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Monday May 28, 2012IWLCA Selects Five Gators as All-Americans

Gainesville, Fla.

Five Florida lacrosse players were named All-Americans this afternoon by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association. Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.), Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) and Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.), all SynapseSports.com First Team All-Americans, landed on the IWLCA First Team, Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) earned a Second Team nod, and defender Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) earns her first career All-America selection with a spot on the Third Team.

Brittany Dashiell picks up her third 2012 All-America honor after having a spectacular season on both ends of the field. One of five finalists for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, Dashiell led the team in assists (25) and points (69), tied for third in goals (44), fourth in ground balls (31), third in draw controls (46) and tied for second with 17 caused turnovers. A member of the IWLCA All-South Region First Team, the All-ALC First Team and the ALC All-Tournament team, Dashiell finished the season ranked 44th in the NCAA in both goals and assists.

Sam Farrell, who also earned 2012 First Team All-America from SynapseSports.com, anchored the Gators’ defensive line that led the nation in scoring defense, averaging just 6.55 goals allowed per game. The Millersville, Md., native finished the season tied for second on the team in caused turnovers (17) and second in ground balls (41). An IWLCA First Team All-Region selection and a member of the All-ALC First Team and ALC All-Tournament team, Farrell’s season was highlighted by her two performances against then-No. 1 Northwestern. Farrell caused three turnovers and tabbed three ground balls in the Gators’ 8-7 regular-season road victory, and followed that by holding second-leading scorer Erin Fitzgerald scoreless while earning five ground balls and two caused turnovers in the ALC Championship game.

Mikey Meagher, who was named 2012 Goalie of the Year and an All-American by both WomensLax.com and SynapseSports.com, finished the season leading the nation in both save percentage (.537) and goals-against average (7.04). The junior keeper consistently had more saves than goals allowed, and finishes the year one of just three netminders with a season save percentage above .500, sitting .025 above the second-best keeper in the nation. Meagher made 145 saves and allowed just 125 goals in 1066:31 minutes of play, earning a 16-3 record in 21 appearances. An IWLCA First Team All-South Region selection and a member of the All-ALC Second Team, Meagher was named the Most Valuable Player of the ALC Tournament after making 16 saves and allowing just 11 goals in her two tournament starts.

Kitty Cullen, a 2011 IWLCA First Team All-American, was named to the 2012 Second Team after tying for the team lead with 69 points on 45 goals and 24 assists. Despite drawing her opponents’ top defenders and facing double and triple team defenses all season long, Cullen continued to be a prolific attacker, finishing second on the team in both goals and assists. A two-time First Team All-South Region selection, First Team All-ALC selection and Tewaaraton Award nominee, Cullen finished the year ranked 31st in the nation in points, 42nd in goals and 49th in assists.

Jamie Reeg earns her first career All-America nod with a Third Team selection after being named to the 2012 IWLCA All-Region Second Team. A key member of Florida’s NCAA-leading defensive line, the Atlantis, Fla., native accumulated 26 ground balls, 19 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers on the year. Reeg was named SynapseSports.com National Defensive Player of the Week on March 26, after tabbing four ground balls and two caused turnovers at Ohio State while keeping the Buckeyes’ leading scorer Alayna Markwordt without a shot on goal. The junior had a career performance against Northwestern in the ALC Championship game, keeping 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner Shannon Smith scoreless for the first time in 62 games.

First Team

Becca Block, Syracuse, Jr., D

Ally Carey, Vanderbilt, Sr., M

Brittany Dashiell, Florida, Jr., M

Sam Farrell, Florida, Jr., D

Kellye Gallagher, Loyola, Sr., D

Karri Ellen Johnson, Maryland, Sr., A

Becky Lynch, North Carolina, Sr., A

Mikey Meagher, Florida, Jr., G

Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, So., A

Marlee Paton, Loyola, So., M

Sarah Plumb, Dartmouth, Sr., M

Iliana Sanza, Maryland, Jr., D

Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, Jr., M

Shannon Smith, Northwestern, Sr., A

Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, Jr., D

Michelle Tumulo, Syracuse, Jr., A

 

Second Team

Alex Aust, Maryland, Jr., A

Dana Cahill, Penn State, Sr., G

Gabby Capuzzi, Ohio State, Sr., M

Lizzy Carney, Penn State, So., D

Kitty Cullen, Florida, Jr., A

Erin Fitzgerald, Northwestern, Sr., A

Alex Frank, Northwestern, Sr., D

Caroline Helmer, Cornell, Sr., D

Kristin Igoe, Boston College, Sr., M

Alayna Markwordt, Ohio State, Sr., A

Josie Owen, Virginia, Sr., A

Sloane Serpe, North Carolina, So., D

Maggie Tamasitis, Notre Dame, Sr., A

Sophia Thomas, Georgetown, Jr., M

Kim Wenger, Duke, Sr., M

Laura Zimmerman, North Carolina, Sr., M

 

Third Team

Casey Ancarrow, James Madison, Jr., A

Kelly Barnes, Georgetown, Sr., D

Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina, Jr., M

Tatum Coffey, Penn State, Fr., M

Lindsey deButts, Princeton, Sr., D

Alexa Demski, Towson, Jr., D

Danielle Etrasco, Boston University, Jr., A

Katie Ferris, Massachusetts, So., A

Julie Gardner, Virginia, Sr., M

Emma Hamm, Duke, Sr., A

Claire Petersen, Stony Brook, Jr., A

Maddie Poplawski, Pennsylvania, Jr., M

Jamie Reeg, Florida, Jr., D

Margaret Smith, Notre Dame, So., M

Mary Teeters, Towson, Sr., G

Katie Webster, Syracuse, So., M

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