April 23, 2009

Atlantic 10 Tabs All-Conference Teams, Awards

from press release

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Duquesne junior Meghan Frederick and senior Allison Furstenburg from Richmond were named Atlantic 10 women's lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Year after a tie in the voting conducted among the Conference's head coaches. Duquesne senior Ashley Wood was tabbed the Midfielder of the Year and senior goalkeeper Suzy Herlihy of Saint Joseph's earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor.
In that same vote, George Washington's Sarah Phillips was tabbed Rookie of the Year and Denise Roessler of Saint Joseph's was named Coach of the Year. Additionally, Richmond senior midfielder Mandy Friend was named Student-Athlete of the Year in voting by the Conference's sports information directors.
Frederick set an Atlantic 10 Conference single season assists record with a league-leading 44 assists on the season, which ranks fourth nationally. She finished tied for the lead in points with 77 points and added 33 goals on the season. The Cockeysville, Md., native ranked in the top ten nationally all season in assists (44), assists per game (2.59), points (77) and points per game (4.53). In Conference games only, she led the A-10 with 5.14 points per game.
Furstenburg earns her second-straight Offensive Player of the Year honor after helping the Spiders to the second seed in this weekend's Championship. She led her squad with 49 goals and added 25 assists to rank third in the Conference with 74 points.  Hailing from Whitehouse Station, N.J., the attack player was a two-time A-10 Player of the Week honoree, and has twice been named first-team All-Conference.
Wood garners the league's second-ever Midfielder of the Year award. She finished the regular season with 52 goals and two assists for 54 points on the season, ranking her ninth in the league in total points. The native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was named A-10 Player of the Week on Mar. 16. She is one of the most versitile players in the Conference as she led the A-10 in caused turnovers per game  (1.71) and was second in goals per game (3.18).
Herlihy, a goalkeeper from Clarksville, Md., led the league with an 8.48 goals against average (GAA) and a .521 save percentage, placing her in the top 10 nationally in both categories. She nabbed a team-high 29 ground balls and caused nine turnovers from the cage while earning two A-10 Player of the Week awards. The first-team All-Conference honoree set a school record for career wins (23) and enters the A-10 Championship ranked second in school history in career GAA (8.85) and third in saves (443).
Joining Frederick, Furstenburg, Wood and Herlihy on the All-Conference first-team are St. Bonaventure's Molly Hastrich; Jackie Lyons and Jackie Rosenzweig of Massachusetts; George Washington's Alaska Burr; Jenna Martino, Helene Tursi and Abby Renninger from Saint Joseph's and Richmond's Mandy Friend.
The All-Conference second-team consists of George Washington's Taylor Donohue and Katie Lilly; La Salle's Stefany McKee; Meghan Reddy, Holly Drown and Haley Smith of Massachusetts; Duquesne's Sarah Cates and Mollie Montgomery; St. Bonaventure's Christine Hanley; Jontell Lyons of Saint Joseph's and Temple's Tracy Zimmer and Jessica Colucci.
Phillips enjoyed an outstanding rookie season for George Washington. The two-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week is second on her team in points with 36 after notching 18 goals and 18 assists on the year. A native of Downingtown, Pa., she has started every A-10 game and scored three or more goals in all eight contests, including five-goal performances against Temple and Saint Joseph's.
Including Phillips, the All-Conference rookie team features Duquesne teammates Cailin Colegrove and Katie Rekart; St. Bonaventure's Danielle Drabin; Richmond's Caitlin Fifield and Samantha Tajirian; Meghan McDevitt and Julie Mineweaser of Saint Joseph's; La Salle's Nora McGurkin; George Washington's Megan Seidman; Katie Florence from Massachusetts and Temple's Melissa Schweitzer.
Friend garners Student-Athlete of the Year honors. The senior midfielder from Canandiagua, N.Y., enters this weekend's A-10 Championship as Richmond's second leading scorer with 42 goals and 18 assists for 60 points. The two-time A-10 Midfielder of the Year ranks in the top 10 in the league in all offensive stats.  This is her fourth straight year on the All-Conference first-team and fourth year she has won at least one of the league's top awards after being Rookie of the Year in 2006, Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and Midfielder of the Year in 2008. She maintains a 3.40 grade point average as a leadership studies major.
Friend is joined on the Academic All-Conference team by Sarah Cates, Janna Faulkner and Mollie Montgomery of Duquesne; Merritt Cosgrove and Holly Drown of Massachusetts; La Salle's Jill Davis; Molly Hastrich and Keri Vito of St. Bonaventure; Temple's Chelsea Rosiek and Christine Readinger and Jessica Westlake from Saint Joseph's.
In her 11th season, Roessler guided Saint Joseph's to the program's first Championship appearance since 2001 and helped the Hawks to a record-setting year with new marks in goals scored (183), points (249), shots (483), overall wins (nine), and A-10 wins (five). SJU had never compiled a winning record in A-10 play prior to this season and the #3 seed is the team's highest in Championship play. A 1995 graduate of Old Dominion with a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine, Roessler played women's lacrosse at ODU under Sue Stahl, who currently serves as the United States National Team head women's lacrosse coach.
Offensive Players of the Year: Meghan Frederick, Duquesne / Allison Furstenburg, Richmond
Midfielder of the Year: Ashley Wood, Duquesne
Defensive Player of the Year: Suzy Herlihy, Saint Joseph's
Rookie of the Year: Sarah Phillips, George Washington
Coach of the Year: Denise Roessler, Saint Joseph's
Student-Athlete of the Year: Mandy Friend, Richmond

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