Five Poets named to All-SCIAC Team

Five Poets named to All-SCIAC Team

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released its 2012 all-conference teams this past weekend and the Whittier College women's lacrosse team was honored with a first-team selection and four second-team honorees.

Junior Carolyn Mukai landed on the first-team for the third straight season after leading the Purple & Gold to a fourth seed in the SCIAC Post Season Tournament and an upset of Redlands in the final game of the regular season. The Northborough, MA., native served as one of the top all-around players all year as she accumulated a team high 52 goals on 103 shots for a 51% shot percentage, 29 assists, 34 caused turnovers, 54 ground balls and 88 draw controls while playing in and starting 16 games.

Sophomores Shaina Denny, Amiya Moretta earned All-SCIAC recognition for the second straight season, while sophomore Dana Barraco and freshman Lily Baxter earned 2nd Team Honors for the first time.

Denny who led SCIAC in scoring last season as a freshman again proved to be a strong component on the Poet offense as she recorded 25 goals on 54 shots for a 46% shot percentage.  She started 15 of 16 games this season and tallied one assist, 23 groundballs, 21 draw controls, and 19 caused turnovers. 

Moretta proved to be a versatile player at the midfield position and played a big role on defense causing a team high 34 caused turnovers, and coming in second in groundballs with 45.  She also hauled in 20 draw controls, and recorded 17 goals and three assists. 

Barraco who earns All-SCIAC honors for the first time was third on the team in goals with 40, while recording 10 assists.  She grabbed 44 groundballs and was second on the team with 52 draw controls and had a 49% shot percentage. 

Baxter, the Phoenix, AZ native proved to be a big pickup for head coach Staci Williams who came in this year and made an immediate impact starting in all 17 games as a freshman recording 51 goals and 5 assists.  She had a 51% shot percentage and had 27 groundballs, 26 draw controls, and five caused turnovers. 

This season she recorded game high 7 goals twice against Fort Lewis and Puget Sound and had 5 goals against Pacific University.