Stonehill Trio Named IWLCA All-Americans




Lane leads Skyhawks with second team All-America status
Armstrong & Healey collect third team honors

EASTON, Mass. (June 23, 2015) – Three members of the Stonehill College women's lacrosse program have earned All-America status from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

Senior midfielder Lizzie Lane (Sandwich, Massachusetts/Bishop Stang) leads the trio of All-Americans for Stonehill with a spot on the IWLCA second team, while classmate and goalkeeper Ashley Armstrong (Northborough, Massachusetts/Algonquin Regional) as well as freshman defender Kelly Healey (Westwood, Massachusetts/Westwood) earned third team All-America honors. The three All-America selections are the most for the Skyhawks in two seasons and give the program 56 All-Americans all-time, including 15 in head coach Katie Conover's '03 eight seasons at the helm, who was a four-time first team All-American at the College herself.

Lane earns All-America honors for the first time in her career after also collecting All-North Region honors from the IWLCA for the first time with a spot on the first team. The All-Northeast-10 first team selection started all 20 games for Stonehill during her senior year and led the team with 40 goals to go with eight assists for 48 points, while the two-way player also collected a team-high 49 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers, to go with 64 draw controls. She netted a team-high four game winning goals and converted 8-of-20 free-position shot attempts, while ranking second on the team in scoring. Lane finished the year ranked eighth among NE-10 leaders for ground balls, ninth in draw controls and caused turnovers and 11th in goals scored. She posted 24 goals and five assists for 29 points in Stonehill's 13 NE-10 games, adding 27 ground balls, 39 draws and a team-best 15 caused turnovers.

Lane capped her collegiate career with 98 points in 78 games played with 76 goals and 22 assists to go with 156 ground balls, 174 draw controls and 68 caused turnovers. She earned NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll status all eight semesters at the College and Athletic Director's Honor Roll three semesters. Lane was named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2012 and her 64 draw controls this season are the fourth-highest single-season total in program history, while her 57 draws in 2013 now rank sixth.

Senior Lizzie Lane headlines Stonehill's three All-America selections with second team honors. (PHOTO BY Marcello Cutti/SMI)

Armstrong also earns All-America honors for the first time in her career with her third team selection, having also collected IWLCA All-North Region and All-Northeast-10 second team honors this spring. She played all 1,206 minutes in the Stonehill goal this season, having played all but 2:20 of the Skyhawks goaltending minutes over the last two years. She posted an 8.11 goals against average and .467 save percentage with 7.2 saves per game this season, adding 45 ground balls and five caused turnovers. Armstrong, who earned a spot on the NE-10 All-Championship team for the third straight year, led the Conference in minutes played, while also ranking second in save percentage, sixth in goals against average and seventh for saves. She posted a 7.77 GAA and .457 save percentage with 6.5 saves per game in the Skyhawks 13 NE-10 games this spring and earned NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Week honors once.

Armstrong capped her Stonehill career as the program's all-time leader with 534 saves, while her 47 career wins are tied for the program's career record. She posted a 9.56 goals against average and .449 save percentage with 7.4 saves per game in 4,103:08 over 72 career games played (68 starts) and a career record of 47-22. Armstrong earned NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Week honors four times over her career and was named to the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll three semesters and Athletic Director's Honor Roll once. Her goals against average this season is tied for tenth-lowest in program history, while she owns three of the top ten single season save totals in program history, including her career-high 157 stops as a junior ranking second all-time.

Healey is the first Stonehill freshman to earn All-America honors since Samantha Lynott '13 in 2009 with her spot on the third team. Healey also collected IWLCA All-North Region and All-Northeast-10 second team honors during her rookie season as well as a spot on the NE-10 All-Rookie Team. She stepped in as a leader for the Skyhawks defensive unit in her freshman season, totaling 14 ground balls and 25 draws with five caused turnovers, while chipping in with three goals and an assist for four points in 20 games played (17 starts). Healey notched a season-high five caused turnovers in back to back wins over American International College and then 6th-ranked University of New Haven on April 2 and 4. She has earned NE-10 Commissioner's and Athletic Director's Honor Roll status as well in her first collegiate year.

Stonehill (15-5, 10-3 NE-10), ranked seventh in the final IWLCA Division II poll, earned its eighth NCAA Tournament bid this season, falling to eventual national champions Adelphi University (10-6) in the national quarterfinal round. The Skyhawks also appeared in their 17th Northeast-10 Tournament, reaching the semifinal round for the 17th consecutive year. Head Coach Katie Conover collected her 100th win in eight seasons at the helm of her alma mater with a 16-9 win at Assumption College on March 28.

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