Kowtoniuk Garners All-NESCAC Honors for Connecticut College
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College sophomore Ashleigh Kowtoniuk of Johnstown, Pa. has been named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women´s Lacrosse Team.
Kowtoniuk was honored as a second team selection in goal. In her first season as a full time starter, Kowtoniuk averaged 10.55 saves per game to lead the NESCAC. She caused 14 turnovers and corralled 25 ground balls for the Camels.
Kowtoniuk received national acclaim when she was recognized as the Womenslacrosse.com Division III Defensive Player of the Week back on March 22. She made 27 saves in two starts during a spring break trip to Orlando, Fla., leading the Camels to a pair of victories in the Sunshine State.
In her rookie season between the pipes in 2009, Kowtoniuk led the NESCAC in save percentage (.545) and saves per game (11.14).
Connecticut College Head Women´s Lacrosse Coach Heather McClelland was pleased to learn of the conference recognition for Kowtoniuk.
"Ashleigh has been phenomenal for us this season," McClelland said. "Her instincts and athleticism are what make her such a strong keeper. She's the type of athlete who thrives when she is able to use those natural instincts and take calculated risks. Ashleigh has also risen up to be a strong leader for us this year. It's really exciting to think that she has another two years to help our program reach success in the NESCAC."
A versatile two-sport athlete, Kowtoniuk has played an integral role in the success of the Connecticut College Women´s Hockey program. Kowtoniuk has contributed 12 goals, 15 assists and 27 points in her first two seasons on the ice for the Camels.
May 12, 2010