W&M's Golden Named CAA Player of Year
from press release
TOWSON, Md. - The William and Mary lacrosse team made history at the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association awards banquet on Wednesday evening in Towson, Md., as the Tribe became the first team in league history to garner all three of the conference's top individual player honors in the same season. Senior midfielder Grace Golden was chosen as the player of the year, while senior defender Sarah Jonson was selected as the defender of the year and freshman attacker Taelor Salmon was honored as the rookie of the year.
Golden and Jonson also garnered first-team all-conference distinction, while Salmon was named to the all-rookie team. Additionally, senior attacker Ashley Holofcener and senior midfielder Molly Wannen were selected to the all-league second team, while redshirt freshman midfielder Katie Stillwell earned all-rookie team accolades. All of the postseason honors were selected by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.
One of the most decorated players in league history, Golden becomes just the third player in the conference's existence to earn first-team All-CAA honors four times. Additionally, she becomes the fourth player in school history to garner the league's player of the year accolade.
A Tewaarton Award nominee, Golden led the conference in goals per game (3.3), points per game (3.9), draw controls per game (3.1), caused turnovers per game (2.8) and game-winning goals (5), while she also ranked fifth in ground balls per game. Additionally, her caused turnovers average ranked second nationally, while her goals average ranked 12th.
En route to achieving the lofty rankings, Golden broke the program's single-season caused turnovers record (44) and needs just three more draw controls to eclipse the single-season mark of 52 established by Wannen last spring. Golden finished the regular season with 12 hat tricks and was honored as the CAA Player of the Week twice (2/28, 4/18). One of her best efforts came in the win against Richmond when she equaled a single-game school record with eight goals (on nine shots) with an assist.
Golden owns W&M's record for career draw controls (151), while she ranks second in career points (227) and goals (185). Additionally, she ranks among the program's all-time top 10 in assists (42), ground balls (176) and caused turnovers (121).
One of the nation's top defenders, Jonson earned her second-consecutive defensive player of the year award and becomes just the third player in league history to garner the distinction multiple times. Additionally, she is the second W&M player to be chosen as the CAA's top defensive player, as Kim Fabel was honored in 2001.
A two-time Tewaarton Award nominee, Jonson is a three-time All-CAA selection and a two-time first-team choice. The Dallas, Texas native ranks fifth nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.4), while she ranks second in the CAA in draw controls per game (2.9) and caused turnovers per game and fourth in ground balls per game (2.6). Jonson's 46 draw controls ranks tied for third on W&M's single-season list, while her 38 caused turnovers is sixth. Highlighting her list of impressive performances this season was her effort in the win against Virginia Tech when she set a single-game school record with nine caused turnovers. Following the contest, she was honored as the CAA Player of the Week and named to the Synapse Sports National Honor Roll.
Perhaps the greatest defender in the program's history, Jonson owns the school record for career caused turnovers (134) and ranks third in draw controls (122) and sixth in ground balls (167).
Salmon established herself as the CAA's top freshman this season and became the program's third rookie of the year honoree. A three-time conference rookie of the week selection, the Fort Washington, Md., native finished the season with 24 points on 20 goals and four assists. Additionally, she contributed 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Salmon posted a number of impressive performances, highlighted with hat tricks in wins against Boston University (4), Old Dominion (4) and Drexel (3) as well as multi-goal efforts against James Madison, Penn State and Navy. She also came up big in the triple overtime victory at Delaware when she scored the game-winning goal.
One of the CAA's top attackers throughout her career, Holofcener is a two-time all-conference selection who garnered second-team honors this year. The Baltimore, Md., native leads the CAA with 1.6 assists per game, while she ranks third in the league with 3.33 points per game. Additionally, her 24 assists ranks tied for fifth on the program's single-season list.
Holofcener recorded at least three points in nine games this season, while she totaled six or more points four times. Highlighting those impressive performances was an eight-point effort in the win at Old Dominion that earned her CAA Player of the Week accolades.
Holofcener owns the school record for career assists (101), while she ranks third all-time at the College with 208 points.
Wannen earned second-team all-conference honors for the third-straight year after another impressive season. With the honor, she joins current teammates Golden and Jonson as one of just nine players in the program's history to garnered first or second-team all-conference distinction three or more times.
With 35 draw controls this spring, she ranks just outside the program's single-season top-10 list. Additionally, the Silver Spring, Md., native has totaled 11 points on 10 goals and an assist to go with 21 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Wannen totaled multiple draw controls in nine contests, including four of seven conference games. Her best performance came in the win at ODU when she set a single-game school record with nine draw controls.
Wannen ranks second on W&M's career draw controls list (133) and is sixth on the caused turnovers list (51). Additionally, she owns the program's single-season draw controls record of 52 that she established last spring.
After missing the entire 2010 season with an injury, Stillwell has made a significant impact during her redshirt freshman season. A starter in 13 games, she finished the regular season with 17 draw controls, 14 ground balls, six caused turnovers and a goal.
One of Stillwell's best performances came in the win against Hofstra when she totaled three ground balls, three caused turnovers and a draw control. Additionally, she registered four draw controls in the victory against Boston University and three draw controls in the triple overtime triumph against Delaware.
With Salmon and Stillwell's honors, W&M has had at least one player earn all-rookie team status in each of the last five seasons.
The third-seeded Tribe will begin its quest for the CAA Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament when it squares off against second-seeded and 11th-ranked James Madison in the opening round at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md., on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Top-seeded host Towson will take on fourth-seeded Drexel in the other semifinal game at 5 p.m. The winners will then meet in the championship game on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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