Tortorelli Named American Lacrosse Conference Goalie Of The Year
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., May 12, 2004 - Penn State women¡¯s lacrosse goalkeeper Lee Tortorelli (Havertown, Pa.) was named the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Goalie of the Year, league officials recently announced. Four other Nittany Lions also picked up All-ALC honors, including senior Janique Craig (Doylestown, Pa.), senior Stephanie Curnoles (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore Lori Havrilla (Devon, Pa.) who were all named First Team All-ALC with Tortorelli, and junior Kristen Burke (Severna Park, Md.) who grabbed second team honors.
The awards mark Penn State¡¯s ninth through 13th All-ALC accolades since the league was formed in 2002.
Tortorelli, who was named the ALC Player of the Week and the National Player of the Week by womenslacrosse.com on May 3, led the conference in save percentage (55.6%) and ranked 12th in the country at the end of the regular season. The junior finished the season ranked first on the team in ground balls (42) and caused turnovers with 20 in 17 games. She shattered her own single-season saves record, eclipsing the 2003 season mark of 199 in 17 games by saving 219 in 17 games this season. For her career, she boasts 607 saves, just seven saves shy of the Penn State all-time career saves record of 614 held by Megan Ames (61 games from 1998-2001). Tortorelli was named a second team IWLCA All-America selection last season along with picking up first team All-Mid-Atlantic, second team All-ALC and Academic All-Big Ten and ALC honors last season.
Craig, a midfielder, started all 17 games of the season, scoring three goals and adding six assists. She ranked second on the team in both ground balls (29) and caused turnovers (16) and also posted 16 draw controls. Craig notched four ground balls in the season-opening contest at Vanderbilt (Feb. 29) and had five other contests where she posted three ground balls. She also tallied six contests of two or more caused turnovers, including notching three at Ohio State on April 23. This is the first All-ALC award for Craig, who is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well.
Curnoles recorded nine goals and two assists for 11 points in 16 games of the season. She ranked third on the team in ground balls (27) and led the squad in draw controls (27). The senior recorded two goals against both Ohio (April 25) and Loyola (April 3), also tallying three points in both of the contests. She posted three contests of three ground balls and notched three caused turnovers versus Virginia on April 21. This is the second All-ALC honor for Curnoles, as she picked up second team honors last season.
Havrilla started all 17 games of the year, leading the team with 36 goals and 48 points aided by 12 assists. She topped the squad in shots (81) and ranked second in caused turnovers (13), also posting 11 ground balls and 11 draw controls for the season. She scored four goals in a game on two different occasions, including at James Madison (March 9) and at Vanderbilt (Feb. 29), and recorded five points against both Maryland (March 26) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 29). This is the first All-ALC honor for Havrilla.
Burke ranked second on the squad with 29 goals and 35 points in 17 games. She recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) at Ohio State (April 23) and tallied five points (four goals, one assist) versus Davidson (March 6). For the season, Burke tallied 12 ground balls, 10 draw controls and six caused turnovers, including two at Ohio State. This is the first All-ALC honor for Burke, who was named Academic All-Big Ten and All-ALC last year.
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