O’Neill named First Team All-NESCAC in women’s lax
HADLEY, Mass. — Bates senior attacker Joan O’Neill received her third career All-NESCAC honor, and her first First Team accolade, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference released its 2012 Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams.
O’Neill (Westwood, Mass.) led the NESCAC in points per game for the second straight year, at 4.67, after posting the exact same average in 2011. (She was also second in that category in 2010, with 3.93 points per game). She also ranked first in the league in goals per game (3.47) and eighth in assists per game (1.20).
O’Neill scored at least one point in every game this season, came up with four or more points in 13 out of 15 games, and tallied six or more points on five occasions. O’Neill becomes Bates’ first three-time All-NESCAC honoree since Molly Wagner ’08 in 2007.
With 52 goals and 18 assists for 70 points, O’Neill tied her own team record for points in a season, and she is just two shy of Smith’s 1987 team record for goals in a season. O’Neill finished her career with 147 goals and a team-record 68 assists for a team-record 215 points, 32 points and 18 assists more than any other player in team history. Her goal total is only three shy of the team record of 150 held by Stephanie Smith ’87.