Seven Minutewomen Earn Atlantic 10 All-Conference Honors
April 23, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - Headlined by sophomore attack Jackie Lyons and senior defender Jackie Rosenzweig earning First Team honors, seven UMass women's lacrosse players earned Atlantic 10 Conference honors as announced by the league office on Thursday afternoon. Senior midfielder Holly Drown, senior attack Meghan Reddy, and sophomore midfielder Haley Smith were named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team, while freshman goalkeeper Katie Florence was named to the All-Rookie Team. Drown and junior defender Merritt Cosgrove were both named to the All-Academic Team to round out the honors for the Atlantic 10 Regular-Season Champions.
Duquesne junior Meghan Frederick and senior Allison Furstenburg from Richmond were named Atlantic 10 women's lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Year after a tie in the voting conducted among the Conference's head coaches. Duquesne senior Ashley Wood was tabbed the Midfielder of the Year and senior goalkeeper Suzy Herlihy of Saint Joseph's earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor.
In that same vote, George Washington's Sarah Phillips was tabbed Rookie of the Year and Denise Roessler of Saint Joseph's was named Coach of the Year. Additionally, Richmond senior midfielder Mandy Friend was named Student-Athlete of the Year in voting by the Conference's sports information directors.
For UMass, Rosenzweig earned her third career league honor. In 2006 she was named to the All-Rookie Team, while in 2008 she was named to the All-Conference Second Team. The senior co-captain has started 69 career games and leads the UMass defense with 15 caused turnovers and 16 groundballs. For her career, she ranks third all-time at UMass with 79 career caused turnovers.
Lyons, who was an All-Rookie selection in 2008, led UMass in scoring this season with 37 goals and 20 assists. She ranked seventh in the A-10 in goals per game, fifth in assist per game, and seventh in points per game.
The second-team honors for Drown, Reddy and Smith were the first league honors for each.
After playing primarily as a defender in 2008, Drown moved back to the midfield where she netted 27 goals and four assists this season. She also posted 39 draw controls which gave her the UMass career record (114) moving her past former standout Kathleen Typadis. Drown also earned her first career Academic All-Conference honor as a sport management major.
Reddy had a career year on the attack with 28 goals and 11 assists - both career bests. Her 60 draw controls led the Atlantic 10 and set the UMass single-season record, while her 12 against La Salle is the third most for a single-game in NCAA history.
Smith also had a breakout year along with Lyons. After scoring two goals and four assists in 2008, Smith finished the regular-season third on the team with 30 goals and four assists in 2009. In A-10 games, Smith netted 17 goals and three assists which was second most on the team.
In goal, Florence had an outstanding season for UMass starting every game of the season with a 10.77 goals against average and a .472 save percentage. In A-10 play, she posted an 8.11 GAA and a .525 save percentage. Her league goals against average ranked second overall, while her save percentage lead the league.
For the second consecutive season, Cosgrove earned a spot on the Academic All-Conference squad. Primarily a defensive midfielder, Cosgrove tied her career-high with eight goals this season. She also added 21 draw controls, 12 groundballs and seven caused turnovers.
UMass won the Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Regular-Season title for the first time since 2000 and will face 4th-seeded George Washington on Friday (1 PM) in the first semifinal game of the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament at Temple's Geasey Field in Philadelphia. No. 2 seed Richmond will host No. 3 seed Saint Joseph's in the second semifinal game at 3:30 PM on Friday with the winners meeting on Sunday afternoon for the Atlantic 10 Championship Game. The A-10 Tournament Champion will receive the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
This is the third time in the last four years that UMass has qualified for the A-10 Tournament and ninth time overall. Last season, UMass reached the A-10 Championship Game before losing to Richmond.
UMass and George Washington meet earlier this season on April 5 in Amherst with the Minutewomen winning 18-5. UMass also defeated Richmond and Saint Joseph's in the regular season.
UMass enters the tournament with a 9-7 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the A-10, while George Washington is 5-11 overall and 4-3 in the A-10. The Colonials earned a spot in the tournament by virtue of their win over Duquesne earlier in the season as the Dukes also finished with a 4-3 A-10 mark.
Fans can follow all the action with GameTracker live stats and live streaming video from Geasey Field. Tickets are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children and $3.00 for A-10 students and will be sold at the entrance to Geasey Field.