Six earn All-NCAC honors; Ludlow, Daniels earn special awards
The Big Red had six athletes named to the 2014 All-North Coast Athletic Conference squad. Additionally, freshman Claire Ludlow was named NCAC Newcomer of the Year, while first-year Head Coach Amanda Daniels received Coach of the Year honors.
The junior trio of Molly Chapman, Whitney Powel and Isabel Swicklik all earned first-team honors this season. Chapman, a three-time all-league honoree, and Powel both landed on the first-team for the second-consecutive year, while Swicklik made her debut on the squad. Chapman leads the Big Red with 38 assists and 68 points, while her 30 goals are third-best. She also has an NCAC-leading 106 draw controls. Chapman's five game-winning goals are second-most in the league.
Powel has 21 goals and 17 assists on the season so far. The junior leads the team with 56 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers. She also ranks second on the team with 59 draw controls. Swicklik has started all 17 games this season on the DU defense. She has 34 ground balls to go along with 19 caused turnovers.
Senior midfielder Lauren Adams earned her third second-team All-NCAC honor in 2014. A second-team honoree in 2011 and 2012, Adams scored 23 times this year, including seven via free-position shot. The senior also dished out seven assists, scooped up 38 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers.
Sophomore Carol Allen and Ludlow rounded out the all-conference honors with honorable mention recognition. Allen, a second-team honoree last season, finished second on the team with 37 goals and 51 points, while her 14 assists ranked third on the squad. Allen was 8-for-16 on free-position attempts. The sophomore attack also finished with 26 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers. Ludlow became the school's fifth NCAC Newcomer of the Year and the first since 2005 after scoring a team-best 44 goals to go along with five assists. She's also converted 50 percent (8-for-16) of her free-position shots.
Daniels was voted NCAC Coach of the Year by her colleagues in her first season at the helm of the Big Red. The first-year coach guided Denison to a third-place finish in the regular season standings with a 6-2 record. Daniels guided the Big Red to the program's eighth NCAC Tournament title after avenging both conference losses in the postseason tournament. This season marked the ninth time a DU coach has earned the honor, while Daniels became the sixth different Big Red coach to be named NCAC Coach of the Year.
Daniels will lead her Denison squad into the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday at Washington & Lee. Game time in Lexington, Va. is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.