IWLCA Honors Women's Lacrosse With All-American, All-Region Awards

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Four Bowdoin women's lacrosse players were recognized in All-American honors announced Thursday by the Interollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association.

Seniors Carolyn Gorajek (Hightstown, N.J.) and Tara Connolly (Simsbury, Conn.) were named as Second Team All-American selections. Juniors Erica Nangeroni (Westwood, Mass. ) and Betsy Sachs (Glenside, Pa.) were honored as Third Team All-American choices. It is the first time in school history that Bowdoin has earned four All-American nods in the same season.

Gorajek, Connolly, Nangeroni and Sachs were also selected as First Team All-Region performers by the IWLCA. First-year Lindsay Picard (New York, N.Y.) and junior Jordan Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J.) were named Second Team All-Region.

Senior attacker Carolyn Gorajek earns her second All-American selection after a record-breaking regular season. Gorajek has not only set career highs with 68 points and 23 assists, but her 45 goals this season ranks her second among NESCAC goal scorers. Gorajek has led the Polar Bears in scoring for three consecutive seasons and sits atop Bowdoin's career list with 168 goals, 67 assists, and 235 points.

Senior goalie Tara Connolly takes her first All-American nod thanks to an outstanding campaign that saw her named First Team All-NESCAC. Connolly has posted a NESCAC-best .559 save percentage, making 123 saves and recording a 7.12 goals against average along the way. Her 45 career victories in goal is a Bowdoin record. Connolly has played 67 games in net for the Polar Bears over the past four years, compiling a 8.35 career goals against average ranking seventh all-time in program history. Connolly's 504 career saves sits her in fourth all-time.

Nangeroni collects her first All-American award after leading the NESCAC with 31 caused turnovers this spring. She also leads Bowdoin with 29 ground balls this year. Nangeroni established a new Polar Bear postseason record with five caused turnovers against Bridgewater State. A dominating midfielder, Betsy Sachs finished among the team leaders in goals (22), points (38), caused turnovers (28) and ground balls (27) this year. She set a new Bowdoin NCAA Tournament record with a five-assist effort in Wednesday's first round win over Bridgewater State.

Smith and Picard sparked the Bowdoin offense this spring, both ranking among the team leaders in scoring. Smith was second in the team with 39 goals and 45 points while also collecting 22 ground balls. Picard dominated the circle, collecting a team-best 56 draw controls which also ranked second in the conference. Picard also netted 19 goals and seven assists this spring.

The Polar Bears will face Geneseo State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The contest, which is hosted by Cortland State, will be available live online via live statistics (http://colfax.cortland.edu/athletics/wlacrosse/live/xlive.htm) and video webcast (http://www.cortlandreddragons.com/sports/2007/12/17/internetradio.aspx).