Lauren Giordano (right) and Erika Kelly (center) combined for the Skyhawks second goal on Thursday. (PHOTO BY Michael DeZarn)
Watertown, Massachusetts, juniors selected for performances at NCAA Championships in Louisville
EASTON, Mass. (December 9, 2014) – Stonehill College junior forwards Lauren Giordano (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) and Erika Kelly (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) were both named to the All-Tournament team for the NCAA Division II Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, for their performance in the national semifinals on Thursday.
Giordano and Kelly both earn NCAA All-Tournament team honors for the first time in their career after leading Stonehill in its 3-2 setback to No. 4-ranked LIU Post at Trager Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisville on Thursday. Giordano scored both Skyhawk goals as they fought back from one goal deficits in both the first and second halves before being edged out on a late Pioneers goal. Kelly chipped in with an assist for the afternoon, setting up Giordano's second goal in the 44th minute, less than three minutes after LIU Post had taken its second lead of the game. Giordano's first of the game in the 28th minute came seven minutes after the Pioneers' opening goal.
Giordano, a second team All-Northeast-10 selection this fall, finished her junior year ranked second on the team with 30 points and 13 goals, while chipping in four assists in 21 games. She netted four game winning goals and is ranked seventh in the NE-10 for goals scored, ninth in points and fifth for gamewinners.
Giordano, a Division II and Northeast-10 All-Rookie team pick in 2013, enters her senior season with 23 goals and seven assists for 53 points, adding five game winning goals in 42 career games played.
Kelly, a first team All-NE-10 pick for the second straight year, led Stonehill with 56 points and 25 goals, while her six assists rank second on the team. Her goal and point totals are the second-highest in program history behind her program and NE-10 record 38 goals and 78 points her sophomore season. She leads the team with five game winning goals and ranks second nationally for goals and points, 13th in the NE-10 for assists and fifth in gamewinners.
Kelly, a consensus first team All-American in 2013, became the program's all-time leader in goals scored and points this season. She will enter her senior year with a program-record 71 goals and 152 points, adding ten assists and 15 game winning goals in 60 career games played. She was an NE-10 All-Rookie team selection her freshman year.
Stonehill, which won its second Northeast-10 Conference Tournament this season, finished the year with a 17-4 record overall, including a 9-2 mark in the NE-10 to finish second in the NE-10 standings. The Skyhawks earned their sixth NCAA Tournament bid, reaching the national semifinals for the fourth time in program history after earning the top seed in the North Region and a first round bye.