Record-breaking senior attacker Stephanie Kienle heads a contingent of five West Chester University women's lacrosse players who won Division II all-American honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Joining Kienle, the nation's leading Division II scorer this season, on the first team are junior Jackie Baker and sophomore Katy Crouse. Juniors Courtney Whiting and Mary Beth Green received second-team honors.
The quintet led the Rams (20-1) to the second national championship in the school's history with a 13-12 win over C.W. Post, the defending champion. West Chester, which lost in the finals to Post last season, also won the crown in 2001.
Kienle, a graduate of West Chester Henderson, scored 65 goals and added an NCAA record of 78 assists this spring to set a record of 143 points in a season. She also broke the all-time NCAA career scoring mark with 389 points.
Baker, the NCAA Division II tournament's player of the year, was also a first-team all-American last season. She is graduate of Penncrest. Crouse, a graduate of Boyertown, won all-American honors for the first time.
It was also the first time for Whiting, a graduate of Downingtown East, and Green, a Henderson graduate. Whiting ranked 17th nationally in caused turnovers per game with 1.52 and 16th in draw controls with 3.05. Green was ranked third in fewest goals allowed per game with 6.83 and save percentage with .576. She allowed 178 goals.
Duo set to make splash
A pair of former Chester County YMCA swimmers, sophomore roommates at West Virginia University this past year, have qualified for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, to be held June 29 in Omaha, Neb.
Kayla Andrews, a Delaware resident who swam for the Kennett Area YMCA, qualified in the 50-meter freestyle. She was the YMCA national short-course champion in the 100-meter freestyle in 2006. The exercise physiology major holds several West Virginia records.
Morgan Callaway, a qualifier in the 100-meter backstroke, holds several records at Coatesville High and West Virginia. She set several records while swimming for the Brandywine YMCA in Coatesville.
Four Malvern Prep boats will have the opportunity to race in the U.S. Rowing Junior Championships on June 13, in Cincinnati.
The Friars, six-time recipients of the Horvat Trophy as the team point leader in the annual Manny Flick rowing series, qualified in the varsity light doubles A and B, the varsity singles, and the varsity quad.
Matt Benedetto and Sean Stewart are in the varsity light doubles A boat. Dave Mata and Bill Doughty man the B boat. The varsity singles boat will be guided by Randy Scott, while Mike Donohue, Mike Bosh, Mike Rawlings and Brandon Hannah make up the varsity quad.
Malvern Prep graduate Sean Dougherty was chosen by the Washington Bayhawks in the fourth round of the Major League Lacrosse draft last week.
The Notre Dame defenseman and Malvern resident received third-team all-American honors this past season. He anchored an Irish defense that ranked fifth in NCAA Division I, allowing 7.04 goals per game.
North wins again
The North made it three straight wins over the South last week in the annual Valor Bowl, a showcase for senior football players that benefits the Special Olympics of Chester County.
In the 10th-anniverary game, the North never trailed on the way to a 27-7 victory at Kottmeyer Stadium on the Downingtown West campus.