Liberty placed seven players on the Big South All-Conference teams.
Liberty women's lacrosse matched a program record with seven players named to Big South All-Conference teams, as voted on by the conference's head coaches and announced by the league in its annual awards winners announcement on Thursday morning.
Junior midfielder Brianna McCaffrey and sophomore attacker Carly White are both 2018 Big South All-Conference first team selections for the Lady Flames.
Junior attacker Kayla Foster, senior defender Lindsey McNamara and freshman midfielder Mia Toscano have each been voted second team All-Big South. Redshirt senior Michaela Rich and sophomore midfielder Hannah Quast round out the selections, as both players garnered Big South All-Conference honorable mention distinction. Foster has also been named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
The Lady Flames' seven all-conference selections ties the program record, which they also achieved in 2017. At 13-4 overall and 6-1 in the Big South in 2018, Liberty is enjoying its most successful season in program history.
Brianna McCaffrey (First Team) McCaffrey, a midfielder, makes her first appearance on Big South All-Conference first team after being voted honorable mention in 2017. The junior from Boca Raton, Fla., leads the team in goals with 40, which matches a career high.
A four-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week in 2018, McCaffrey is first in the Big South and No. 4 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (2.82) for a Liberty team that is first in the nation in the category at 14.29 per game. McCaffrey also checks in at No. 20 in the country in ground balls per game (3.12) and No. 50 in shots per game (6.29). She has scored three or more goals eight times while totaling three or more caused turnovers eight times, four or more ground balls on eight occasions and five or more draw controls in eight games.
McCaffrey compiled 17 goals, two assists, 19 points, 21 caused turnovers, 22 ground balls and 27 draw controls in seven conference games. McCaffrey is now the program record holder for career draw controls (181) and caused turnovers (90).
Carly White (First Team) White is now a two-time first team all-conference selection after being named to the first team and also the Big South Freshman of the Year in 2017. The sophomore from Marietta, Ga., is second on the squad in ground balls (44), tied for third on the team is goals (25), third in assists (13), third in draw controls (56), third in caused turnovers (20) and fourth in points (38). She has six multiple-goal games, six games with four or more ground balls and 10 contests with three or more draw controls.
In conference play (seven games), White had eight goals, two assists, 10 points, 26 draw controls (tied-ninth in BSC), 21 ground balls (No. 6 in BSC) and 11 caused turnovers. White scored three goals to go along with four ground balls, three caused turnovers and three draw controls in a 19-9 win at Radford, April 18.
Kayla Foster (Second Team) Foster, an attacker, is now a three-time second team all-conference selection and was also the Big South Freshman of the Year in 2016. She also received Big South All-Academic team recognition for the first time in her career, holding a 3.70 GPA with an exercise science major. The Sewickley, Pa., native led Liberty in assists with 20 and points with 31 while also scoring 11 goals (third on team) in seven Big South games.
Foster recorded a career-high and program-record 10 assists on April 11 vs. Longwood. The 10 assists are still the most of any DI player in a game this season. Last Saturday at Campbell, the attacker scored a career-high six goals, including four over the final 10:17, in leading the Lady Flames to a 13-9 win over the Camels to secure the No. 2 seed for the Big South Championship. Foster was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
In 17 games this season, Foster leads the team in assists (37), points (62, No. 46 in country) and draw controls (70) while ranking tied for third in goals (25). Foster (99 assists) needs just one assist for 100 in her career and, with 178 career points, is just 10 from breaking the school record (187 points, Morgan Becker, 2011-15).
Lindsey McNamara (Second Team) McNamara, a senior defender and team captain, makes her second career appearance in the Big South's annual award winners after being named honorable mention a year ago. A year after notching 26 caused turnovers and 26 ground balls, the Orlando, Fla., native has 27 caused turnovers and 32 ground balls, both career highs. With McNamara as the anchor for the defensive unit, Liberty is No. 1 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (14.29) and No. 2 in ground balls per game (24.06).
McNamara played well in conference games, notching 15 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, along with her first career assist (March 31 vs. Presbyterian). The senior saved her best performance for Senior Day (April 14 vs. Winthrop), where she had a career-high six caused turnovers and four ground balls in a 12-11 win. She was recognized as the Big South Defensive Player of the Week on April 17 for her efforts.
Mia Toscano (Second Team) Toscano, a midfielder, is making her first appearance on the all-conference team in her first season with the Lady Flames. The Liberty freshman, who was named the conference's freshman of the week on March 20, has totaled 14 goals, 10 assists, 24 points, 32 ground balls, 20 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers in 17 contests during her rookie campaign. The Peters Township, Pa., native had four games with two or more goals during the regular season and had a season-high five caused turnovers versus Robert Morris on Feb. 25.
Toscano had nine points (4 g, 5 a) in seven Big South contests and scored the game-winning goal in Liberty's 12-11 victory over Winthrop on April 14.
Michaela Rich (Honorable Mention) After being sidelined for all of 2017, Rich has put together an outstanding redshirt senior campaign for the Lady Flames. The native of Monrovia, Md., had a team-high 18 goals, five assists, 23 points, nine ground balls and four caused turnovers in seven league games, this spring. She scored a career-high six goals versus Presbyterian (March 31) and had four goals at Radford (April 18). Rich's third goal versus Radford was the 100th of her career.
Rich has scored two or more goals 10 times in 2018 and has multiple assists in four contests. The redshirt senior is second on the team in goals (34), assists (15) and points (49), all of which are career highs.
Hannah Quast (Honorable Mention) Quast, a sophomore, is being recognized as an all-conference performer for the first time in her career. The Mullica Hill, N.J., native totaled 10 goals, two assists, seven caused turnovers, six ground balls and two draw controls in Big South games. The midfielder scored a career-high four goals against Longwood on April 11. Quast, who is 48th in the nation in free-position percentage (.556) and is tied for the team lead in free-position goals (10), converted 5-of-8 (.625) free-position shots in conference play.
In 17 games this season, Quast has 22 goals, five assists, 27 points, 22 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers and six draw controls. The sophomore has tallied two or more goals in seven contests and two draw controls in five matches.
Other Award Winners and Postseason Preview No. 17/19 High Point (14-2), the No. 1 seed for the 2018 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship, claimed three of the conference's four major awards handed down. Panthers senior Erica Perrotta was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year, while Abby Hormes received Big South Freshman of the Year honors, ending Liberty's two-year run (2016, 2017) of having the top rookie in the conference.
High Point Lacrosse Head Coach Lyndsey Boswell was named Big South Coach of the Year for a third straight season. Winthrop senior attacker Nicole Beatson was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, and Campbell senior attacker Mackenzie Koeller received Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition for a second straight season.
Liberty (13-4) is the No. 2 seed for the 2018 Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship. The Lady Flames will await the winner of the clash between No. 3 Winthrop (12-5, 5-2 BSC) and No. 6 Longwood (7-10, 2-5 BSC), which will be played on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Rock Hill, S.C. Liberty defeated both teams in the regular season. The Lady Flames bested Winthrop, 12-11, on Senior Day, last Saturday, and topped Longwood, 22-7, on April 11.
Liberty's semifinal contest versus either No. 3 Winthrop or No. 6 Longwood will be played at High Point on May 4 at 7 p.m. and will be aired live on the Big South Network. Should Liberty advance to the title game, the Lady Flames will compete at High Point on May 6 at noon on ESPN3.
2018 Big South Conference Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams First Team All-Conference ATT – Nicole Beatson, Sr., Winthrop ATT – Brooke Stevens, Sr., High Point ATT – Melissa Placek, Jr., Campbell MF – Erica Perrotta, Sr., High Point MF – Katherine Judge, Sr., Winthrop MF – Samantha Herman, Jr., High Point MF – Brianna McCaffrey, Jr., Liberty MF – Callie Bonnel, Jr., Radford D – Megan Reilly, Sr., Campbell D – Olivia Nostrant, Sr., High Point D – Meredith Chapman, Soph., High Point GK – Alaina Girani, R-Jr., Winthrop AL – Carly White, Soph., MF, Liberty AL – Ashley Britton, Soph., MF, High Point AL – Sam Carey, Soph., MF, Campbell
Second Team All-Conference ATT – Kayla Foster, Jr., Liberty ATT – Riley Dolan, Sr., Longwood ATT – Kristen Shriver, Sr., Winthrop MF – Talen Francis, Fr., Gardner-Webb MF – Molly Barkman, Soph., Longwood MF – Juliette Ruland, Jr., Radford MF – Abby Hanscom, Jr., Gardner-Webb MF – Mia Toscano, Fr., Liberty D – Lindsey McNamara, Sr., Liberty D – Hollyn Royster, Sr., Longwood D – Hayley Norris, R-Soph., High Point GK – Imani West, Sr., Longwood AL – Hudson Roarick, Jr., D, Presbyterian AL – Abby Hormes, Fr., ATT, High Point AL – Kayla Reilly, Sr., ATT, Campbell
Honorable Mention All-Conference Monique Martin, Sr., D, Gardner-Webb Jill Rall, Soph., GK, High Point Amanda Chasin, Jr., D, Campbell Amanda Steinmuller, Sr., ATT, Gardner-Webb (tie) Hannah Quast, Soph., MF, Liberty (tie) Michaela Rich, R-Sr., ATT, Liberty
All-Academic Team Mackenzie Koeller, Sr., ATT, Campbell Abby Hanscom, Jr., MF, Gardner-Webb Brooke Stevens, Sr., ATT, High Point Kayla Foster, Jr., ATT, Liberty Dana Joss, Soph., MF, Longwood Kelty Fletcher, Sr., ATT, Presbyterian College Jenny Davis, Soph., GK, Radford Jordyn Elliott, Sr., D/MF, Winthrop
Offensive Player of the Year Nicole Beatson, Sr., ATT, Winthrop
Defensive Player of the Year Erica Perrotta, Sr., MF, High Point
Freshman of the Year Abby Hormes, ATT, High Point
Coach of the Year Lyndsey Boswell, High Point
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Mackenzie Koeller, Sr., ATT, Campbell
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