Women's Lacrosse Sweeps Skyline Awards; Places Eight on All-Conference Team

Montclair, NJ (5/3/11) – The Montclair State women’s lacrosse team swept the Skyline Conference postseason awards announced on Tuesday as the league champion Red Hawks placed eight players on the All-Conference Team.

Senior midfielder Kayla Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) was named the Skyline Player of the Year while freshmanKelly Schoneveld (Denville, NJ / Morris Knolls) was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year. Head coach Nicol Parcelluzziwas selected as the Coach of the Year for the second straight season and fourth time overall. 

Henderson was one of five players named to the First Team as she was joined by sister Tiffani Henderson (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) at goalkeeper. Senior defender Sara Watson (Medford Lakes, NJ / Shawnee), junior Cora Delfini(New Egypt, NJ / New Egypt) and sophomore Kailee Beal (Landing, NJ / Roxbury) rounded out the First-Team picks. Schoneveld, Meghan Spitzer (Mount Olive, NJ / Mount Olive) and senior defender Kristin Quigley (Marlton, NJ /Lenape)were voted to the Second Team.

Kayla Henderson receives her third Skyline All-Conference honor and second First-Team selection. She was Second Team last season. Henderson leads the team with 59 goals and is second in overall points with 67. She also had 3 0draw to her credit, 28 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. Henderson leads the Skyline Conference in game-winning goals with six. She scored four or more goals 10 times this season, including a season-best six versus Ramapo in the Skyline Conference Championship Game.

Schoneveld put together a solid first season with Montclair scoring 20 goals and registering 28 points. A two-time Skyline Rookie of the Week selection, she also had 34 ground balls, 33 draw and 15 caused turnovers. Schoneveld came up big in the Skyline Tournament with six goals and two assists along with four ground balls and four draws in the two wins. 

Delfini, last year’s Skyline Player of the Year, collected her third All-Conference accolade and second straight First-Team nod. The junior leads the team in points scored with 67 and is second in goals with 53 to go along with 38 ground balls, 44 draw controls and 22 forced turnovers. She has scored at least one goal in every game this season, including 14 contests with three or more. She scored five goals as the Red Hawks clinched the Skyline regular-season title at Farmingdale State and had a combined seven goals and one assists in the Skyline Tournament. 

Beal, the 2010 Rookie of the Year, earned her second consecutive First-Team honor. In 16 games this season she scored 40 goals and added 16 assists for 56 points while setting a new Montclair State single-season record with 78 draws. Beal also recorded 33 ground balls and forced 16 turnovers and ranks 10th in the league in points per game (3.50) and second in draws per contest (4.88). 

Watson earned her first selection as she was part of the Skyline’s top defensive unit. She played in 15 of 16 contests and recorded 35 ground balls and 17 forced turnovers, the latter number third on the Red Hawks. 

Like Beal, Tiffani Henderson is also a two-time First Team All-Conference selection. She leads the Skyline in goals against average at 8.63 and is tops in save percentage at 49.5 percent. In 16 games this year, Henderson had stopped 136 shots, including five games or 10 or more stops. Her season –best came in the Red hawks 15-13 win over Scranton on March 8 when she made 15 saves. Beal stopped 17 of 27 shots in the Skyline Tournament, including eight in the title contest versus Ramapo.

Spitzer had a breakout season while landing her first All-Conference honor.  Posting a team-best 31 assists, she also found the back of the net 14 times and had 15 ground balls. Spitzer, who ranks second in the Skyline in assists, had at least one assist in 12 of 16 games and has six apiece in wins over Maritime College and Sage on March 26 and April 9, respectively. 

Quigley was tabbed All-Conference for the third All-Skyline accolade as she was named First Team in 2008 and 2009. Quigley is second on the team in caused turnovers and also had 30 ground balls. She had at least one forced turnover a game, including five along with five ground balls in Montclair’s 17-4 win over Kean in the semifinals of the Skyline Conference Tournament.  

Parcelluzzi led Montclair State to its second straight undefeated Skyline regular-season and fifth in six years since MSU joined the league in 2006. In her six seasons at the helm, Parcelluzzi is 70-35, including a sparkling 39-1 record in Skyline play. Montclair has won five of the six Skyline Tournament contested and have reached the NCAA Tournament for a fourth time.