LM's Division III Women's All-Americans Announced
|In both her freshman and sophomore years, Erica Geremia paved the way for her Cortland squad to reach the Final Four. (Brian Schneider)|
LM's 2014 Division III All-Americans are an accomplished bunch. Ten members of the senior-laden group played in an NCAA semifinal at some point during their career and five won an NCAA championship. Eight players make return appearances from the preseason list, and eight will not be back next season, because they graduated. Carrying the torch for the future are a pair of juniors from the NCAA champion and a couple of sophomores, one a dominating offensive star from the SUNYAC, the other a breakout defender from the NESCAC.
A Katharine Eddy, Sr., Colby
The NESCAC Player of the Year led Division III's most competitive conference with 33 assists and 67 points and really shined during league play when she paired 23 goals and 20 assists. She had five goals and six assists in Colby’s two wins over Middlebury this season.
A Erica Geremia, So., Cortland
The next great Cortland star piled up 124 points (54 goals, 70 assists), the third-most in Division III. The SUNYAC Player of the Year now has 260 points in two years on campus and the Red Dragons have reached the Final Four both times.
A Caroline Krohn, Sr., Franklin & Marshall
Krohn finished her career in Lancaster with another stellar campaign, putting up team-highs of 54 goals, 24 assists and 78 points, while leading the Dips to the NCAA quarterfinals. She graduates 11th all-time on F&M's points list and ninth on its all-time assists list.
A Kelsey Markiewicz, Sr., Gettysburg
Markiewicz scored a goal in all 21 of the Bullets’ games this season and set career highs in goals (53), points (67) and draw controls (69), as Gettysburg repeated as Centennial Conference champions. The 69 draw controls are the fifth-highest total in program history.
M Bethany Baer, Jr., Salisbury
Baer is a first-team All-American for the second year in a row, after a season in which she paired 48 goals with 13 assists and led the NCAA champion Sea Gulls in ground balls (41), draw controls (67) and finished second in caused turnovers (26).
M Alex Philie, Sr., Amherst
The leader of Amherst’s defense, which entered the final weekend ranked No. 1 in Division III, led the NESCAC with caused turnovers (33) and ranked fourth in draw controls (58). The NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year also shined on the offensive end, ranking third on the Jeffs with 28 goals and 35 points.
M Lauren Pigott, Sr., TCNJ
The NJAC Midfielder of the Year has long been known for her defense but turned in a dominating offensive campaign in 2014, setting career highs in goals (56), assists (21) and points (77). She kept up her usual stellar defensive work, leading the Lions with 56 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers, while roping in 71 draw controls.
D Hannah Deoul, Sr., Middlebury
Deoul finished out her career in Vermont with another shut-down campaign, grabbing 30 caused turnovers and 35 ground balls. She also roped in 32 draw controls while anchoring a unit that held opponents to less than eight goals per game.
D Jessica Lavelle, Sr., Cortland
Lavelle, who reached the NCAA semifinals in each of her four seasons on campus, graduates as one of the most accomplished defenders in Division III history. She closed things out with 40 ground balls and 48 caused turnovers, while leading the Red Dragons to the No. 4 ranked defense in Division III.
D Laura Maskell, Jr., Salibury
Maskell was a dynamic element on a defense that, regardless of what the stats say, can safely be called Division III’s best unit. She led all SU defenders in ground balls (34), draw controls (49) and caused turnovers (40) and caused a pair of turnovers in the NCAA championship game, in which Salisbury held Trinity scoreless at halftime for the first time all season.
D Ashley Stewart, So., Trinity
A year after being named the Bantams’ Most Improved Player, Stewart broke out by leading Trinity in ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (30). She also tallied 19 draw controls and even scored two goals, while playing an integral role on a defense that Trinity rode all the way to the NCAA title game.
G Ashton Wheatley, Sr., Salisbury
The athletic former midfielder who walked on four years ago, graduates with two NCAA championships and a 66-2 record as a starter. For her last go-around, she put up a 5.85 goals against average, a .514 saved percentage and finished third on the team with 37 ground balls. She never did score a goal, though.
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