Trinity Women's Lacrosse Players And Squad Receive Honors For Academics And Sportsmanship

Trinity Women's Lacrosse Players And Squad Receive Honors For Academics And Sportsmanship

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team was selected as a Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA)/Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2016-17 acaemic year, while Bantam senior tri-captain Karly Simpson (South Hadley, Mass.), seniors Nicole Stauffer (Cheshire, Conn.), Clio Kammerer (Swampscott, Mass.), and Lara Guida(Mendham, N.J.), and juniors Grace O'Donnell (Yarmouth, Maine), Clara Nowlan (Needham, Mass.), Georgia Mergner (West Caldwell, N.J.), and Allie Barrett (Concord, Mass.) were each named named to the 2017 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll.  The eight Bantams also joined Bantam junior Kiley Coffey (West Newbury, Mass.) and sophomores Emily Carothers(Kenilworth, Ill.), Mary French (Gloucester, Mass.), Caroline McKenna (Sandwich, Mass.), and Brooke Swan (Wellesley, Mass.) on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Spring All-Academic Team.  In addition, Stauffer represented Trinity women's lacrosse on the 2017 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.  

To qualify as an IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, a team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year.In order to be named to the IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate stu dent and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater. To be eligible for NESCAC All-Academic, student-athletes must have reached sophomore academic standing, and be in good standing in their sport with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale.

Coached by Katy Dissinger (3rd Season), the Bantams posted a 17-5 overall record and tied Colby, Hamilton, and Middlebury for first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with an 8-2 league mark.  Trinity advanced to the NESCAC Finals for the seventh year in a row with a 19-10 win in the quarterfinals against Tufts and a 12-3 victory over Hamilton in the semifinals at Middlebury.  Despite a 13-9 setback against Colby at Middlebury in the league finals, Trinity qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the 13th time and the eighth year in a row, and downed Babson, 16-5, Franklin and Marshall, 13-12, and York (Pa.), 10-5, to reach the NCAA Final Four for the sixth consecutive spring. Trinity fell, 8-4, against eventual champion Gettysburg in the NCAA Semifinals at Roanoke College's Kerr Stadium.

Simpson, a three-year starter and also an All-Berkshire Region Second Teamer in both 2015 and 2017, scored 44 points on 29 goals and 15 assists with 67 shots, 26 ground balls, 16 draw controls, and 16 caused turnovers (T3rd on team) in 22 games and 21 starts.  A three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Simpson was named to the all-tournament team at the 2017 NCAA Final Four.  She totaled 91 goals and 51 assists for 142 points with 199 shots, 23 free-position goals, 81 ground balls, 54 draw controls, and 37 caused turnovers in 84 career games and 65 career starts.  An alum of the Williston-Northampton School, Simpson graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in public policy & law.  She is the daughter of Pamela and Jeff Simpson.

Stauffer totaled five goals and five assists, 14 ground balls and 14 draw controls in 21 games in the Bantam midfield in 2017.  She totaled 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points to go with 36 ground balls25 draw controls, and 30 caused turnovers in 76 games in her collegiate career.  Also a Trinity soccer player, Stauffer graced the NESCAC All-Academic teams six times in the two sports.  An alum of Cheshire High School, Stauffer graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in Hispanic Studies and political science.  She is the daughter of Bob and Wendy Stauffer. Kammerer, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, is an alum of Governor's Academy and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in art history.  She is the daughter of Linda and Brendan Kammerer.  Guida, a three-year starting defender, led the Bantams with 33 ground balls and finished second on the squad with 19 caused turnovers in 20 games (all starts) in 2017.  A three-time, NESCAC All-Academic selection, Guida totaled 91 ground balls and 52 caused turnovers in 74 games and 65 starts in her Bantam career.  Guida is an alum of West Morris-Mendham High School, and graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in in psychology.  She is the daughter of Mary and Robert Guida.

O'Donnell, a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, notched 19 goals and nine assists (5th on team) for 28 points on 43 shots and added 11 ground balls while starting all 22 games at attack in 2017.  A graduate of Yarmouth High School, O'Donnell is majoring in Hispanic Studies and International Studies at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Peter and Mary O'Donnell.  Nowlan, an IWLCA All-Regional and All-American and an All-NESCAC honoree in 2017, anchored the Bantam defensive unit with a team-high 24 caused turnovers to go with 30 ground balls (2nd on team) in 19 games and 18 starts.  A two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Nowlan graduated from Needham High School and majoring in political science at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Nowlan.  Mergner recorded four goals and six assists with 13 ground balls in 22 games and 11 starts at attack in 2017.  A graduate of James Caldwell High School, Mergner is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity.  She is the daughter of Christopher and Patricia Mergner. Barrett, a two-year starting midfielder for the Bantams, finished fifth on the team in goals with 24 and scoring 32 points while adding eight assists, 49 shots, 28 ground balls (3rd on team), 17 draw controls, and 16 caused turnovers (T3rd on team) in 22 games (all starts) in the midfield In 2017.  A graduate of Concord High School, Barrett is majoring in public policy & law at Trinity. She is the daughter of Bill and Amy Barrett.

Coffey, a two-year starter and a 2017 IWLCA All-Regional First Team selection, led the Bantams with 58 goals and five game-winners, while setting a new conference record for goals in a NESCAC game with seven in the league finals and goals in the NESCAC tournament as she found the back of the net 17 times in the three games. Coffey added one assist for 59 points, 99 shots, 10 free-position goals, 13 ground balls, and 43 draw controls in 21 games and 21 starts.  She is also a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree.  A political science major and graduate of Governor's Academy, she is the daughter of Jill and Thomas Coffey.

Carothers is an attacker for the Bantams, but missed the 2017 season with an injury. She is a graduate of New Trier High School and the daughter of Mike and Betsy Carothers.  French scored 11 times in 17 games and four starts as a Bantam midfielder in 2017.  A graduate of the Westminster School in Connecticut, she is the daughter of Timothy and Liane French.
McKenna was a reserve in the attack and midfield for the Bantams in 2017.  A graduate of Sandwich High School, she is the daughter of Ed and Sue McKenna.  Swan appeared in seven games and tallied one assist a backup attacker for the Bantams.  A graduate of Wellesley High School, she is the daughter of Carolyn and Ken Swan.

IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad information

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