Quast, Lehman and Evernham Receive VaSID Lacrosse Accolades
Hannah Quast, Mackenzie Lehman and Alexa Evernham of the Liberty lacrosse squad each received 2022 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Women’s Lacrosse accolades.
Quast and Lehman were voted to the VaSID All-State first team, and both players are being honored as all-state selections for the first time. This is the first time in program history the Lady Flames have featured two players on the first team, and Quast and Lehman are the fifth and sixth first team selections in program history. Meanwhile, Evernham was named to the VaSID All-State second team, garnering her first recognition at the Commonwealth level.
Liberty’s three honors matches a program record also accomplished in 2015, 2016 and 2021. The Lady Flames have featured 18 all-state players in head coach Kelly Nangle’s nine-year tenure as head coach.
Liberty closed the 2022 campaign with an 11-8 overall record, its fourth straight full season with double-digit victories. The Lady Flames reached the ASUN title game for a third straight year.
The VaSID All-State program honors the top collegiate student-athletes in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nomination and voting are conducted by sports information directors within the Commonwealth. VaSID names 44 all-state teams in 23 sports each year, an Academic All-State squad and an all-sports champion in both the University and College Divisions. Membership in VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a university or conference in Virginia.
Hannah Quast (VaSID All-State first team)
A defender from Mullica Hill, N.J., Quast was named to the ASUN All-Conference team as well as the ASUN All-Tournament Team. The senior led Liberty in caused turnovers with 33 and ranked third on the squad in ground balls (43). Quast was first in the ASUN and 18th nationally in caused turnovers per game (1.74) while ranking No. 62 in the country in ground balls per game (2.26).
Quast spearheaded a Lady Flames defense which led the nation in caused turnovers per game (13.58) for the third time in program history and ranked No. 4 in ground balls per game (20.89). She also added two goals, two points and one draw control during the season. Quast tallied seven ground balls and six caused turnovers in two ASUN Championship games to close out her career. The senior, who started all 19 games in 2022, had 11 games with multiple caused turnovers and 13 games with two or more ground balls.
Mackenzie Lehman (VaSID All-State first team)
A midfielder from McMurray, Pa., Lehman garnered ASUN All-Conference first team distinction in 2022. The sophomore earned her second career ASUN Player of the Week award on April 12.
Lehman finished the year with 40 goals (second on team), 13 assists (fourth on team), 53 points (second on team), 59 draw controls (second on team), seven free-position goals, 16 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers despite missing two games (played in 17 of 19 contests). She recorded 11 games with multiple goals, including a career-high six goals versus Stetson on April 9 (on six shots). Lehman scored the game-winning goal in Liberty’s 15-14 overtime win at Virginia Tech on Feb. 23, the Lady Flames’ first-ever win over the Hokies. Lehman had eight or more draw controls in three games, including a career-best 10 in the season opener at Vanderbilt.
Alexa Evernham (VaSID All-State second team)
A defender from Swedesboro, N.J., Evernham earned ASUN All-Conference second team honors for a second straight season in 2022. The senior received ASUN Defensive Player of the Week recognition for the first time on April 5. Evernham enjoyed a career year during her senior season, ranking second on the team in caused turnovers with 32 and fourth in ground balls (39).
She closed the year ranked No. 23 in the nation in caused turnovers per game (1.68) and had eight games with multiple caused turnovers, including a career-best six against Stetson (April 9). The senior had 13 games with multiple ground balls as well. Evernham, who started all 19 games during her final season, scored her first two career goals (vs. Delaware State and Stetson) and also added two assists on the year for four points.
2022 VaSID All-State University Division Women’s Lacrosse Team
VaSID Player of the Year – Isabella Peterson, James Madison
VaSID Defensive Player of the Year – Mairead Durkin, James Madison
VaSID Rookie of the Year – Rachel Clark, Virginia
VaSID Coach of the Year – Shelley Klaes, James Madison
A – Rachel Clark, Virginia
A – Isabella Peterson, James Madison
A – Ashlyn McGovern, Virginia
M – Olivia Vergano, Virginia Tech
M – Mackenzie Lehman, Liberty University
M – Aubrey Williams, Virginia
M – Mackenzie Hoeg, Virginia
D – Mairead Durkin, James Madison
D – Hannah Quast, Liberty
D – Brittney Wright, Richmond
GK – Molly Dougherty, James Madison
A – Lindsey Frank, Richmond
A – Lilly Siskind, Old Dominion
A – Katie Checkosky, James Madison
M – Sophie Student, Virginia Tech
M – Sophia DiCenso, Richmond
M – Taylor Marchetti, James Madison
M – Olivia O’Brien, George Mason
D – Rachel Matey, James Madison
D – Alexa Evernham, Liberty University
D – Jordan Tilley, Virginia Tech
GK – Delaney Galvin, Richmond