Lynott a Consensus All-American to Lead Stonehill Honorees



Lynott earns second team honors from IWLCA and
Reilly receives second team All-America honors from 

EASTON, Mass. (June 1, 2012) – Stonehill College senior Samantha Lynott (Holbrook, NY./Sachem East) has been named a consensus All-American with honors from both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as well as, headlining a group of two All-America selections for the College.

Lynott, who earned second team All-America honors from the two outlets, is joined on the All-America second team by junior Kelsey Reilly (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy). While Lynott is a consensus All-America selection for the first time in her career, it marks the third-straight season she has earned second team honors from the IWLCA. Reilly, a consensus All-America selection as a sophomore, collects honors (formerly for the second straight year.

Senior Samantha Lynott is a three-time IWLCA All-America second team selection. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Lynott, who also earned first team IWLCA All-North Region and second team All-Northeast-10 Conference honors for the third straight season this spring, started 14 of the 15 games she played. She finished third on the team with 62 points (16th NE-10) on 44 goals (15th) and 18 assists (17th), while also contributing 48 draw controls (11th), 31 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers (16th). In NE-10 play, she posted 23 goals and nine assists for 32 points over eight games, adding 19 draw controls, 18 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers (14th). Lynott was second on the team with 42 points in 12 games played against ranked opponents, totaling 30 goals and 12 assists with 45 draw controls, 21 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.

Lynott, who was named the NE-10 Player of the Week once this spring, earned All-Tournament team honors at the NE-10 Championships as she totaled six goals and two assists for eight points over the two postseason games, with six draw controls, five ground balls and three caused turnovers. She registered a season-high eight points with five goals and three assists in the Skyhawks 26-10 win over Southern New Hampshire on April 18, adding six ground balls and five caused turnovers to the effort. Lynott added four goals and three assists for seven points with six draw controls in a 19-6 win over No. 15 Pfeiffer University on March 15.

Lynott became the 11th player in program history to reach 200 career points during her eight point outing against Southern New Hampshire. She is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District I honoree, collecting first team honors this spring, and recently graduated with a 3.47 cumulative grade point average as a criminology major. Lynott finished her career at the College with 163 goals and 68 assists for 231 points in 67 games. She ranks sixth in program history for career goals, seventh for points and eighth for assists and also totaled 136 draw controls, 118 ground balls and 72 caused turnovers. She has earned NE-10 and Athletic Director's Honor Roll status multiple semesters and was recently named the Fr. William Gartland, CSC, Female Senior Student-Athlete of the Year at the annual Senior Awards Banquet at Stonehill.

Junior Kelsey Reilly earns All-America honors for the second-straight season. (PHOTO BY Shane Bufano)

Reilly, a two-time IWLCA All-North Region and All-Northeast-10 first team selection, started 18 of 19 games played this spring, shattering the program record with her Northeast-10 leading 120 draw controls (5th nationally). The total was nearly double the previous record of 61 set by Liza Gross in 2008, and Reilly also totaled 40 goals and a team-high 21 assists (9th) for 61 points (17th), converting 7-of-27 free-position shots and also leading the NE-10 with 61 ground balls (22nd nationally) and 41 caused turnovers (8th nationally) – just two shy of the program's single-season record. Her ground ball total is good for fifth on the program's single-season list.

Reilly finished tied for second on the team with 43 points in NE-10 play (17th NE-10), totaling 27 goals and a team-best 16 assists (10th), to go with team-highs of 68 draw controls (3rd), 44 ground balls (1st) and 31 caused turnovers (1st). In 13 games against ranked opponents, she totaled 25 goals and 12 assists for 37 points with 90 draw controls, 35 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers.

Reilly posted four games this season with double-figure draw controls, including a career-best 13 in a 22-16 triumph over 15th-ranked Saint Anselm College on March 21. She posted a career-high eight caused turnovers and eight ground balls to go with two goals and three assists in a 12-8 victory over No. 11 Merrimack College on April 12. Reilly netted a season-high five goals in an 11-9 win at Saint Michael's College on March 22 and posted a season-best seven points on four goals and three assists in a 26-10 triumph over Southern New Hampshire University on April 18.

Reilly, a consensus second team All-American as a sophomore, has started 51 of the 54 games she has played over her career at Stonehill and totaled 104 goals and 48 assists for 152 points. She has also totaled 194 draw controls, 150 ground balls and 104 caused turnovers. Reilly earned second team All-America honors from both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and as a sophomore and has earned NE-10 Commissioner's and Athletic Director's Honor Roll status for her efforts in the classroom as well.

Stonehill (14-5, 10-2 NE-10) is ranked seventh in the final IWLCA Division II poll released this week. The Skyhawks capped their season with an NE-10 record 14th-straight trip to the semifinal round of the NE-10 Tournament. Stonehill played 13 games against nationally-ranked teams this season, posting an 8-5 record.