March 26, 2014

Division I Women's Mid-Season Awards, All-Americans

by Laurel Pfahler | | Twitter

Florida's Shannon Gilroy has been a do-it-all force for the Gators. She leads the nation in scoring and also leads Florida in draws and cuased turnovers. (Greg Shemitz)

Now that we're around the halfway point of the Division I women's lacrosse season, it's time to take a look at who is leading the way on the national scene. The men's awards ran Tuesday. Here are some women's mid-season award picks, if the season ended today:

Tewaaraton Award

Shannon Gilroy, Florida, Jr., Midfielder
After blending in with a loaded senior class last year, Gilroy has emerged this season as not only the Gators' biggest impact player but also the nation's leading scorer with 53 goals and 12 assists. Midway through the season, she has already matched last year's point total (65) when she recorded 52 goals and 13 assists. The 2013 second-team All-American also leads Florida in draws (54) and caused turnovers (14), as the No. 5 Gators sit at 10-2.

Also considered: Taylor Cummings, Maryland, So., M; Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, So., A; Abbey Friend, North Carolina, Sr., A; Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins, Sr., A; Meg Markham, Penn, Jr., D

Most Outstanding Attacker

Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, So.
While senior teammate Alyssa Murray garnered a lot of attention going into the season, Treanor has taken the spotlight as the Orange's top point scorer. She posts 32 goals and 21 assists for 51 points – all team highs – and has contributed at least four points in all but one game. It's no surprise the U.S. National Team member continues to be a scoring threat this season after netting 71 goals last year, but she's particularly shown more of her ability to set up teammates this season. She finished 2013 with just 24 assists.

Also considered: Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Sr.; Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins, Sr., Abbey Friend, North Carolina, Sr.

Most Outstanding Midfielder

Shannon Gilroy, Florida, Jr.
The Gators knew they were going to need Gilroy to shoulder the load with the other four of last year's top five scorers graduated, but she's surpassed expectations while a young supporting cast builds up around her. The 5-foot-9 midfielder can single-handedly dominate games, and her ability to find the back of the net, feed and win the draw have been instrumental to her team's success.

Also considered: Taylor Cummings, Maryland, So.; Kelly McPartland, Maryland, Jr.; Mikaela Rix, Boston College

Most Outstanding Defender

Meg Markham, Penn, Jr.
A tenacious player, Markham has wreaked havoc for opposing teams, causing a nation-leading 3.3 turnovers per game (23 in seven games). She ranks sixth in ground balls with 3.6 per game (25 total) and has become more of a factor on the draw, leading the team with 21 draw controls. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection last year, Markham finished her sophomore season with 15 caused turnovers, 31 ground balls and 34 draw controls.

Also considered: Sloane Serpe, North Carolina, Sr.; Kelsey McGovern, Massachusetts, Sr.;
Taylor Virden, Duke, Sr.

Kelly Award (Most Outstanding Goalie)

Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook, Sr.
Caridi led the nation in save percentage and goals against average last year and is right at the top again this season. Her .569 save percentage ranks first among goalies playing more than half their team's total minutes, and her 5.37 goals against average ranks third. Caridi began her college career at Division II Adelphi before transferring to Stony Brook in 2011-12.

Also considered: Rachel Vallarelli, Massachusetts, Jr.; Kellie Roddy, Brown, Jr.; Kelsey Duryea, Duke, So.; KC Emerson, Johns Hopkins, Jr.; Lucy Ferguson, Penn, Jr.

Most Outstanding Draw Specialist

Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern, Sr., A
It's no surprise Leonard is among the nation's leaders in draw controls this season. She currently ranks second with 59 after setting a school-record 125 draw controls last season. Leonard already etched her name in the record books as the all-time Division I leader in career draw controls, recording nine at Michigan on March 11 to bring her total to 359 – bettering the previous mark of 353 – and now has 365 career draw controls.

Also considered: Jessica Karwacki, Robert Morris, So., M; Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, So., M; Courtney Swan, Virginia, Jr., M

Most Outstanding Rookie

Sydney Holman, North Carolina, A
The defending national champions have maintained their No. 1 ranking in large part because of Holman's immediate impact. Her 23 goals and 21 assists rank her second on the team in points (44), helping the young Carolina offense average 18.2 goals per game. Holman also has contributed with 16 ground balls and five caused turnovers. She was a three-time All-American at East Chapel Hill High School (N.C.), where she set a state record for career goals with 416.

Also considered: Cortney Fortunato, Notre Dame, A/M; Dorrien Van Dyke, Stony Brook, M; Sammi Burgess, Florida, A; Marisa Romeo, Harvard, A; Zoe Stukenberg, Maryland, M

Breakout Player

Rachel Bowles, Albany, R-So., M
Bowles leads unbeaten Albany in goals (29), assists (15) and points (44), well on pace to surpass her 36 goals from her 2013 American East Co-Rookie of the Year season when the team finished 12-5. She has been an efficient scorer for the Great Danes, shooting 57 percent.

Also considered: Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State, Jr., M; Aly Messinger, North Carolina, Fr., A

First-Team All-Americans

A — Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins, Sr.
A — Abbey Friend, North Carolina, Sr.
A — Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Sr.
A — Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, Sr.
M — Taylor Cummings, Maryland, So.
M — Shannon Gilroy, Florida, Jr.
M — Kelly McPartland, Maryland, Jr.
M — Mikaela Rix, Boston College, Jr.
M — Courtney Swan, Virginia, Jr.
D — Meg Markham, Penn, Jr.
D — Kelsey McGovern, Massachusetts, Sr.
D — Sloane Serpe, North Carolina, Sr.
D — Taylor Virden, Duke, Sr.
G — Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook, Sr.

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