May 5, 2009

Seniors Grant and Thornton selected to NEWMAC All-Conference teams

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College women's lacrosse seniors Caitlin Grant (Walpole, MA/Walpole) and Bridget Thornton (Southington, CT/Cheshire Academy) were voted to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference teams during Tuesday's postseason coaches meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

A second-team honoree as a junior, Grant earned first-team accolades this spring, while Thornton was named to the second squad in picking up her first career conference award.

Grant nearly matched her career offensive totals from her first three years, tallying 50 goals and 57 points at attack while starting in all 16 games.  She ranks fifth in the NEWMAC in goals per game and ninth in points per contest.  Netting 11 hat tricks, Grant recorded at least four goals on six occasions while at least tying for the team lead in scoring in 10 games.

Against conference teams, Grant notched five hat tricks, including posting a career-high eight goals in a win versus Smith College.  In league play, she finished sixth in the NEWMAC in goals per game and tied for 10th in points per contest.  Grant completed her career ninth in program history with 110 goals and 10th with 126 points.

From her midfield position, Thornton, who also served as a co-captain for the Lyons, tied for the third-most single-season assists in program history with 20.  Thornton ranks fourth in the NEWMAC in overall assists per game and during league play tied for fifth in game-winning goals and was seventh in assists per contests.

Thornton tallied at least one point in all but three games and recorded at least three ground balls six times and at least three draw controls on six occasions.  She turned in a pair of five-point performances and a combined 13 draws during two league wins.  Thornton will leave Wheaton fifth in career assists (43), seventh in draw controls (103) and tied for eighth in games played (65). 

Wheaton went 6-10 this season with a 2-4 league mark.  The Lyons placed fifth in the conference standings and fell to Wellesley College in the first round of the league tournament.

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