Kelly and Dee Named All-MIAA

FREELAND, Mich. - Saint Mary's lacrosse players Kate Kelly and Katlynn Dee each picked up an All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) honor as announced by the league on Thursday.

Kate Kelly became the program's first-ever All-MIAA First Team honoree by picking up the at-large spot on the top team. The freshman midfielder was tied for 12th in total points (21) and tied for 13th in total goals (17) in conference play. She led the conference in both ground balls and caused turnovers while finishing 11th in draw controls in her first season with the Belles.

Katlynn Dee earned her second consecutive All-MIAA Second Team recognition as the Belles' leader on defense. The junior co-captain was ninth in the conference in caused turnovers and picked up 22 ground balls on the season as the Belles allowed the fifth-fewest goals per game among league teams in 2016.

In just the third year of the program, the Belles finished tied for fourth in the conference. It is the second consecutive season that the program has been recognized with multiple All-MIAA honorees by the conference coaches.

2016 All-MIAA Women's Lacrosse Honors
Defensive Player of the Year: Katie Johnson, Kalamazoo
Offensive Player of the Year: Kadie Koolwick, Albion
Rookie of the Year: Hannah VanAlst, Hope

2016 MIAA Women's Lacrosse First Team
Amanda Davio, Calvin - A
Cait Gaitley, Albion - A
Julie Wood, Albion - A
Mara Droppers, Hope - D
Alyssa Gagnon, Calvin - D
Taylor Nelson, Albion - D
Katie Johnson, Kalamazoo - GK
Alex Branum, Adrian - M
Emily Cefaratti, Calvin - M
Kadie Koolwick, Albion - M
Emily Reverman, Alma - M
Hannah VanAlst, Hope - M
Kate Kelly, Saint Mary’s - At-Large

2016 MIAA Women's Lacrosse Second Team
Abigale Cassella, Hope - A
Emily Deane, Hope - A
Kelly Pepper, Calvin - A
Katlynn Dee, Saint Mary’s - D
Mikaela Ray, Albion - D
Mackenzie Schumborg, Hope - D
Victoria Della Pia, Albion - GK
Madeline Baas, Calvin - M
Shannon Kahl, Albion - M
Annika Nuler, Adrian - M
Ashton Street, Alma - M
Alexandra Webb, Hope - M
Annie Rice, Adrian - At-Large