June 6, 2011

Women's Lacrosse Kaitlyn Kelly To Play In IWLCA Senior All-Star Game

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's lacrosse senior defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) has been selected to play in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) senior all-star game, which is scheduled to be played on Saturday, June 11 in Downingtown, Pa. at the United Sports Training Center. Kelly, who is the sole representative of the Northeast Conference in the weekend's upcoming game, is one of five defenders that will play for the North Squad in the North versus South matchup.

"Being recognized as one of the top seniors in the nation is quite an accomplishment, and I can't imagine a better way for Kaitlyn to close out her collegiate career," head coach Danie Caro said. "I hope that she will enjoy playing with and against some of the best players in Division I, and I know she will represent the NEC well. We're very proud of all that she has achieved at Quinnipiac - she has set a new standard for the players that will follow her."

Kelly was honored at season's end with her second consecutive All-NEC First Team selection, after leading the team in caused turnovers (23), and finishing second on the squad with 39 ground balls. The senior also finished the regular season ranking second in the NEC with 1.77 caused turnovers per game.

"It is an honor to be selected to play in the North-South senior game to play alongside many of the country's best seniors," said Kelly. "It is a great way to end my lacrosse career."

Kelly was named NEC Defensive Player of the Week once during the 2011 season, on Monday, Apr. 4, marking the third time in her career that she has received such recognition.

The North Massapequa native ended her career at Quinnipiac as the active team-leader in ground balls (114) and caused turnovers (69), while ranking third with 92 draw controls. Kelly leaves her mark as one of the top defenders in program-history, ranking fourth all-time in caused turnovers, fifth in draw controls and ninth in ground balls. In 2010, she became just the third player in program history to be named NEC Defensive Player of the Year.