Moon Township, Pa. - April 23, 2009 - On Thursday evening at the NEC Women’s Lacrosse Banquet held on the campus of Sacred Heart, the Colonials were awarded with three post-season Northeast Conference honors. Senior defender Mary Kate Egan (Lynch, Md. / Kent County) and senior midfielder Kara Blakeley (Gibsonia, Pa. / Pine-Richland) both scored a spot on the All-NEC First Team, while senior attacker Ashley Levering (Glenwood, Md. / Glenelg) was named to the All-NEC second team.
This marks Egan’s second All-NEC honor, as she was named to the All-NEC second team in 2007. Over the course of Egan’s four year career she has been the Colonial’s primary defensive threat and this season was no different. She led a defensive unit that allowed on average just 8.5 goals in its final four NEC wins of the season, which helped the Colonials end the year with their best NEC record to date at 5-3. She also tied for fifth on the team with 17 caused turnovers and added 25 ground balls. She finishes her career with the Colonials ranked first in RMU’s career record book with 70 caused turnovers.
This also marks Blakeley’s second time on the All-NEC team, as she was named to the second team in 2007. This season Blakeley captured a career-high 39 goals, which led the team. She also added eight assists on the season for a total of 47 points. In RMU’s first-ever win against Mount St. Mary’s last week, Blakeley was a key factor, as she scored a team-high four goals. She averaged 2.44 goals per game throughout the season, which ranked eighth in the NEC. She played in 16 games throughout the season and tallied at least one point in 15 of them and notched multiple points in 14 games. She finishes her career with the Colonials ranked third in RMU’s career record book with 124 points.
Levering finished the season with the best performance of her career. She destroyed the NEC single-season record with a league-best 51 assists and her 3.0 assists per game ranks her first in the conference and second nationally. She also tallied 13 goals to give her 64 points on the year, which leads the Colonials and ranks third in the NEC. On April 17 she registered 10 points and seven assists in a win over Saint Francis (Pa.), which broke two RMU single-game records and placed her second and third, respectively, on the league’s single game chart. She finishes her career as the NEC’s and RMU’s active career assist leader with 95. She is also first in RMU’s record book and second in the NEC with 180 points.
Robert Morris finished the year with its best season to date at 9-8, which marks the Colonials first winning season.