2011 CAA All-Conference Teams and Awards

TOWSON, Md. (May 4, 2011) - William & Mary senior midfielder Grace Golden (Manhasset, N.Y./Sacred Heart) was selected as the 2011 CAA Player of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches. Golden was honored at an awards banquet held on Wednesday evening at Towson prior to this week's championship.

Also earning top honors were William & Mary senior defender Sarah Jonson (Dallas, Texas/The Hockaday School) as CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Tribe freshman attacker Taelor Salmon (Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) as CAA Rookie of the Year and Towson head coach Sonia LaMonica as CAA Coach of the Year.

After being chosen as the conference's preseason Co-Player of the Year this season, Golden becomes the fourth William & Mary player and the first since Lindsay Rademaker in 1998 to be named CAA Player of the Year. With the honor, the midfielder is now the third player in league history to earn first team All-CAA accolades in each of her four collegiate seasons. Golden, who owns the program record with 151 draw controls and matched a Tribe single-game mark with eight goals against Richmond earlier this year, leads the league in seven statistical categories while ranking second in the country with 44 caused turnovers and 18th nationally with 52 goals. She also remains on the watch list for the prestigious Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top college lacrosse player.

Jonson has been named CAA Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, making her the first Tribe player and just the third player in conference history to earn the honor multiple times. The defensive standout owns the school record in caused turnovers with 134 in her career and rewrote the program record books with nine caused turnovers against Virginia Tech in March. Jonson has paced the team with 41 ground balls and ranks fifth nationally with 38 caused turnovers en route to anchoring a Tribe back line that stands ninth in the nation in caused turnovers. She joins Golden on the recently shortened Tewaaraton watch list.

With Salmon's honor as the third Tribe player to earn CAA Rookie of the Year accolades, W&M becomes the first program in CAA history to win all three of the league's top individual player awards in the same season. Salmon wrapped up the regular season with 20 goals and 24 points, which rank fifth on the team this year. The attacker has played in each of the Tribe's 16 contests in her freshman campaign, including a start against Boston University in which she found the back of the net a game-high four times. She was named CAA Rookie of the Week a league-best three times in 2011.

In just her first season at the helm of the Tigers, LaMonica was selected CAA Coach of the Year after guiding Towson to a 10-6 overall record and the top seed at this week's conference championship. The Tigers were the league's lone squad to register a win over nationally-ranked James Madison this season, which gave them the right to host the CAA tournament for the first time in school history. LaMonica's squad enters the championship having won five consecutive contests and 10 of its last 13 games.

Towson had a league-high four All-CAA first-team selections. The quartet of Tigers selected to the squad were sophomore defender Alexa Demski , senior attacker Jess Dunn , junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters and sophomore midfielder Ashley Waldron . In addition to the Tribe's two selections in Golden and Jonson, Hofstra and James Madison also had a pair of players tabbed to the first team. The Pride had senior defender Katie Hertsch and sophomore midfielder Jill Maier honored while the Dukes were represented by redshirt sophomore attacker Casey Ancarrow and senior attacker Mary Kate Lomady . Also chosen to the first team were Old Dominion junior midfielder Lisa Bernardini and Delaware junior midfielder Kalyn McDonough .

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