O’Neill named IWLCA Second Team All-America
LEWISTON, Maine — Bates senior Joan O’Neill was named Second Team All-America on Wednesday, as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association released the 2012 IWLCA Division III All-America teams.
O’Neill becomes the 15th All-American player in Bates women’s lacrosse team history, and the first since Jenna Dannis ’12 earned Third Team honors in 2010. O’Neill is Bates’ first Second or First Team All-American since Martha Macdougal ’95 in 1994 and 1995.
As a First Team All-Region selection earlier this month, along with Dannis, O’Neill became eligible for the All-America honor. She has also received First Team All-NESCAC distinction this year, and on Sunday she was named Bates’ Female Athlete of the Year.
Bates’ all-time leader in points and assists, O’Neill 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). 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 Stephanie 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, having passed the former record of 182 held by Molly Wagner ’08 early this season. O’Neill’s career goal total is only three shy of the team record of 150 held by Smith.
The IWLCA will honor the national All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American banquet on June 16 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.