William & Mary Names Team Captains for 2010-2011

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Aug. 26, 2010) - William & Mary lacrosse head coach Christine Halfpenny has announced the selections of Sarah Jonson, Maggie Anderson, Ashley Holofcener, and Emily Geary as team captains for the 2011 season.

"I am incredibly proud to announce the captains for the 2011 season," Halfpenny said. "After a very thorough voting process, the returning players on the team have chosen Maggie Anderson, Emily Geary, Ashley Holofcener and Sarah Jonson to lead them this year. These four women possess the skills necessary to motivate, organize and inspire our team.

"They are proven winners both on and off the field, as each of them have been recognized by their peers, coaches and media for their contributions to Tribe Lacrosse during the three previous lacrosse seasons. The coaching staff looks forward to the collaboration of ideas with each captain as we work towards our goals of winning a CAA Championship and earning NCAA Tournament Bid."

After serving as a captain during each of the past two seasons, Geary will assume the role again for the third consecutive year. One of the top goalkeepers in the program's history, Geary ranks second on the school's all-time saves list with 500 and needs just 37 more to become the program's record holder. The Wayne, Pa., native led the conference and ranked 17th nationally with 157 saves last season, while she ranked fifth in the country with 193 saves as a freshman in 2008.

In addition to her success on the field, Geary has also excelled in the classroom and has earned the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award twice.

Like Geary, Holofcener also served as a team captain last season and will enter the spring as one of the CAA's top returning players. A second-team all-region and first-team all-conference honoree last season, Holofcener ranked second in the league and 13th nationally with 1.81 assists per game. Additionally, she finished the year with 29 assists the third-best total in school history.

Having already established W&M's career record for assists with 77, Holofcener will enter her senior season ranked sixth all-time at the College with 158 points.

The Baltimore, Md., native has also performed well in the classroom and has earned the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award each of the past three seasons.

One of the nation's top players, Jonson earned multiple All-America honors and was selected as a Tewaaraton Award nominee last season. Honored as the 2010 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, she established a single-season school record with 42 caused turnovers last season despite missing the final six games of the campaign. Additionally, she led the nation in caused turnovers per game (3.5) and ground balls per game (4.42) at the time she suffered her season-ending injury.

One of the greatest players in the program's history, Jonson will enter her senior season next spring ranked third on the school's all-time caused turnovers list with 96. Additionally, she is just outside the College's career top-10 lists in ground balls and draw controls.

Jonson's honors are not limited to her on-the-field play, as she has also excelled in the classroom and was recently selected to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. She has also earned the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award each of the past two years.

Although she suffered a season-ending injury after appearing in just one game last season, Anderson has been one of the Tribe's top players throughout her career. As a sophomore in 2009, the Richmond, Va., native ranked second on the team with 37 goals and among the conference's top 10 with 2.18 goals per game.

An exceptional student, Anderson was recently chosen to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, while she has also earned the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award twice and is a two-time recipient of the Provost Award.

Having claimed regular-season conference titles in two of the last three years, the Tribe will enter the 2011 campaign next spring looking for its fourth consecutive double-digit win season.

2010-08-26



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