Jackie Lyons Named A-10 Lacrosse Player Of The Year
April 22, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Massachusetts junior Jackie Lyons has been named the Atlantic 10 women's lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year in voting conducted by the Conference's head coaches. Richmond sophomore Mary Flowers was tabbed Midfielder of the Year and La Salle sophomore Megan Corliss earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor.
In the same vote La Salle's Lauren McDermott was selected Rookie of the Year and Candance Taglianetti of La Salle was named Coach of the Year. Additionally, Explorer senior Jill Davis was named Student-Athlete of the Year in voting by the Conference's Sports Information Directors.
Lyons, the first UMass women's lacrosse standout to be named Offensive Player of the Year, enters this week's A-10 Championship (Apr. 23-25) leading the Minutewomen with 38 goals and 16 assists for 54 points. The Rocky Point, N.Y., native led the A-10 in both goals (24) and points (35) in conference play. Lyons has registered 12 multi-point games, including seven in A-10 action, while scoring four-plus points in five league contests.
Flowers garners the league's third-ever Midfielder of the Year award and the second overall for the Spiders. She has registered a team-high 57 points on 48 goals and nine assists. The Virginia Beach, Va., resident was named A-10 Player of the Week on Apr. 19 after leading the Spiders to their fourth regular season title in five years. She is one of the most versatile players in the Conference as she leads the league in caused turnovers per game (1.94) and ranks second in both ground balls (3.41) and draw controls (3.18).
Corliss, a goalkeeper from Bluebell, Pa., earns La Salle's first Defensive Player of the Year citation after leading the A-10 with a .477 save percentage and an impressive 9.57 goals against average - ranking her among the Top 25 nationally in both categories. Corliss has started all 15 games between the pipes for the Explorers this season while recording 135 saves, 11 ground balls and one caused turnover.
Joining Lyons, Flowers and Corliss on the All-Conference first-team are Duquesne's Meghan Frederick; George Washington's Kelsey Honeyford; La Salle's Jill Davis; Merritt Cosgrove and Riley Perry of Massachusetts; Richmond's Bria Eulitt; Molly Hastrich and Christine Hanley of St. Bonaventure; and Temple's Tracy Zimmer.
The All-Conference second-team consists of Duquesne's Katie Rekart and Sara Beckstead; George Washington's Sarah Phillips and Laura Dominiak; La Salle's Lauren McDermott and Dorothy Schalleur; Dayna Defliese of Massachusetts; Richmond's Gabi Wiegand and Alexis Brennan; Liz Fox and Grace Dinn of Saint Joseph's; and Temple's Chelsea Rosiek.
McDermott enjoyed an outstanding rookie season for La Salle, leading the Explorers to their first-ever A-10 Championship appearance. The two-time Rookie of the Week has started every game for the Explorers in the midfield and boasts 39 points on 34 goals and five assists. McDermott leads the team with 30 draw controls and is second in goals scored. Additionally, she finished the regular season ranked second among Conference rookies in goals and 10th overall.
McDermott is joined on the All-Rookie team by Duquesne's Aubrey Green, Casey Denk and Riley Schamburg; George Washington's Nicole Lacey and Abby Sneeringer; La Salle's Melanie Sarcinello; Jordan Renna of Massachusetts; Richmond's Gabi Wiegand and Kara Moschetti; and Temple's Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola.
Davis garners Student-Athlete of the Year honors and her second-straight Academic All-Conference nod. The senior attacker from Folsom, Pa., enters this weekend's A-10 Championship as La Salle's leading scorer with 53 points on team-bests of 39 goals and 14 assists. She ranks fourth in the Conference in points per game (3.53) and sixth in goals per game. Davis, a first-team All-Conference selection, maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average as an Elementary Education/Special Education major.
Joining Davis on the Academic All-Conference team are Duquesne's Kat McNish and Janna Faulkner; George Washington's Liz Hoffman and Sarah Phillips; Merritt Cosgrove and Riley Perry of Massachusetts; St. Bonventure's Catie Greene and Molly Hastrich; and Temple's Chelsea Rosiek, Missy Schweitzer and Ann Stouffer.
In her second season, Taglianetti has guided La Salle to its best season in program history, including the squad's first-ever appearance in the A-10 Championship. The Explorers have equaled the program record for overall wins (nine), while establishing a new mark for single-season A-10 victories (five). Taglianetti holds a Master's degree in Sport and Recreation Management from Kent State University, and a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in Communication.