Women's lacrosse players selected to all-region team
Four Hamilton College women's lacrosse players have been selected to the 2009 NCAA Division III Empire Region all-regional team by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
Liz Benjamin '09 (Garrison, N.Y./St. Mark's School), Kaillie Briscoe '09 (Orangeville, Ontario/Orangeville District School) and Liz Rave '10 (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington HS) all were voted to the first team. Anne Graveley '11 (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury HS) was placed on the second team.
Briscoe -- the team's all-time leader in goals, assists and points -- made first team all-region all four years at attack. The 2008 first team All-American ranked 22nd in Division III this year with 37 assists. She scored 41 goals and ranked third in the Liberty League in points per game. She was credited with four game-winning goals.
Rave was second team all-region as a sophomore in 2008. This year she led Hamilton with 49 goals and ranked 10th in the league in goals per game. The midfielder finished second on the team with 53 points and won a team-high 36 draw controls.
Benjamin moved from midfield to defense before her senior year and it resulted in all-league and all-region honors. She ranked sixth in the league in caused turnovers per game. She led the team with 32 caused turnovers, and added 39 ground balls and 22 draw controls.
Graveley ranked third on the team with 32 goals and added four assists from her attack position. She contributed 23 ground balls and 23 draw controls.
Hamilton finished 2009 with an overall record of 16-3. The three-time defending league tournament champions advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The Continentals won the NCAA championship in 2008.
A total of 32 athletes from New York colleges and universities were honored on the Empire Region team. Those players are eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America teams.