After the 2015 Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse team set 24 new program records, including a 5-2 finish in Big South action, three Lady Flames were tabbed to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) postseason squads. Colleen Ekert was the lone Lady Flame on the VaSID first team all-state squad, while Nina Dunay and Juliann Elmer were named to the VaSID second team all-state unit.
Ekert joined the Lady Flames as a junior a season ago after transferring from Rutgers. Having redshirted the 2014 season, the New York native had a breakout 2015 campaign. Ekert picked up 46 ground balls on the season, ranking second on the squad. The redshirt junior caused 32 turnovers, setting a new program record for the most caused turnovers in a single season.
Co-captain and redshirt senior Dunay was tabbed to the VaSID all-state second team for the second consecutive season. Despite missing two games due to injury, Dunay ranked fifth on the team in goals with 29 and points with 44. The Virginia native led the squad in draw controls with 53, ranked second in caused turnovers with 26 and finished fifth in ground balls with 29. Dunay ended her career as the Lady Flames' all-time leader in goals (128), shots (279), caused turnovers (80) and games played (75).
Elmer rounds out Liberty's VaSID honorees as a member of the all-state second team. Elmer helped lead the Lady Flames to their best finish in program history with a 9-11 record, including capturing the No. 2 seed in the Big South Championship. In her first full season in goal, Elmer finished the campaign with 210 saves, leading the nation in the category. The Maryland native also led the team in ground balls with 52, tying Jen Freymond's single-season program record set in 2012.
Player of the Year Casey Bocklet – Virginia
Coach of the Year Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe – James Madison
Rookie of the Year Kim Egizi – Richmond
VaSID All-State First Team Stephanie Finley – James Madison Casey Bocklet – Virginia Courtney Swan – Virginia Alison Curwin – James Madison Jaci Gordon – James Madison Connor Carson – Old Dominion Sarah Butler – Longwood Morgan Stephens – Virginia Lexi Cross – James Madison Colleen Ekert – Liberty Schylar Healy – James Madison
VaSID All-State Second Team Megan Will – Virginia Tech Liza Blue – Virginia Betsy Angel – James Madison Ashmore Standing – Old Dominion Alexa McGovern – George Mason Nina Dunay – Liberty Taylor Gress – James Madison Kelsey Gahan – Virginia Morgan Gallagher – Old Dominion Shiloh McKenzie – Longwood Juliann Elmer – Liberty
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