Ancarrow Heads 2012 All-Colonial Athletic Association Team

TOWSON, Md. (April 26, 2012) James Madison redshirt junior attacker Casey Ancarrow has been selected as the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse Player of the Year in a vote by the league's head coaches. Ancarrow was honored at an awards banquet held on Thursday evening at Towson University prior to the CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Also earning top honors were James Madison senior defender Cally Chakrian as CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Delaware freshman midfielder Caitlin McCartney 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 Player of the Year, Ancarrow becomes the eighth James Madison player, and the first since Annie Wagner in 2007, to be named CAA Player of the Year. Ancarrow powered the league's top-ranked offense with 34 goals and led the CAA in goals per game (2.62) while ranking third in points per game (3.31). The redshirt junior recorded seven hat tricks this season, including three five-goal performances. She also contributed a team-high 35 draw controls. Ancarrow has earned all-conference honors during each season at JMU.

Chakrian has been named CAA Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the fourth James Madison player to receive the honor. The senior led the Dukes with 21 ground balls and was third in the CAA with 19 caused turnovers. She anchored a JMU defense that ranked third in the CAA with 1.36 caused turnovers per game and surrendered the second-fewest number of goals in conference play. For her career, Chakrian has, 124 draw controls, 62 caused turnovers and 99 ground balls.

Delaware's McCartney turned in one the best performances by a freshman in school history to earn CAA Rookie of the Year. The rookie ranked second in the league with 35 goals and was eighth in the conference in points per game (2.60). The three-time CAA Rookie of the Week turned in six hat tricks this season and the 35 scores were the most by a Delaware freshman since 2007. McCartney also led the Blue Hens with 37 ground balls and was second on the squad with 39 draw controls.

In her second year at the helm of the Tigers, LaMonica received her second straight CAA Coach of the Year award after guiding Towson to a 13-3 overall record and the top seed at this week's conference championship. The Tigers were the league's lone undefeated team with a 7-0 mark, which was the first time that Towson has recorded an undefeated conference season. LaMonica has guided the Tigers to nine wins in their past 10 contests, including the last seven in a row.

Towson and James Madison each had a league-high four All CAA first-team selections. Joining Ancarrow and Chakrian for the Dukes are senior attacker Monica Zabel and senior midfielder Caitlin McHugh. The Tigers' quartet selected includes sophomore attacker Andi Raymond, junior midfielder Kelly Custer, junior defender Alexa Demski and senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters. Joining McCartney on the squad from Delaware is junior defender Angela Biciocchi. Rounding out the first-team is Old Dominion senior midfielder Lisa Bernardini and Drexel junior midfielder Kelli Joran.

The CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship begins on Friday at Towson's Soccer Complex. The tournament's first semifinal game features the top-seeded Tigers against fourth-seeded Drexel at 12:00 p.m. Second-seeded James Madison will meet third-seeded Hofstra in the second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. The two winners will vie for the CAA crown on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

First Team
Casey Ancarrow, James Madison R-Jr. A Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll
Andi Raymond, Towson So. A Ada, Mich./Rockford
Monica Zabel, James Madison Sr. A Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron
Lisa Bernardini, Old Dominion Sr. M Langhorne, Pa./George School
Kelly Custer, Towson Jr. M Aston, Pa./Sun Valley
Kelli Joran, Drexel Jr. M Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East
Caitlin McCartney, Delaware Fr. M Doylestown, Pa./Archbishop Wood
Caitlin McHugh, James Madison Sr. M Westminster, Md./Mercy
Angela Biciocchi, Delaware Jr. D Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill
Cally Chakrian, James Madison Sr. D East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow
Alexa Demski, Towson Jr. D Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven
Mary Teeters, Towson Sr. G Ellicott City, Md./Centennial

Second Team
Emily Ellisen, George Mason Sr. A Paoli, Pa./Great Valley
Kyrstin Mackrides, William & Mary Jr. A Newtown Square, Pa./Villa Maria
Alyse Maiden, Drexel Jr. A Washington Twp., N.J./Washington Twp.
Shannon Burns, Delaware So. M Springfield, Pa./Springfield Delco
Casey Kellogg, Hofstra Jr. M Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West
Ashley Kimener, James Madison Sr. M Oakton, Va./Oakton
Amanda Norcini, Drexel So. M Wayne, Pa./Conestoga
Katie Stillwell, William & Mary So. M Chantilly, Va./Chantilly
Ashley Waldron, Towson Jr. M Clay, N.Y./Cicero North Syracuse
Kiersten Jauschnegg, George Mason Sr. D Gambrills, Md./Anne Arundel C.C.
Emily Kane, Drexel Sr. D Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett
Hannah McBee, Old Dominion Sr. D Middletown, Md./Urbana
Sarah Mulvey, William & Mary Sr. D Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy
Lucy Ferguson, William & Mary Fr. G Montclair, N.J./Montclair

All-Rookie Team
Brittain Altomare, Hofstra Fr. M Myersville, Md./Middletown
Michelle Dufault, Towson Fr. D Fairport, N.Y./Fairport
Lucy Ferguson, William & Mary Fr. G Montclair, N.J./Montclair
Allison Hahn, Delaware Fr. M Vienna, Va./James Madison
Schylar Healy, James Madison Fr. G Eldersburg, Md./Liberty
April Iannetta, Hofstra Fr. M Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh
Caitlin McCartney, Delaware Fr. M Doylestown, Pa./Archbishop Wood
Kaleigh Noon, William & Mary Fr. A Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr
Kaci Starkloff, James Madison R-Fr. M Bel Air, Md./Bel Air
Alissa Watts, Drexel R-Fr. A West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional

Player of the Year: Casey Ancarrow, James Madison
Defensive Player of the Year: Cally Chakrian, James Madison
Rookie of the Year: Caitlin McCartney, Delaware
Coach of the Year: Sonia LaMonica, Towson

2012-04-27



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