Keuka's Bonafede Makes National Lacrosse Honor Roll

Sophomore Maggie Bonafede was named to the SynapseSports.com national Division III honor roll, one of nine players across the country to garner a spot on the team.

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. —  Sophomore Maggie Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y.) has helped quarterback the Keuka College women’s lacrosse team to eight straight wins to open the 2012 season.

Bonafede, an attacker, ranks second in the country in assists per game, averaging 4.75 assists per contest, and on Tuesday, Bonafede’s stellar play earned her national honors.

After scoring six goals with 18 assists and 11 groundballs in four wins, Bonafede was named to the SynapseSports.com national Division III honor roll, one of nine players across the country to garner a spot on the team.

Earlier in the week, Bonafede, who leads the Storm in points (52) and assists (38), earned the North Atlantic Conference’s (NAC) West Division Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Among the week’s highlights for Bonafede: two goals with five assists during a 17-3 win over Wilson College, one goal and three assists in the Storm’s 11-9 win over Roberts Wesleyan College, one goal and seven assists in an 18-2 win over the College of St. Elizabeth and two goals and three assists in a 14-5 victory over Penn State Abington.

On Tuesday, Bonafede continued her stellar play with a three-goal, five-assist gem during a 20-2 home win over Wells College.

Thanks to Bonafede’s outstanding play, the Storm won its 18th straight contest dating back to last season. Keuka last suffered a loss on March 29, 2011, a 12-13 setback against Hartwick College.

Keuka returns to action with a 1 p.m. NEAC contest at Medaille College on Saturday afternoon.


*Release and photo courtesy of John Boccacino, Keuka College sports information director

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf). 

Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sports of baseball, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s tennis.  The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis, while the NAC will compete as associate members of the NEAC in baseball and women’s tennis.  Members from each conference will be divided into an East and West Division for each sport, with each division holding a championship and the two divisional champions then facing off to determine the conference champion. The conference winner for each sport will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.  For baseball and women’s lacrosse, this partnership will end following the 2012 season.

A complete sport-by-sport breakdown of the NEAC/NAC partnership is as follows:

Baseball: NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Husson, Lyndon State, Maine-Farmington, New England College and Thomas will play in the NEAC as associate members in the East Division.  The West Division will consist of NEAC members Cazenovia, Gallaudet, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg and SUNY Institute of Technology.  A three-game series between the two divisional winners will be used to determine the conference champion.

Women's Lacrosse: NEAC members Cazenovia, College of St. Elizabeth, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Medaille, Penn State Abington, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville, Wells and Wilson will play as associate members of the NAC in a West Division.  The East Division will consist of NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Husson, Maine-Farmington, New England College and Thomas.

Men's Tennis: NEAC members Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks and Penn State Harrisburg will play as associate members of the NAC in a West Division.  The East Division will consist of NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Green Mountain, Johnson State, Lyndon State and Thomas.

Women's Tennis: NAC members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Johnson State, Lyndon State and Thomas will play in the NEAC as associate members in the East Division.  The West Division will consist of NEAC members College of St. Elizabeth, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg and Wells.