Big South Announces All-Conference Teams & Award Winners

DAVIDSON, N.C. Davidson sophomore Emily Cooke (Woodstrock, Md.) and High Point defender Jasmine Jordan (Baltimore, Md.) have been voted the 2013 Big South Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the head coaches, it was announced this evening at a special awards banquet held on the campus of Davidson.

Winthrop midfielder Shannon Gallagher (Silver Spring, Md.) was tabbed Freshman of the Year, while Davidson's Kim Wayne was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, the Big South's sports information directors voted Coastal Carolina midfielder Lily Yednock (Columbus, Ohio) as the women's lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Cooke finished the regular-season as the Big South's leading scorer with a school-record 77 points -- which ranks fifth in the nation. She is also tops with 4.81 points per game (ninth nationally) and was second in the League with 47 assists (fourth-most in Division I this season). Cooke scored 30 goals this year and is the only Big South player with 30 goals and 40 assists. In Big South games, Cooke contributed 14 goals and a League-high 26 assists, and she ranked first with 40 points in Conference contests. She had eight games this season with at least three assists -- including a League-high and school-record 10 against Kennesaw State on Feb. 25. She finished the KSU game with a school-record 11 points, tied for the most in a single-game in the Big South this season. Cooke also had seven assists and eight points in Davidson's 11-9 win over High Point on April 12, and she recorded nine games with at least five points.

Jordan was a three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week selection and ranks second in the League with a team-high 45 ground balls and 2.81 average. She leads the Conference in caused turnovers per game with 1.75 -- good for 17th in the country. Jordan also contributed 29 draw controls from her defender position to rank third on her squad. In Conference games, she was first in the League with 23 ground balls and a 3.29 per game average -- the lone Big South player with more than 20 and 3.00 per game. She was also second with 13 caused turnovers against Conference foes. Jordan posted seven games with at least four ground balls and her five caused turnovers at American University on Feb. 24 tied for the most in the Big South this season.

Gallagher led the Big South and is fourth in the nation with 54 goals -- the lone Big South player to reach the 50-goal threshold this year. Her 3.38 goals per game is the fifth-highest average in Division I while her 64 total points rank fourth in the League and 27th nationally. Gallagher recorded 11 hat tricks this season -- including seven in succession, and scored a career-high seven goals and 10 points against Kennesaw State on March 15. She tallied seven 5-point games this season, and contributed 20 ground balls, 33 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers for the first-year Eagle program.

Wayne led the Wildcats to their second 10-win season in program history as well as the outright Big South regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the inaugural Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship. Her team posted a League-best 8.12 goals against average -- including 5.71 in Conference games, and finished the Big South slate with a perfect 7-0 record. The Wildcats allowed five goals-or-less five times, including four Conference games, and the squad reeled off a school-record seven-game win streak March 23-April 14. As a team, Davidson is ninth in the country in scoring defense and 14th in scoring margin (+4.69).

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