Atlantic 10 Announces All-Conference Accolades

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. The Atlantic 10 Conference revealed the 2011 Women's Lacrosse All-Conference accolades as announced by Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade on Thursday, April 28.

The University of Massachusetts highlights this year's awards, as voted on by the league's head coaches, claiming four of the five individual accolades including Jackie Lyons as Offensive Player of the Year, Katie Florence as the league's Defensive Player of the Year and Katie Ferris as the A-10 Rookie of the Year, while Angela McMahon garnered Coach of the Year honors. Richmond's Mary Flowers earned Midfielder of the Year accolades.

Lyons, Florence, Ferris and Flowers were all selected to the A-10 first team. Lyons and Flowers joins St. Bonaventure's Christine Hanley as repeat first-team honorees from a season ago. The other first team members include Duquesne's Meredith Dunn, Amy Gladfelter and Katie Rekart, Ali Houlis of UMass, Richmond's Taylor Blazer, Jill Remick of St. Bonaventure and Temple's Charlotte Swavola.

Lyons, who finished the Atlantic 10 regular season in the top five in assists per game (2nd 1.69), game-winning goals (t-2nd 3) and points per game (3rd 3.62), joins exclusive company becoming just the second player in conference history to garner Offensive Player of the Year accolades twice in her career (Allison Furstenburg, Richmond, 2008-2009). The senior attacker was also named the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year last year. In 2011, Lyons has tallied 12 multi-goal games and 15 multi-point performances.

Florence, a junior goalkeeper for the Minutewomen, leads the A-10 in goals against average (8.33) and save percentage (.487), while ranking sixth in saves per game at 7.06. Florence also ranks nationally in GAA and save percentage and enters the A-10 Championships holding the opposition under 10 goals in 10 of 16 games this year. Florence is the third UMass student-athlete to win Defensive Player of the Year accolades and the first since Kristin St. Hilaire claimed the award in 2004.

Flowers is named the A-10 Midfielder of the Year for the second year in a row, while it marks the third time a Richmond student-athlete has claimed this honor since the awards inception in 2008. The junior midfielder leads the nation in groundballs per game (4.14), while leading the A-10 in points (60) and draw controls per game (3.79). Flowers also ranks third in the league in goals per game (2.64) and assists per game (1.64).

Ferris earns Rookie of the Year honors after finishing the regular season as the top scoring freshman in the nation with 58 points on 47 goals and 11 assists. She leads the A-10 in goals per game (3.36) and shots per game (7.07), while ranking among the league leaders in points per game (2nd 4.14) and game winning goals (t-4th 2). Ferris is the first student-athlete from Massachusetts to garner the league's top Rookie honor.

McMahon was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year after leading the Minutewomen to their first undefeated regular season in the A-10 in her first season at Massachusetts. UMass finished the regular season with a record of 14-2, 7-0 in the A-10, and enters the Atlantic 10 Championship as the top-seed having won seven in a row. McMahon has led the Minutewomen to a perfect road record (8-0), while UMass has been ranked in the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse Magazine Poll nine straight weeks including a high of No. 11 in week seven.

The A-10 second team comprised of 10 upperclassmen including seven juniors and three seniors. Bria Eulitt (Richmond), Dani Schaevitz (Richmond) and Haley Smith (Massachusetts) represented this year's senior class. Four student-athletes were repeat honorees from last year's second team including Dayna Defliese of Massachusetts, Saint Joseph's Elizabeth Fox, George Washington's Sarah Phillips and Gabi Wiegand of Richmond. Also included on the second team were juniors Caitlin Fifield of Richmond, Riley Perry of Massachusetts, Hilary Quinn of George Washington and Duquesne goalkeeper Liz Walker. St. Bonaventure's Cara Callahan was the lone freshman represented on this year's second team.

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