LM's Division I Women's All-Americans Announced
|Brooke Griffin joins fellow Terps on Lacrosse Magazine's All-American Team, tying Cummings in assists with her feeds from behind the net. (Greg Wall)|
Attacker of the Year – Kayla Treanor, Syracuse
The most dynamic attacker of this season and ACC Offensive Player of the Year is Treanor, who was an unstoppable force on the Syracuse offense, especially with her roll dodges right on top of the crease, scoring from seemingly no angle shots. She finishes the season as the points leader in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse (117).
Midfielder of the Year – Taylor Cummings, Maryland
As the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and the recipient of the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy, Cummings is no doubt the best of the best in the midfield with her domination on the draw, capturing a total of 128 draw controls this season. As the most well-rounded Terp, she has also tallied 87 points (63 goals, 24 assists), 37 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers.
Defender of the Year – Megan Douty, Maryland
Being the lone defender in the top five Tewaaraton finalists speaks volumes to her accomplishments this year as Maryland's go-to one-on-one specialist. As the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, she led the nation's most potent defense, scooping up 36 ground balls on the season, just one shy of Cummings, and causing 19 turnovers.
Goalie of the Year – Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook
It is no doubt that Caridi was the best goalie for the 2014 season. She boasts the nation's best save percentage (0.542) and goals against average (5.17) and has remained at the top of the charts all season long. Although Stony Brook fell to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament 13-6, she still put up a fight this season, leading the way for her team to advance as far as they did.
Rookie of the Year – Zoe Stukenberg, Maryland
As a freshman starting in a dominant Maryland squad that took home the NCAA title this year, Stukenberg certainly stepped up to the plate, helping command the Terps on offense and speeding past her defenders. She netted a total of 47 points (35 goals, 12 assists), 21 ground balls, 23 draw controls and eight caused turnovers. Stukenberg was also named the ACC Freshman of the Year as a dynamic midfielder supporting Cummings' efforts.
The Lacrosse Magazine First Team of All-Americans is a starting lineup of four attackers, three midfielders, four defenders and one goalkeeper, per NCAA standards.
Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins University, Sr., A
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse University, Sr., A
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse University, Soph., A
Brooke Griffin, University of Maryland, Jr., A
Shannon Gilroy, University of Florida, Jr., M
Taylor Cummings, University of Maryland, Soph., M
Kelly McPartland, University of Maryland, Jr., M
Megan Douty, University of Maryland, Jr., D
Sloane Serpe, University of North Carolina, Sr., D
Meg Markham, University of Pennsylvania, Jr., D
Taylor Virden, Duke University, Sr., D
Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook University, Sr., GK
Joining Treanor on attack are three standouts from this season. For the championship team, Griffin kickstarted every offense with her speed and agilty behind the net at X looking to feed inside as the ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player. She is right up there with Cummings – one goal less and tied in assists.
As the first young woman in the Syracuse program to be named a Tewaaraton finalist twice, Alyssa Murray is second in the nation in points behind Treanor. Murray and Treanor became the dynamic duo that led Syracuse to new heights this season. Murray ends her senior year with 110 points from 65 goals and 45 assists for back-to-back seasons of more than 100 points.
One cannot discount Taylor D'Amore's performance on the field for her Blue Jays this season, leading them to a historical 10-0 start having grown from her experience with the US National Team. She tops the charts for Division I as the leader in assists (53) and points per game (5.25). D'Amore ends her senior year with 105 points, 22 ground balls, 63 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers.
In the midfield, Tewaaraton finalist Shannon Gilroy out of Florida deserves a spotlight as an All-American this season. Before the NCAA Tournament and unexpectly losing to Northwestern in the quarterfinals, she led the nation in points, but now sits third in total points behind Treanor and Murray. However, she takes the No. 1 spot for Division I in goals (86) – a position she consistently held all year.
She is joined by Kelly McPartland to round out the midfield All-Americans. As a member of the All-ACC First Team, McPartland has tallied the most points for the Terps championship squad (94). Using her speed, she was a key player in transitioning the ball into their offensive third and recorded a team-high 33 assists.
Along with the lone defender in the Tewaaraton finalists, Meg Markham ranks fifth in the nation for caused turnovers with 2.39 per game (43 total) with a Penn team that faced a tough schedule this season, having both an SOS and RPI in the top ten. Although officially listed as a defender, this Ivy League Defender of the Year was also a force in the midfield, grabbing 42 draw controls and 46 ground balls.
Despite a tough season, Sloane Serpe anchored the North Carolina defense, kicking off the year as the No. 1 squad defending their national title. Starting all games since she was a freshman, she has been a key one-on-one specialist for the Tar Heels. As a graduating senior, Serpe scooped up 40 ground balls and caused 19 turnovers.
As a member of the All-ACC First Team, Taylor Virden ends her last season as a Blue Devil dominating her squad's defense with the most caused turnovers (28) and leading them to an upset victory over eighth seeded Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Starting all 19 games this year, she also grabbed 62 draw controls and 40 ground balls as a significant contributer on the field.
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