American Lacrosse Conference Names End-of-Season Honors

The Florida Gators, who earned their third consecutive American Lacrosse Conference regular-season title this season, picked up more hardware as the league announced its major awards for 2013. A Florida player was tabbed as the positional player of the year in each of the four categories--Offensive, Midfield, Defensive and Goalie--and the Gators' mentor, Amanda O'Leary, was named the coach of the year for the second time in three years.

Florida's Mikey Meagher, the reigning IWLCA Goalie of the Year, was tabbed as the ALC Goalie of the Year. Teammate Sam Farrell earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, and 2012 Tewaaraton Finalist Brittany Dashiell picked up Midfield Player of the Year recognition. The Gators' Kitty Cullen, the ALC Player of the Year in 2011, was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Johns Hopkins' Dené DiMartino earned ALC Rookie of the Year Honors.

All six schools playing in the conference in 2013 are represented on the teams. Florida leads the way with four first-team honorees and two players on the second team. Both Northwestern and Penn State have three first-team recipients and two second-team honorees. Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt both have one player on the first team, while Ohio State leads all schools with three players on the ALC Second Team.

Meagher has backstopped the No. 2 Gators to the nation's second-best scoring defense, posting a 6.69 GAA. She also ranks in the top-10 nationally in save percentage and has helped Florida win 16 of 17 contests this season. Meagher is the only goalkeeper named a 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.

Farrell leads a defensive unit that has allowed less than seven goals per game. Individually, she ranks in the top-10 in caused turnovers per game. The ALC Defensive Player of the Week on April 23, Farrell's Gators have completed a perfect slate at home in the regular season, going 9-0.

Dashiell has helped Florida rank in the top-five nationally in both scoring offense and defense. The Gators also rank fourth nationally in draw controls at 14.65 per game; Dashiell ranks fourth in the conference at 3.0 dcpg. A 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, Dashiell ranks ninth in the league in assists per game.

Cullen, the 2011 ALC Player of the Year, has once again led Florida's potent attack. Averaging 3.24 points per game, Cullen ranks sixth in the league in scoring and has Florida sitting third nationally in goals per game. A 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, Cullen leads the Gators in assists.

DiMartino earned three ALC Rookie of the Week honors in 2013 and helped the Blue Jays to a top-20 ranking nationally. She ranks sixth in the league in draw controls and ninth in goals per game.

O'Leary, the 2011 ALC Coach of the Year, mentored the Gators to their third consecutive ALC regular-season title and the top seed in the ALC Tournament. Florida ranks in the top three nationally in both scoring offense and defense.

Offensive Player of the Year
Kitty Cullen, Florida

Midfield Player of the Year
Brittany Dashiell, Florida

Defensive Player of the Year
Sam Farrell, Florida

Goalie of the Year
Mikey Meagher, Florida

Rookie of the Year
Dené DiMartino, Johns Hopkins

Coach of the Year
Amanda O'Leary, Florida

ALC First Team
Kitty Cullen, Florida
Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins
Brittany Dashiell, Florida
Sam Farrell, Florida
Erin Fitzgerald, Northwestern
Gabrielle Flibotte, Northwestern
Shannon Gilroy, Florida
Katie Guy, Penn State
Kelly Lechner, Penn State
Carly Linthicum, Vanderbilt
Maggie McCormick, Penn State
Mikey Meagher, Florida
Taylor Thornton, Northwestern

ALC Second Team
Ashley Bruns, Florida
Paige Cahill, Vanderbilt
Ali Cassera, Northwestern
Sammy Cermack, Johns Hopkins
Katie Chase, Ohio State
Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State
Mackenzie Cyr, Penn State
Tori DeScenza, Ohio State
Dene DiMartino, Johns Hopkins
Emily Dohony, Florida
Tayler Kuzma, Ohio State
Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern
Jenna Mosketti, Penn State

2013-05-01



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