September 20, 2013

Four earn All-Decade accolades

The North Coast Athletic Conference has announced the 30th Anniversary All-Decade team for field hockey and Denison was well-represented on this list hailing the conference's best players from 2003-12.

Denison alums that were honored were Karen Lancaster '05, Jenny Lacey '06, Read Powel '08, and Brittany Benson '13.  Denison's four representatives tied for the conference lead with Wittenberg University.

Karen Lancaster is a four-time first-team All-NCAC selection.  In 2001 she was named the conference's Newcomer of the Year and in 2002 and gain in 2003 Lancaster was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year.  As a four-year starter in the midfield, Lancaster scored 20 goals and added 17 assists in 73 career games.  She was a three-time first-team all-region selection and in 2002 and again in 2003 she earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America honors.

Jenny Lacey is also a four-time first-team all-conference pick from 2002-05.  She was recognized as the NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2002 and earned Offensive Player of the Year accolades as a senior in 2005.  She appeared in 73 career contests and scored 44 goals while adding nine assists.  Lacey was a four-time all-region selection and in 2005 she earned third-team NFHCA All-America honors.

Read Powel is a three-time first-team All-NCAC pick.  As a junior in 2006 she was named the conference Defensive Player of the Year while also posting a team-high six assists.  In 72 career contests she scored 10 goals and added 22 assists.  Powel was also honored as an NFHCA all-region choice on four occasions.

Brittany Benson is one of three goalkeepers named to the NCAC All-Decade team.  She left Denison as the program's all-time leader in shutouts, saves and save percentage.  From 2009-12 Benson started 79 matches while posting a .802 save percentage.  She was named the NCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 after leading the Big Red to an 18-2 record and the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.