Karis Walborn is Liberty lacrosse's first VaSID all-state selection.
Liberty lacrosse achieved its first-ever Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) all-state selection, as freshman attacker Karis Walborn has been named second team all-state. The organization announced the annual teams Friday morning. Walborn, who started each of the Lady Flames' 18 games during her rookie season, led the squad's scoring effort with 40 goals to set a new program scoring record. Her offensive output helped the team post a six-win improvement on its inaugural season, ending the 2011 campaign with a 7-11 mark. The Nyack, N.Y., native also helped the program record its first postseason victory, a 16-13 win over Howard in the National Lacrosse Conference tournament. Walborn scorched the net for six goals in the contest, tying teammate Nina Dunay for Liberty's single-game scoring mark. She also led the team by picking up four ground balls in the game. At the conclusion of the tournament, Walborn was named to the all-tournament team, accumulating seven goals and three assists in the event. Eight of the state's teams were represented on the VaSID all-state teams, with Virginia's five selections leading the way. James Madison placed three on the listing, with each being named to the first-team. William & Mary's Grace Golden was named Player of the Year. Taylor Blazer of Richmond earned Freshman of the Year honors, while James Madison's Shelly Klaes-Bawcombe was voted Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. 2011 VaSID University Division Women's Lacrosse All-State Team First Team A Casey Ancarrow James Madison* A Julie Gardner Virginia A Mary Kale Lomady James Madison M Grace Golden William & Mary* M Mary Flowers Richmond M Lisa Bernardini Old Dominion D Sarah Johnson William & Mary* D Liz Downs Virginia D Cally Chakrian James Madison GK Juli Liebig Longwood Second Team A Cara O'Brien Longwood A Allie Emala Virginia Tech A Charlie Finnigan Virginia M Karis Walborn Liberty M Kesley Dean Longwood M Jessica Nonn Virginia Tech D Taylor Blazer Richmond D Hannah Riggs Longwood D Megan Dunleavy Virginia GK Kim Kolarik Virginia Freshman of the Year: Taylor Blazer Richmond Player of the Year: Grace Golden William & Mary Coach of the Year: Shelly Klaes-Bawcombe James Madison * - denotes unanimous first-team selection
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