IWLCA Announces 2012 Positional Player of the Year Awards

The IWLCA has honored 12 student-athletes for their achievements during the 2012 season, as the organization named the Goalie, Defender, Midfielder, and Attacker of the Year for each of the three divisions tonight at the All-American banquet held at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.

Division II national champion C. W. Post had three student-athletes honored, as Dominque Mosca (Goalie), Chelsea Donaldson (Defender), and Jackie Sileo (Attacker) were all named national players of the year. Division III national champion Trinity was recognized with two student-athletes as Liz Bruno was named the National Midfielder of the Year and teammate Liza Beckler was tabbed as the National Defender of the Year.

Division I national semifinalist Maryland also had two players earn the honor, including Katie Schwarzmann, who repeated as National Midfielder of the Year, and Iliana Sanza, who earned National Defender of the Year honors. National runners-up Salisbury and Syracuse both had one player honored by the organization, as Salisbury's Ashton Wheatley earned top goalie honors and Syracuse's Michelle Tumolo was named the National Attacker of the Year.

National semifinalists Florida and Le Moyne also each had a national player of the year as UF's Mikey Meagher became her school's first-ever C. Markland Kelly Goalkeeper of the Year and Le Moyne's Brittany Brigandi picked up National Midfielder of the Year recognition. NCAA participant Gettysburg also had a national player of the year in Hannah Church (attack).

Wheatley was the last line of defense for the nation's top-ranked scoring defense, which allowed only 5.00 goals per game, 1.35 goals per game lower than the second-ranked team. The Cambridge, Md., native stopped 114 shots this season for a .525 save percentage, good for 11th in the nation. Wheatley posted the lowest GAA of any Division III goalie this season, with a 5.75 GAA, more than half a goal lower than the second-ranked goalie.

Beckler, a senior, was selected as an All-American for the second season in a row after leading the Bantams to their first national title. In five NCAA Tournament games this spring, Trinity's defense held its opponents to 22 goals and 37 shots on goal, largely due to Beckler active presence in the middle of the Bantam zone defense. Totaling 36 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers this spring, Beckler helped Trinity go undefeated in the postseason.

Bruno, a unanimous selection as NESCAC Player of the Year, became a four-time All-American in 2012. The NCAA Final Four's Most Outstanding Performer, Bruno led the Bantams in assists (30), ground balls (61), and caused turnovers (55) to go with 27 goals and 51 draw controls this spring. Her combination of size, speed, stick skills, and leadership abilities gave Trinity both a lethal offensive and defensive weapon.

Church led Gettysburg's offense with 97 points on 71 goals and a career-high 26 assists. The senior attacker was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year, All-Centennial Conference First Team, and All-Metro Region First Team. She put up multiple goals in each of the final 16 games of her collegiate career and she scored at least one goal in 43 of her final 44 contests. Church, who was a second-team IWLCA All-American last spring, finished her career at Gettysburg second all-time with 210 goals and tied for third with 272 points.

Mosca anchored the Pioneers to the national championship after posting top-10 rankings in both goals-against average and save percentage. The ECC Goalkeeper of the Year, Mosca posted a 17-3 overall record that included three wins in the NCAA tournament.

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