Transy's Bausum Sets First-Ever Record for a First-Year Team

LEXINGTON, Ky. Transylvania women's lacrosse attacker Aubrey Bausum has been named the NCAA Division III statistical champion for goals per game, marking the first time in Division III history a first-year program has crowned a statistical champion in the category.

"It means a great deal for me to be recognized at a national level on a first-year team ... and a lot to be awarded this as a freshman," said Bausum. "This will make me work harder every year now that I know what I am capable of achieving. It also shows that first-year teams should not be underrated."

The Georgia native is only the sixth freshman to receive the goals per game statistical award in any of the three NCAA divisions. Bausum scored 61 goals over 10 games, calculating to 6.1 goals per game. Bausum also finished tenth nationally in the statistical category of points per game, with 6.4.

Touted as the top recruit in the 2013 Pioneer class, Bausum was a 2012 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American and U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American out of Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga. While at CHS, Bausum helped the Cougars to three area championships and one state final four appearance. She also earned honors as the 2012 offensive MVP and named First Team All-State by the Georgia High School Association.

The Pioneers had an early look at Bausum as her high school lacrosse coach was Transylvania head coach Haley Marvine's father Ed.

"We were very excited when [Aubrey] chose Transylvania," said Marvine. "I knew at the time that she would most likely be our leading scorer and I knew that she had the potential to perform at a national level, but the fact that she was so successful and so dominate can only be attributed to her dedication throughout her freshmen year."

In the inaugural season, Bausum became a one-woman wrecking crew. She capped the season as a 61.3 percent shooter, finishing with 32 ground balls and 42 draw controls. She helped lead the Pioneers to a 5-6 season finish.

Marvine says it's Bausum's competitive drive and desire to win that makes her "enjoyable" to coach and inspires her teammates to work harder on the field.

Freshman teammate Rachel Harrison agrees. "Aubrey is a great leader on the field," said freshman Harrison. "Her ability to score and carry the team encourages others to do the same ... You can have faith that she is going to the simple things first in order to accomplish the bigger things. Her desire to win is contagious on game day and it encourages her other teammates to want the same."

One accomplishment isn't enough for Bausum. She already has her personal goals set high for the Pioneers' second season.

"Personally, I would like to perform even better than I did my first year," said Bausum. "I'm looking to grow as a player and work on my weaknesses. I want to increase my statistics in other areas and become a more versatile player on the field."

But, for a first-year program, Marvine couldn't be happier with Bausum's performance on and off the field, and is looking forward to what the future holds for the young program.

"I am very proud of what Aubrey has accomplished on the field and what she has done for our team, but what makes me even happier is how much she has thrived in the culture of Transylvania," said Marvine. "This is only the beginning for Transylvania University Women's Lacrosse."

Two pioneer teammates also posted top 50 performances in statistical categories. Harrison finished 14th nationally in ground balls and sophomore midfielder Victoria Keise finished 37th nationally in caused turnovers.

The second season of Transylvania lacrosse kicks off at home on February 28, 2014 vs. LaGrange College.

2013-08-19



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