Academic All-Conference Team. She has started 48 consecutive games on defense for UMass and currently ranks eighth nationally in caused turnovers.
Connerty and Typadis each earned their first all-conference honors as well. Typadis led UMass in scoring with 41 goals this season - the sixth-best single season scoring effort in program history. She is on pace to finish her career as the second-highest scorer in UMass history. Throughout the season she was named the A-10's Performer of the Week twice.
For Connerty, this award comes after she switched positions as league play started due to a season-ending injury to Shapiro in the Boston College game. The senior captain filled Shapiro's defensive void and finished the season ranked third on the team in scoring (34 points) and leading the team in assists (17). She heads into the A-10 Semifinals ranked eighth at UMass in career scoring with 131 points and fifth all-time in assists with 47.
McCormick and Rosenzweig were named to the inaugural Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team after becoming mainstays of the UMass lineup. McCormick is the Minutewomen's second leading scorer with 31 goals and four assists. The midfielder/attack also ranks among the team's leaders in groundballs, draw controls and caused turnovers.
Rosenzweig started every game on the defensive row alongside Nesbitt. She has 19 caused turnovers and 22 groundballs. She was one of just two defenders selected to the team alonside George Washington's Katie Lilly.
Shapiro earned her first nod to the Academic All-Conference Team after posting the highest GPA on the team for the second consecutive year. Shapiro only played in 10 games this season, starting all 10, before injuring her knee against Boston College.
The Minutewomen will face Richmond on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C. in the A-10 Semifinals. George Washington will be hosting the tournament. UMass has qualified for the league tournament - which only accepts the top four teams - in seven of the last eight seasons. UMass boasts the second-best record in conference games all-time just behind Temple.
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