April 28, 2006
WASHINGTON - American University senior Moriah Linnell (Antrim, N.H./Contocook Valley) and sophomore Caitlin Bell (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield) were named to the Women's Lacrosse First Team All-Patriot League, league officials announced on Friday night.
Linnell, a midfielder, earns her second consecutive first team honors after posting a team-high 39 points on 33 goals and six assists. The Antrim, N.H., native scored four goals in four separate games this season, including against PL opponent Lafayette. Heading into this weekend's PL Tournament, Linnell's 108 goals ranks fourth all-time at American, her 39 assists ranks third and her 147 points also ranks her third all-time among AU's elite. Linnell is one of only three student-athletes to rank in the top five in all three categories.
Bell, a sophomore defenseman earns her first all-league honors after leading the Patriot League in caused turnovers per game, averaging 2.12 caused turnovers per game in 2006. The Flourtown, Pa., native led the Eagles in both caused turnovers and ground balls with 36 and 50, respectively. Bell has played in all 34 games in her two years with the squad.
Holy Cross' Patricia Sutton took home Offensive Player of the Year honors, with Crusader head coach Stephanie Pavlick earning the Coach of the Year award. Bucknell's Rachel Prowler was Defensive Player of the Year with Holy Cross' Megan Orr taking home Goaltender of the Year. Lehigh's Sara MacIntyre and Lafayette's Kristin Ruminski split the Rookie of the Year award.
The third-seeded Eagles will play Colgate, the second seed, in the first round of the 2006 Patriot League Tournament hosted by Holy Cross on Saturday. The Eagles and Raiders will play at 3 p.m.