2013 Big East Women's Lacrosse Teams, Awards Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Big East presented its postseason honors and named its all-conference selections on Wednesday evening at the Key Bridge Marriot, alongside the Potomac River in the heart of the nation's capital. Top seed Syracuse earned a pair of major awards as junior Alyssa Murray was named the Big East Attack Player of the Year and senior Becca Block was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Connecticut earned two major awards as well as head coach Katie Woods was cited as the Big East Coach of the Year. UConn junior Lauren Kahn was named the Big East Midfielder of the Year.

Murray was named the Big East Attack Player of the Year after totaling a league-high 83 points, including 51 goals and 32 assists. The junior also helped her team to a perfect 8-0 record in league play and the No. 1 seed in the Big East Championship. In addition to 24 ground balls, Murray had 15 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers. In conference action, Murray registered a league-best 46 points, including 28 goals and 18 assists to average 5.75 points per game. She ranks fourth on the league's all-time scoring list with 112 points in Big East action (74 goals and 38 assists). The junior started all 17 games this year and recorded at least four points in 15 of 17 contests. Four times this season she had five goals in a game. Murray sits in fifth place on Syracuse's career assist list with 84. Murray is just the third Syracuse star to earn Big East Attack Player of the Year honors and the school's fourth winner overall (Katie Rowan 2008 and 2009, Michelle Tumolo 2012).

Block, the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, lived up to preseason expectations and was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. She started all 17 games for SU and anchored a defense which led the Big East in conference play allowing just 7.38 goals per game. Block also ranked among the league leaders with 39 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. In Big East play she tallied 16 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. Block recorded five or more ground balls in a game twice this year, including a season-high six ground balls in a season-opening win at Jacksonville on January 13. Block earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors on April 8 and April 29. She is the first player in school history to earn Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors since Liz Hogan in 2010. Lindsay Rodgers of Syracuse also won the award in 2008 making Block the third Orange player to accomplish the feat.

Kahn was named the Big East Midfielder of the Year after ranking among the Conference leaders with 58 points, including 36 goals and 22 assists. In addition, the junior had 53 draw controls, 43 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. Kahn recorded 20 points in league play, including 14 goals and six assists. She recorded a season-high eight points in a 20-6 win over Quinnipiac on March 2. Kahn registered a point in all 16 games this year. During the regular season, the midfielder helped the Huskies begin the year 6-0, the best start in program history. UConn also is making its first appearance in the Big East Championship. On Feb. 27, UConn won at rv/15 Boston College 13-8 and secured its first victory over a ranked team since March 4, 2007. Kahn had four points, including three goals in the victory. She is the first UConn player to be named Big East Midfielder of the Year since Shannon Burke in 2007.

In her third season with Connecticut, Woods earns her first Big East Coach of the Year honor. She directed the Huskies to a 13-3 record during the regular season, the best record in school history. Picked to finish sixth in the league's preseason poll, UConn finished fourth and qualified for its first Big East Championship. Under her tutelage, junior Lauren Kahn earned Big East Midfielder of the Year honors. She is the first UConn player to earn one of the league's major awards since 2007 and just the second UConn player to earn Midfielder of the Year honors. During the regular-season, Woods helped the Huskies begin the year 6-0, the best start in program history. On Feb. 27, UConn won at rv/15 Boston College 13-8 and notched its first victory over a ranked team since March 4, 2007. Woods also was named the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year while at American University. The last UConn coach to be named Big East Coach of the Year was Bonnie Rosen who earned the honor in 2005.

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