Liberty featured seven ASUN All-Conference honorees.
On the eve of the ASUN Lacrosse Championship, the Liberty women's lacrosse team had seven players honored in the 2019 ASUN Conference Lacrosse Postseason Honors and Awards on Wednesday evening.
The Lady Flames featured seven players on all-conference squads in their first year in the conference, led by ASUN All-Conference first team members Carly White and Brianna McCaffrey.
Katherine Widrick, Sarah Steenson, Hannah Quast and Kayla Foster each earned ASUN All-Conference second team distinction for Liberty. Freshman Hope Flack garnered inclusion on the ASUN All-Freshmen team. Finally, Foster was recognized as an ASUN All-Academic team honoree for her efforts in the classroom.
The Lady Flames have featured 21 all-conference selections over the past three seasons (one year in ASUN, two years in Big South) and enter 2019 postseason play with 13 wins, which is tied for the most in a single season in program history. No. 2 seed Liberty (13-4, 5-1 ASUN) will take on No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina (12-5, 4-2 ASUN) in the ASUN Lacrosse Championship semifinals, Thursday at 4 p.m. at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
Carly White (First Team) White, a midfielder, is the first player in program history to earn first team all-conference distinction each of her first three seasons. The junior from Marietta, Ga., received three ASUN weekly honors, receiving player of the week honors twice (Feb. 19, March 12) and defensive player of the week honors once (April 30).
White is Liberty's team leader in goals (33), points (57), ground balls (60) and free-position goals (13) and shares the team lead in assists (24) while ranking second on the squad in draw controls (67). She is currently third in the nation in ground balls per game (3.53) and 13th in free-positon percentage (.632).
In six ASUN games, White posted nine goals, 10 assists and 19 points while also recording 16 draw controls, 13 ground balls and six caused turnovers. On the season, she had 10 games with multiple goals, seven goals with two or more goals, nine games with four or more ground balls, eight games with multiple caused turnovers and seven games with five or more draw controls. White scooped up a career-best 10 ground balls, tied for the third most in a game of any DI player this season, at No. 25 High Point on April 17.
Brianna McCaffrey (First Team) McCaffrey, along with fellow senior Kayla Foster, makes program history as one of two players who have earned four all-conference distinctions in their respective careers. The senior midfielder from Boca Raton, Fla., earns first team all-conference honors (also Big South in 2018) for a second consecutive season. A preseason ASUN All-Conference selection, McCaffrey has lived up to the billing with three ASUN Defensive Player of the Week selections (Feb. 19, March 19, April 2) and an ASUN Player of the Week on Feb. 26. Her four ASUN weekly honors were the most of any player in the conference, this spring.
McCaffrey leads the Lady Flames in caused turnovers with a program-record 51 this season and ranks No. 2 in the country in caused turnovers per game (3.19). She is also second on the squad in total ground balls (45) and No. 35 in the nation in ground balls per game (2.81). The midfielder has also been a force on the offensive end with 29 goals, two assists and 31 points. She ranks third on the squad in draw controls with 43.
In six ASUN games, McCaffrey led the team with 15 caused turnovers and finished second in ground balls (15) and tied for second in goals (11).
Katherine Widrick (Second Team) Widrick, a goalkeeper, is being recognized as an all-conference performer for the first time in her career. The senior from Camillus, N.Y, is enjoying a career year with a 13-4 record, an ASUN-best 8.85 goals-against-average (ninth in country), a .470 save percentage, 124 saves and 40 ground balls. Widrick was Liberty's first-ever ASUN weekly honoree, earning ASUN Defensive Player of the Week honors on Feb. 12. Widrick's 13 victories are the most in a single season by a goalkeeper in program history. She is also the program's all-time leader in career wins with 26.
This season, Widrick has seven games with 10 or more saves, including a career-best 13 saves against Arizona State at home on April 12. The senior netminder has collected three or more ground balls in six contests. In six ASUN games this season, she is 5-1 with a 9.83 goals-against-average and 34 saves.
Sarah Steenson (Second Team) Steenson, a defender, is earning all-conference accolades for the first time at Liberty. The junior from Haymarket, Va., is having a breakout campaign with 31 caused turnovers (second on team) and 30 ground balls (fourth on team). She currently ranks 25th in the country in caused turnovers per game (1.82). Steenson earned ASUN Defensive Player of the Week recognition, March 12.
The junior has 10 games with multiple caused turnovers and nine games with two or more ground balls. Steenson recorded four caused turnovers in three straight matches from March 6-16 and also had a career-best five ground balls in Liberty's ASUN-opening win at Kennesaw State (March 16).
In six ASUN games, Steenson has totaled nine caused turnovers and 11 ground balls. Steenson and the Lady Flames' defensive unit leads the country in caused turnovers per game (16.00) and checks in at No. 8 in the nation in ground balls per game (22.12).
Hannah Quast (Second Team) Quast, a midfielder, earns her second all-conference distinction of her career. She was also named Big South All-Conference honorable mention a year ago. The junior from Mullica Hill, N.J., has totaled 21 goals on the season has a career-best 21 caused turnovers and has tied her career high with 25 ground balls heading into postseason play. The midfielder has seven multiple goal-games in 2019 and now has back-to-back seasons of 20 or more goals.
Quast excelled defensively with a career-high three caused turnovers against both Kennesaw State (March 16) and No. 25 High Point (April 17). In five ASUN contests, she totaled five goals, five ground balls, five caused turnovers and three draw controls. This season, Quast has also been an efficient free-position shooter, converting 40 percent (4-of-10) of her attempts.
Kayla Foster (Second Team, All-Academic Team) Foster, Liberty's all-time career points leader (231), makes more program history as one of only two players in school history (other: Brianna McCaffrey) to earn all-conference honors in four straight seasons. The senior attacker from Sewickley, Pa., paced the Lady Flames with 22 points (11 g, 11 a) in ASUN play. In 17 games this season, all starts, Foster is fifth on the team in goals (26), tied for first in assists (24) and second in points (50). She has eclipsed the 50-point mark in each of her four seasons as a Lady Flame.
An ASUN Preseason All-Conference selection, Foster has nine games of two or more goals and six games of multiple assists. The senior had four points in Liberty's home opener against No. 20 Notre Dame, Feb. 17, and notched a season-best six points last Friday in the Lady Flames' regular-season finale against Howard. Foster also has a career-best 18 caused turnovers in 2019 to go along with 15 ground balls.
Foster also earned ASUN All-Academic team distinction. The senior carries a 3.63 GPA and will graduate with a degree in exercise science. She plans to attend graduate school for a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Hope Flack (All-Freshmen Team) Flack, a midfielder, has enjoyed a successful freshman season. The Montgomery County, Pa., native has started all 17 games in her first campaign and has won a team-best 75 draw controls. She currently ranks 58th in the country and third in the ASUN in draw controls per game (4.41).
In last Friday's regular-season finale against Howard (22-0 win), Flack collected 12 draw controls in the first half alone, matching a program record in the process. She had 19 draw controls over the final two games of the regular season for Liberty. The newcomer also scored her first career goal in that contest.
Flack totaled five or more draw controls in eight contests, including a six draw control effort in her first career contest, a 15-5 victory at Lehigh on Feb. 9. In six ASUN games, she collected 32 draw controls.
2019 ASUN Conference Lacrosse Postseason Honors and Awards Players of the Year: Haley Alexander, Coastal Carolina & Siena Gore, Kennesaw State Defensive Player of the Year: Harley Barrett, Coastal Carolina Freshman of the Year: Dayna Martinetto, Jacksonville Coach of the Year: Mindy McCord, Jacksonville
2019 ASUN First Team All-Conference *GK Harley Barrett, Coastal, Carolina Sr. D Emily D'Orsaneo, Coastal Carolina, Jr. D Megan Kilpatrick, Coastal Carolina, Jr. D Maura Palandro, Kennesaw State, So. D Maddie Sturgell, Jacksonville, Fr. *M Siena Gore, Kennesaw State, So. *M Carly White, Liberty, Jr. M Lillie Miller, Jacksonville, Sr. M Brianna McCaffrey, Liberty, Sr. *A Haley Alexander, Coastal Carolina, Sr. A Samantha Courtemanche, Coastal Carolina, Jr. A Jenny Kinsey, Jacksonville, So. A Abby Jones, Kent State, Fr. A Riley Reagan Stetson So. + - A tie in voting led to a 14-player First & Second Team | * - Denotes unanimous selection
2019 ASUN Second Team All-Conference GK Dayna Martinetto, Jacksonville, Fr. GK Katherine Widrick, Liberty, Sr. D Sarah Steenson, Liberty, Jr. D Sarah Trupp, Stetson, Jr. D Casey Sullivan, Jacksonville, So. M McKenna Rushford, Jacksonville, Sr. M Marissa Gore, Kennesaw State, So. M Hannah Quast, Liberty, Jr. A Madeline Bromley, Coastal Carolina, Sr. A Alyssa Arnold, Jacksonville, So. A Hayley Ciklin Jacksonville Gr. A Abby Squires, Kennesaw State, Jr. A Kayla Foster, Liberty Sr. A Shelby Lehmann, Stetson, Sr.
2019 ASUN All-Freshmen Team *GK Dayna Martinetto Jacksonville *M Molly Brock Jacksonville *D Maddie Sturgell Jacksonville *D Payton Gregory Kennesaw State *A Abby Jones Kent State *A Lluna Katz Kent State *M Madison Rapier Kent State *M Hope Flack Liberty A Lauren Cremen Coastal Carolina GK Grace Merrill Kent State A Saige-Lyn Gidzinski Stetson A Hannah Mill Stetson
2019 ASUN Conference Lacrosse All-Academic Team
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Madeline Bromley, Coastal Carolina
2019 ASUN Conference Lacrosse All-Academic Team Madeline Bromley, Coastal Carolina, Sr. Haley Alexander, Coastal Carolina, Sr. Megan Kilpatrick, Coastal Carolina, Jr. Hayley Ciklin, Jacksonville, Gr. Jenny Kinsey, Jacksonville, So. Lillie Miller, Jacksonville, Sr. Casey Sullivan, Jacksonville, So. Siena Gore, Kennesaw State, So. Marissa Gore, Kennesaw State, So. Alex Bunn, Kennesaw State, Jr. Kayla Foster, Liberty, Sr. Bailey Busscher, Stetson, Jr.
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