CLEVELAND, Ohio – Following their sixth-straight NCAC Tournament Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament, Denison women's lacrosse was recognized by the North Coast Athletic Conference on Wednesday morning as they garnered seven All-NCAC selections, including senior Jane Goodspeed as the Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Casey McTague as the conference's Newcomer of the Year.
Earning All-NCAC first-team honors during all four years of her Denison career, Goodspeed collected the NCAC's Defensive Player of the Year award for the second year in a row after posting 73 ground balls while leading the conference with 161 draw controls and 48 caused turnovers. Already the program's all-time leader in draw controls and caused turnovers for a season and a career, Goodspeed was named the NCAC Tournament MVP in 2019 following a combined eight ground balls, 15 draw controls, and four caused turnovers in wins over Oberlin and Wooster. A native of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Goodspeed is a three-time IWLCA All-Great Lakes Region first-team selection while also being recognized as a third-team All-American in 2018.
Making her debut on the all-conference first-team, McTague was named the Newcomer of the Year following a rookie season to remember with 44 goals (second on the team), 27 ground balls, 50 draw controls, and 17 caused turnovers. Locking up Denison's second Newcomer of the Year award since 2016 (Jane Goodspeed), the Arlington, Va. native has posted three or more goals in eight different games this season, including a career-high five goals against Brockport (Feb. 23) and Oberlin (April 3).
Joining Goodspeed and McTague on the first-team, junior Kiely Noonan makes her third-straight All-NCAC appearance thanks to a team-high 47 goals while tying for a team-best 25 assists. Noonan currently ranks fourth all-time in career goals (169) and points (233) at Denison. Also named to the IWLCA All-Great Lakes Region first-team in 2018, Noonan has tallied four or more points in 11 games this season, including a season-best 10 points on five goals and five assists in DU's 25-3 win over DePauw on April 13.
Denison's attack was also well represented by senior Maddy Heher as an All-NCAC second-team selection and sophomore Liza Farnham earning honorable mention status. Heher made her all-conference debut in 2019 with career-highs in goals (30) and assists (25) while adding a shots-on-goal percentage of 75.8. A two-time member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll and a three-time honoree at Denison's Top-50 Student-Athlete Celebration, Heher currently has 10 multi-goal efforts in 2019, led by her four-goal outing against DePauw on April 13.
For Farnham, she currently ranks third on the team with 38 goals while adding 11 assists. Collecting her first All-NCAC honor in 2019, the Barrington, R.I. native has scored three or more goals on seven occasions this season, which includes a five goal and three assist performance against John Carroll on April 17.
Sophomores Lindsey Karsh and Charlotte Godfrey round out the all-conference honors for the Big Red as Godfrey was named to the second-team and Karsh was recognized as an honorable mention selection. Assisting Goodspeed on the defensive front, Godfrey has enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 with 49 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers, good for second-best on the team, while tallying six goals and two assists. Karsh also made her All-NCAC debut as an everyday starter in 2019 with 26 goals, 11 assists, 35 GBs, and 20 caused turnovers.
The Big Red will take their 15-4 record into the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 12 when they host Transylvania University in the second round. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m.