Emery Sweeney '07
Photo By Charlie Quigg '09
Sweeney became one of 15 Amherst players over the last six years to earn All-America honors on Wednesdsay.

Briody, Sweeney, Noonan Earn IWLCA/US Lacrosse Second-Team All-America

June 1, 2006

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College women’s lacrosse juniors Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) and Emery Sweeney (Darien, CT) and rookie Mary Noonan (W. Roxbury, MA) each earned Second-Team All-America honors this week, as recognized by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and U.S. Lacrosse, and will be honored at a banquet in Baltimore, Md. on June 10.

This marks the first career All-America recognition for each of the three as they become the 13th, 14th and 15th Lord Jeffs in the last six years to earn the distinction. They helped Amherst to its sixth straight at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and its fifth trip to the national quarterfinals over the span, finishing this season with a 14-4 (7-2 NESCAC) record.

After repeating as an All-Region and All-NESCAC honoree this spring, Briody surpassed InsideLacrosse.com’s 2006 Preseason Third-Team All-America prediction with her second-team showing. She paced the Jeffs in each offensive category, amassing 76 points on 49 goals and 27 assists. Briody had her strongest showings in Amherst’s most important games this season, posting a career-high and NESCAC Tournament-record nine points (four goals, five assists) in a win over Wesleyan University, and matching the total (five goals, four assists) in a NCAA Tournament second-round victory over Rowan University.

Sweeney wraps up her first collegiate collection of postseason awards, following First-Team IWLCA All-Region honors with her second-team plaudits. She was a key member of a stellar Jeff defense that led the NESCAC and finished 12th in the nation in goals against average (7.39), scooping up 37 ground ball and forcing 24 turnovers (both second-highest totals on team).

Noonan completes a breakout rookie campaign with her national recognition, having already earned First-Team IWLCA All-Region and Second-Team All-NESCAC recognition. The starting center all spring, she was among the team leaders in every category, racking up 30 goals, nine assists, 22 ground balls, 33 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers.