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NCAC Women's Lacrosse All-Decade Teams

NCAC 30th Anniversary Women's Lacrosse All-Decade Team

Allegheny's Jensen Paterson (2008-11) and Denison's Quinn Simmons (2005-08) spearhead an impressive list of players selected to the North Coast Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary Women's Lacrosse All-Decade Team. Paterson and Simmons were the only two players selected to the all-decade team to have earned four-straight All-NCAC first-team nods in the last 10 years.

Jensen Paterson {left} earned All-NCAC first-team accolades from 2008-11 and capped off her career by being named the NCAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2011. Paterson's 2011 season still stands as the top individual scoring season in league history after she netted 74 goals and dished out 38 assists for 112 total points. In addition, Paterson and current Wittenberg head coach Beth Hemminger (2000-03) share the NCAC's career record for points in a career at 300. In 65 career games with the Gators, Paterson reached her point total by scoring 221 goals and passing out 79 assists. Paterson was also named a first-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) in 2011. She remains the only player in Allegheny history to earn an All-American certificate from the IWLCA.

Quinn Simmons {right} competed in the early portion of last decade as she picked up the NCAC Newcomer of the year honor in 2005 and then concluded her career in 2008 by being named the NCAC Offensive Player of the Year. In 59 total games with the Big Red, Simmons netted 138 goals and handed out 18 assists for 156 total points, while also accumulating 132 draw controls and 102 groundballs. Her draw control total is second on DU's all-time list, behind only fellow NCAC all-decade honoree selection Carly Tschantz's (2009-12) 315. 

There were seven additional student-athletes named to the NCAC women's lacrosse 30th anniversary all-decade team that earned first-team all-conference citations in three different seasons in the last decade, including Kenyon defender Brigid Donahue (2009-11), Denison defender Molly Lamdin (2004-06), Kenyon goalie Chase Kreuter (2008-10), Allegheny attack Ashley Hughes (2005-07), Kenyon attack Leah Sack (2010-13), Wooster attack Megan Sward (2004-06) and Wooster midfielder Clare Nelson-Johnson (2011-13). Five of the seven earned an NCAC Player of the Year award during their careers with Offensive Player of the Year accolades going to Sack (2013) and Sward (2004), while Donahue (2011), Kreuter (2010) and Lamdin (2005) garnered the NCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor.

While no current women's lacrosse student-athletes were named to the all-decade team, first-year Allegheny head coach Ashley Hughes becomes the first current head coach in the league to be named to an NCAC 30th Anniversary All-Decade team.

The North Coast Athletic Conference is celebrating its 30th playing season by selecting All-Decade teams in nearly every championship sport. Players from the first 10 years of play were selected in 1993-94, while players who competed from 1993-2002 were named to the 20th Anniversary All-Decade team. All current head coaches were asked to vote, as were some former coaches and administrators.

Four different schools collected an NCAC Women's Lacrosse championship in the past 10 years. Wooster opened the decade by claiming the 2004 crown, followed by Ohio Wesleyan in 2005, Denison in 2006, Wooster in 2007 and Ohio Wesleyan in 2008. There were consecutive strings of back-to-back streaks over the next four seasons with the Fighting Scots hoisting the trophy from 2009-10 and the Big Red earning the league title from 2011-12, while Kenyon is the defending league champion.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference currently consists of 10 academically selective NCAA Division III colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.


NCAC All-Decade Women's Lacrosse Teams