Kilburn & Banmann Named to NFHCA All-American Teams

Kilburn & Banmann Named to NFHCA All-American Teams


SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – The 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-America Teams have been announced and Mount Holyoke College student-athletes Kirsten Kilburn and Diana Banmann were recognized. Kilburn was named to the Second Team, while Banmann was a Third Team honoree. Both garnered All-Region First Team recognition on November 18.

A junior midfielder and captain from North Branford, Conn., Kilburn was second on the squad in scoring with 57 points on a squad-best 19 assists and 19 goals. She ranked second in the nation and led the conference in assists per game (0.90). Additionally, Kilburn was 15th in points per game (2.71) among Division III's best.

Kilburn tallied at least one goal in 12 contests, including a four-tally effort in an 8-0 victory against Western New England University (9/14). One of the conference's toughest two-way players, Kilburn posted an assist in 12 games this season.

A two-time NEWMAC All-Conference First Team selection, set a number of records during the 2013 season. She tied the all-time record for goals in a game (4) and hit the top mark for most points in a game with 10 (4 goals/2 assists). Additionally, she became the program's record holder for assists in a season.

Kilburn, who is a former standout at North Branford High School, has played in 59 contests (58 as a starter). She has amassed 133 points on 49 goals and 35 assists. Amongst the program's all-time leaders, Kilburn ranks second in assists and third in both goals and points.

A forward from Hanover, Germany, Banmann tallied a team-high 32 goals with four assists for a squad-best 68 points as a starter in all 21 contests. She also posted team-best numbers in shots (128), shots on goal (95) and game-winning goals (7). Additionally, Banmann, who earned NEWMAC Offensive Performer of the Week four times during 2013, ranked second in Division III in goals per game (1.52) and was sixth in points per game (3.24).

Banmann, who was a NEWMAC All-Conference First Team honoree, tallied at least one goal in 16 of 20 contests, including three or more in five contests. Her hat tricks were clutch for the Lyons, coming in a 10-0 win over Regis (8/31), a 7-1 victory at Nichols (9/5), a 3-2 overtime win against Amherst, a 4-2 decision at Springfield (10/12) and a 6-2 victory at then-#19 MIT (10/26).

Among the NEWMAC's best, Banmann ranked first in goals and shots on goal and was second in points and shots, while finishing third in game-winning tallies.

Mount Holyoke, under the direction of 16th-year head coach Andy Whitcomb and assistant coaches Sherry Webb and Tricia Chase '12, finished with an 18-3 overall mark, which was the second-most wins in program history (behind the 2002 team - 19-4) and the program record for fewest losses. Six players finished with double-digits in points, while four were named NEWMAC All-Conference, including the Rookie of the Year.