Big South 2014 All-Conference Teams and Award Winners

CHARLOTTE, N.C. High Point senior Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md.) and teammate Jasmine Jordan (Baltimore, Md.) have been voted the 2014 Big South Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, by the conference's head coaches, it was announced this afternoon by the League office. Davidson midfielder Katherine Rueger (Cold Harbor Spring, N.Y.) was tabbed Freshman of the Year, while High Point's Lyndsey Boswell was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, the Big South's sports information directors voted Jordan as the women's lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Carroll finished the regular-season as the Big South's leading scorer in Conference games with 5.57 points per contest and 39 points. She tallied 23 assists against League foes in addition to 16 scores. Overall, Carroll was third in the Big South in scoring with 64 points (4.00 per game), and ranked third in assists with 34 (2.12). She also tied for the team lead with 30 goals -- the only Big South player with 30 goals and 30 assists this season. Carroll scored at least three points in 13 of her 16 appearances in 2014 and tied the High Point single-game record with eight points vs. Winthrop on April 13. She tallied at least four points in every Big South contest and scored a season-high five goals at Longwood on April 19, one of her four hat tricks this season.

Jordan repeats as the Big South Defensive Player of the Year after winning the award as a junior in 2013. A three-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week selection in 2014, Jordan moved to midfielder this season from her defender position, and finished second in the League with 26 caused turnovers and was third with 41 ground balls. Her per game averages of 1.62 caused turnovers and 2.56 ground balls rank third in the Conference. Jordan also contributed 24 draw controls from her midfield position to rank third on her squad. In League games, she recorded 24 ground balls (3.43) to rank second and 11 caused turnovers (1.57 -- third). Jordan posted four games with at least five ground balls and caused multiple turnovers in nine of her 16 contests, including two games with four. Jordan, who is a 3.832 student studying biology, also earned a spot on the All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.

Rueger was a two-time Big South Freshman of the Week honoree in 2014. She finished fourth on the Wildcats' roster with 18 goals scored and was fifth with 23 points. She also contributed 18 ground balls and five draw controls. Rueger tallied three hat tricks this season and had six multi-goal efforts in her first year, including a career-high four scores against Kennesaw State on March 8. She collected a season-high five ground balls at George Washington on March 1 and scored 12 goals and 13 points in her seven Big South appearances. Rueger scored a goal in all but one League contest.

Boswell led the Panthers to the outright Big South regular-season title with a perfect 7-0 record and No. 1 seed in this week's Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship. Her squad went 11-5 overall during the regular-season and posted a League-best 7.88 goals against average to rank 10th in the nation -- including 5.71 in Conference games. The Panthers allowed five goals-or-less five times, including four Conference games, and the team enjoyed a +11.43 scoring margin against League foes. As a team, High Point is 12th in the nation in scoring margin (+5.38) and led the Big South in seven statistical categories, including goals per game (13.25), points per game (19.00), caused turnovers per game (9.5) and shots on goal per game (21.00). In League contests, the Panthers were first in goals, points, draw controls, shots, caused turnovers and shots on goal.

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