RINDGE, N.H. (May 18, 2017) – Junior midfielder Caitlin Sweeney (Shirley, N.Y.) of the Franklin Pierce University women's lacrosse team has been named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America Third Team, as announced late last week by the IWLCA.
It is the first career All-America selection for Sweeney, who earned her first All-Region and All-Northeast-10 Conference selections earlier this spring and was previously named to the NE10 All-Rookie Team as a freshman in 2015. Through May 14, she ranked fifth in the nation in free-position goals per game (1.31), eighth in goals per game (3.75), tied for 13th in goals (60), 20th in draw controls per game (4.38) and 29th in both points per game (4.50) and free-position percentage (.538). Among NE10 leaders, Sweeney currently ranks third in draw controls (70), fourth in shot attempts (129), tied for fourth in goals (60) and sixth in shots on goal (83) points (72). Along the way, Sweeney added 12 assists and 31 ground balls, and caused 16 turnovers while committing 33 turnovers of her own.
Sweeney's 72 points were a career high and the third-highest total ever by a Raven, trailing only Lauren Stille '11, who tallied 87 in 2008 and 77 in 2009. Sweeney's 60 goals were also the third-most in school history, again trailing only Stille, who put home 73 in 2008 and 64 in 2009.
The Ravens (7-9) capped their 2017 season by qualifying for the NE10 Championship for the first time since 2009. It was the third postseason appearance in program history. In addition, the seven wins was one off the program record, established a year ago (8-8).
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