McDonough & Shannahan Selected to IWLCA Senior All-Star Game

Senior All-American Kelsey Shannahan has been selected to compete in the IWLCA Division II North-South Senior All-Star Game. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Skyhawk seniors to represent program at annual Division II North-South Senior All-Star Game on Saturday, June 7 

EASTON, Mass. (May 30, 2014) – Stonehill College seniors Katherine McDonough (Westwood, Massachusetts/Westwood) and Kelsey Shannahan (Mendham, New Jersey/Morris Catholic) have been selected to participate in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II North-South Senior All-Star Game, hosted by Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, June 7, at 12:45 p.m.

McDonough and Shannahan will play for the North All-Star team, which will square off against the South All-Stars. The recent Stonehill graduates are among 12 Northeast-10 Conference student-athletes scheduled to participate in the game. The Division I North-South Senior All-Star Game will start at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Division II game and then the Division III game at 2 p.m.

McDonough, who earned IWLCA All-North Region honors for the first time this spring with her second team selection, is a two-time All-Northeast-10 Conference pick with first team honors this season after being named to the second team as a junior. She led a Stonehill defensive unit which ranks fifth in the NE-10 for goals against average (9.48), third in ground balls (18.4/gm) and fifth for caused turnovers (7.3). She contributed a team-high 39 ground balls (13th NE-10) and nine caused turnovers in 17 games played this season.



McDonough started 49 of her 61 games played over her career and recorded 72 ground balls, 14 draw controls and 25 caused turnovers. She collected a career-high 11 ground balls in Stonehill's 11-4 win over Southern Connecticut State University on April 9 and has registered a career-best two caused turnovers on six occasions, including the Skyhawks 13-3 win over Merrimack College on April 16.

Shannahan, who earned All-America honors for the first time in her career this spring with a third team selection, is also a two-time All-Northeast-10 selection who earned first team All-North Region honors for the first time this season as well. She started all 19 games for Stonehill this season and led the team with 63 points (9th NE-10) and 50 goals (8th) to go with 13 assists. She also recorded 34 ground balls, 35 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers, notching at least a point in 44 straight games dating back to her freshman season. Shannahan scored a career-high eight goals in Stonehill's 17-5 win over Southern New Hampshire University on April 2. She added a season-high seven points with five goals and two assists in a key North Region win at Dowling College on April 19.

Shannahan, a Division II and NE-10 All-Rookie team selection as a freshman, started 57 of the 58 games she has played over her career at Stonehill and posted 118 goals and 41 assists for 159 points, while contributing 112 ground balls, 77 draw controls and 60 caused turnovers. Her 41 caused turnovers as a freshman is the third-highest single season total in program history, while her 59 ground balls that season rank eighth all-time. Shannahan has earned NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll status four semesters at the College and Athletic Director's Honor Roll once.

Stonehill (12-7, 9-3 NE-10), ranked 12th in the final IWLCA and Lacrosse Magazine Division II polls, made its Northeast-10 record 16th-straight NE-10 Tournament appearance this season, reaching the semifinal round for the 16th time. In addition to its two All-North Region selections, the Skyhawks placed four on the All-Northeast-10 first and second teams.

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