Houlis, O'Donnell To Play In IWLCA North/South Game
June 8, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior defender Ali Houlis and senior attack Jesse O'Donnell will take part in the IWLCA North/South All-Star Game as announced by the organization this week. The North/South games will feature top senior players representing the Division I, II, and III levels. The duo were key members in the Minutewomen's four straight Atlantic 10 Championships and three NCAA Tournament berths since 2009.
The IWLCA has honored 115 senior student-athletes with selection to one of the North-South rosters. The 2011 North-South games will take place at the Champions' Cup, held at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, Pa., on June 16. The event will precede the IWLCA All-American banquet, which will take place at the Radisson Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa., later that evening.
Houlis finished the 2012 season with her second straight IWLCA All-Region First-Team honor after anchoring one of the top defenses in the Atlantic 10 and the Northeast. She led UMass with 19 caused turnovers and 38 groundballs to go along with 49 draw controls, six goals and six assists. The Atlantic 10 First Team selection finished among the program's top-10 in career groundballs (9th), caused turnovers (7th), draw controls (6th), games played (1st) and games started (1st).
O'Donnell finished her senior season as UMass' third leading scorer with 50 goals and 15 assists as one of three Minutewomen to eclipse the 60 point mark for the season. Her 50 goals were second on the team only to Ferris. Also an Atlantic 10 First Team selection, the Chicago, Ill., native closed her career with 126 goals and 34 assists for 160 points in 79 games. She ranks 5th all-time in career goals and ninth all-time in career points.
UMass finished 2012 with a 19-2 overall record and a 7-0 mark in A-10 play. The 19 wins marked the second most in program history, while the undefeated mark in league play was the second straight year the Minutewomen went through the conference regular-season without a loss. UMass earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the past four years before falling at third-seeded and No. 3 ranked Maryland 15-12. The Minutewomen will open the 2013 season with a 20-game win streak alive against Atlantic 10 opponents.
Alyson Adams, Penn State, M
Gabby Capuzzi, Ohio State, M
Dana Cahill, Penn State, GK
Brittany Carlin, Boston University, D
Cacki Helmer, Cornell, D
Sarah Holden, Syracuse, M
Ali Houlis, Massachusetts, D
Kate Keagins, New Hampshire, M
Alyssa Kildare, Johns Hopkins, D
Danielle Mascera, Rutgers, A
Shannon McHugh, Cornell, M
Courtney Miller, Colgate, M
Jesse O'Donnell, Massachusetts, A
Jordy Shoemaker, Notre Dame, MD
Janelle Stegeland, Syracuse, D
Megan Sullivan, Notre Dame, MD
Leigh Ann Torcivia, Lehigh, MD
Liz Walker, Duquesne, GK