2011 All-ACC Women's Lacrosse Team Named

Merrifield lands on the All-ACC list for the first time since her sophomore campaign. The senior from Hertfordshire, England, who was tabbed to the original Tewaaraton watch list, has tallied 27 goals in 10 matches while serving as a captain for the defending national champion Terps.

The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, Schwarzmann was the lone underclassmen honored by the ACC. The midfielder from Sykesville, Md., snagged both ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week accolades as a sophomore and leads Maryland in goals (44), caused turnovers (19) and ground balls (29).

After being named to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team her first two seasons, Dipper garnered All-ACC honors for the first time in her three-year career. She leads the nation in goals against average and is boasting a .500 save percentage with 77 saves and 77 goals against. The Clarksboro, N.J., product is a Tewaaraton nominee and was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week March 4.

One of the most inspiring stories in women's lacrosse this season, Gallagher picked up an all-conference nod after a battle with Crohn's Disease left her on the sidelines last season. The leader of one of the best defenses in the nation, Gallagher has racked up six draw controls, nine caused turnovers and 13 ground balls for a defensive unit that is giving up 6.8 goals per game.

The top-seeded Terps will face either Boston College or Virginia Tech Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the ACC semifinals in Cary, N.C.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. Senior All-American Liz Downs and junior Julie Gardner have been named to the 2011 All-ACC Women's Lacrosse Team, as announced by the league office Wednesday. Downs, a top-24 finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, is making her second-straight appearance on the team, while Gardner is being recognized for the first time.

Downs is one of just three defenders to make the 18-person all-conference team. The co-captain leads all field players in the ACC in ground balls per game this year, averaging 2.00 per outing, while she is also ranked fifth in the league with 1.29 caused turnovers per contest. The Alexandria, Va., native is a two-time All-South Region honoree for the Cavaliers, while she was also named to the 2010 All-ACC Academic Team.

Gardner is ranked third in the ACC in assists per game (1.64) and sixth in points per contest (3.64). An attacker from Severna Park, Md., Gardner has recorded at least one point in all 14 games this season and leads the Cavaliers with 51 points and 23 helpers. She has notched 10 multiple-goal games this year, including five hat tricks, and has dished out more than one assist on five occasions.

Maryland led all ACC league schools with six representatives on the all-conference team, while Duke placed four on the team. All six ACC women's lacrosse programs were represented on this year's squad.

Virginia will open the 2011 ACC Championship on Thursday, facing No. 4 North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at the WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C.

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2011 All-ACC Women's Lacrosse Team

Kristin Igoe            Senior        Midfield       Boston College
Brittany Wilton Junior Attack Boston College
Emma Hamm Junior Attack Duke
Christie Kaestner Senior Attack Duke
Kat Thomas Junior Midfield Duke
Kim Wenger Junior Midfield Duke
Brittany Dipper Junior Goalkeeper Maryland
Katie Gallagher Senior Defense Maryland
Karri Ellen Johnson Junior Attack Maryland
Laura Merrifield Senior Midfield Maryland
Sarah Mollison Senior Attack Maryland
Katie Schwarzmann Sophomore Midfield Maryland
Corey Donohoe Senior Attack North Carolina
Mia Hurrin Senior Defense North Carolina
Laura Zimmerman Junior Attack North Carolina
Liz Downs Senior Defense Virgina
Julie Gardiner Junior Attack Virgina
Allie Emala Senior Attack Virginia Tech

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