Club Women

May 9, 2012

Crum, Jancuska Win Inaugural Amtahcha Wards

from press release

Beth Ann Jancuska of Towson Club and Clayton Crum of Texas were named the inaugural winners of the Amtahcha Awards as the top players in the US Lacrosse WCLA.

© Cecil Copeland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Clayton Crum of the University of Texas and Beth Ann Jancuska of Towson University were named the inaugural winners of the Amtahcha Awards as the Player of the Year in their respective divisions of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA).

The Amtahcha Awards were established by a gift from Dr. Larry Feldman, founder of, to the US Lacrosse Foundation to honor the national players of the year in the US Lacrosse WCLA and the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The MCLA honorees will be named at its championships later this month in Greenville, S.C.
Crum, a senior midfielder, earned the honor after scoring 98 goals, recording 21 assists, scooping up 41 ground balls, grabbing 63 draw controls and causing 38 turnovers. A three-time All-American, she led the Longhorns to the Texas Women’s Lacrosse League championship and a No. 7 seed for this year’s national championship. She scored four goals in Texas’ 14-9 loss to UC Davis in the opening round of the championship to go over 100 goals for the season.

Jancuska, a senior midfielder, led Towson’s club team to an undefeated season and the No. 1 seed in this week’s US Lacrosse WCLA Division II National Championship. Jancuska, who had 38 goals and 18 assists during the regular season, was named the Outstanding Midfielder at last year’s event when Towson lost to Chapman in the national championship game. The Tigers open play in the tournament on Thursday against Stanford Club.

In Division I, six other individuals were selected for major awards. Santa Clara University teammates Maria Pestana and Maggie Burke were named the Attack Player of the Year and Midfield Player of the Year, respectively. University of Georgia teammates Michele Manis and Emily Seidel were named Defense Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year, respectively. Christina Monahan of University of Florida club team was named Rookie of the Year. Brandie Leach, of the University of Texas, was named the Coach of the Year.

Two other members of the Towson program earned major awards in Division II. Muireann Phelan was named the Goalie of the Year and Cristen Sanfilippo was named the Coach of the Year. Chelsea Farrell (Westminster College) was named Attack Player of the Year, Desiree Messina (Oakland University) was named Midfield Player of the Year, Jackie Gamper (Southern Methodist University) was named Defense Player of the Year and Margaret Patterson (Southern Methodist University) was named Rookie of the Year.

The Division I and Division II All-America teams were also honored at the ceremony. The University of California, Los Angeles (DI) and Oakland University (DII) led with four first-team selections in their respective divisions.

US Lacrosse also honored 166 players that were named to the national All-Academic team.

The complete All-America and All-Academic teams follow:

DI First Team All-America
Devon Comito — Senior — University of California, Los Angeles
Emily Seidel — Junior — University of Georgia

Maegan Cruse — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Maria Pestana — Senior — Santa Clara University
Allie Simpson — Senior — University of California, Los Angeles
Brooke Smith  — Junior — Brigham Young University
Sara Tanabe — Junior — University of Colorado

Hayley Bernstein — Junior — Colorado State University
Maggie Burke — Junior — Santa Clara University
Clayton Crum — Senior — University of Texas
Laura Maffuci — Senior — University of California, Davis
Brenna Mefford — Senior — Colorado State University
Katie Mitchell  — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Morgan Oberstein — Senior — University of California, Los Angeles

Sarah Llewelyn — Junior — University of Texas
Emila Norlin — Junior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Michele Manis — Senior — University of Georgia
Isabel Angell — Senior  — University of California, Los Angeles
Lauren Lapp — Senior — University of Florida

DI Second Team All-America

Jeni Centner — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Jordan Cook — Junior — University of Texas
Emmy Scheidt — Senior — University of Michigan

Maddie Garcia — Junior — Colorado State University
Lauren Giraldi — Senior — University of Maryland
Kristen Lund — Junior — Brigham Young University
Brittini Peck — Senior — University of Florida
Alexa Quinlan — Sophomore — Michigan State University
Tory Wilkinson — Sophomore — Chapman University

Emily Desimone — Sophomore — California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Opispo
Jessica Dresser — Senior — University of California, Davis
Molly Fensterwald — Junior — University of California, Davis
Jenna Hildebrand — Junior — University of Florida
Abbey Messmer — Freshman — Chapman University
Julianne Patterson — Sophomore — University of Michigan
Lucy Scholz — Senior — University Virginia
Jordan Venetis — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara

Taylor Haverty — Junior — University of Colorado
Audra Horton — Senior — University of Colorado
Sara Johnson — Senior — Colorado State University
Sarah Langlie — Junior — Colorado State University
Christina Monahan —  Freshman — University of Florida
Kelsey Martin - Senior — University of Michigan — Michigan

DII First Team All-America
Lauren Pattah — Sophomore — Oakland University
Muireann Phelan — Junior — Towson University

Chelsea Farrell — Junior — Westminster College
Brianna Johnson — Freshman — Oakland University
Lindsay Kibler — Senior — Towson University
Lea Reuss  — Senior — Western Washington University

Kelly Giesecke — Senior — Cornell University
Krystle Gish — Senior — University of Wyoming
Beth Ann Jancuska — Senior — Towson University
Desiree Messina — Junior — Oakland University
Margaret Patterson — Freshman — Southern Methodist University

Carson Chambers — Senior  — Westminster College
Jackie Gamper — Sophomore — Southern Methodist University
Samantha Miceli — Junior — Oakland University
Mary Patterson — Freshman — Southern Methodist University

DII Second Team All-America

Rachel Wantuch — Graduate —California State University, Long Beach
Barbara Wye — Sophomore — Lake Forest College

Kaicee Beal — Junior — Westminster College
Katie Sabourin — Sophomore — Hope College
Mary Liz Tuttlle — Sophomore — Southern Methodist University
Hanna Vickery — Sophomore — Oakland University

Sage Johnson — Senior — Westminster College
Donna LaPoint — Freshman — Oakland University
Jaycee Slack — Sophomore — Gonzaga University
Erika Torres — Junior — University of Nevada, Reno
Katy Weiser — Graduate — University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Karlee Braniff — Senior — Saginaw Valley State University
Sarah Brotman — Senior — Cornell University
Alexandra Ferdig — Sophomore — Westminster College
Lauren Hirsch — Senior — University of Dayton

WCLA All-Academic Team

Arizona State University - Jennifer Littleton
Arizona State University - Lauren Littleton
Arizona State University - Shelby Griffin
Arizona State University - Katie Stemm
Boise State University - Michelle Jeffries
Boise State University - Lauren Garrett
Boston College - Lauren Ortner
Boston College - Nicole Wei
Brigham Young University - Elizabeth Calderwood
Brigham Young University - Carrie Westover
Butler University - Stephanie O'Brien
Butler University - Mary-Bridget Adkins
Butler University - Elizabeth Erb
Chapman University - Christina Bell
Chapman University - Nima Gobir
Chapman University - Lauren Gibson
Clemson University - Annie McGuire
Clemson University - Celena Gordon
Clemson University - Cassie Hammer
Clemson University - Molly Ashforth
Clemson University - Shelby Cohen
Colorado State University - Sarah Moyer
Colorado State University - Caroline Freyschlag
Cornell University - Katharine Rogers
Cornell University - Kelly O'Connor
Cornell University - Lauren Schwarzenholzer
CSU San Marcos - Sarah Christensen
Dartmouth College - Madeline Garcia
Dartmouth College - Carla Larin
Dartmouth College - Anna Pearson
DePaul University - Sarah Guminski
DePaul University - Emma Terrazas
Gonzaga University - Jaycee Slack
Gonzaga University - Maria Eugenua Pedreira
Gonzaga University - Katie Cronin
Gonzaga University - Jessica Schray
Gustavus Adolphus College - Nara Higano
Kennesaw State University - Jenna Powell
Kennesaw State University - Beth Cochran
Kennesaw State University - Lauren Dulaney
Lake Forest College - Sarah Jonathan
Lake Forest College - Amelia Lawrence
Loyola University - Erin Cawley
Loyola University - Mary Colleen Cawley
Loyola University - Allison Rose
Loyola University - Erika Burns
Loyola University - Alyssa McCallan
Miami University of Ohio - Paige Mularoni
Miami University of Ohio - Melannie Kleven
Miami University of Ohio - Madeline Haigh
Michigan State University - Jennifer Berger
Ole Miss - Ellen Karp
Ole Miss - Ashton Hellmuth
Pacific Lutheran University - Molly Shade
Pacific Lutheran University - Hannah Rossio
Pacific Lutheran University - Jessica Tveit
Purdue University - Lauren Cascio
Purdue University - Lisa Olszewski
Purdue University - Meridith Robins
Purdue University - Jennifer De Paun
Saginaw Valley State University - Haley Schieberl
Saginaw Valley State University - Kristi Lizyness
San Jose State University - Melissa Badger
Santa Clara University - Emma Randall
Santa Clara University - Gretchen Kayser
Santa Clara University - Jenna Herzog
Santa Clara University - Kathryn McCormick
Sonoma State University - Thanh-Tam Phan
Texas A&M - Rebecca A. Luce
Texas A&M - Rachel Scott
Texas State University - Lauren Crain
Towson University - Victoria Andre
Towson University - Allsion Simpson
Towson University - Kate Mills
Towson University - Caitlin Enderle
UCLA - Noelani Maia Suhelia Nasser
UCLA - Deanna Hong
UCLA - Lee Ann Patrick
UCLA - Sharon Woo
UCLA - Allison Steinberg
UC-Santa Barbara - Kerri Kowski
UC-Santa Barbara - M. Blair Evans
UC-Santa Barbara - Megan Dawe
Univeristy of Alabama - Caroline Olszewski
University of Alabama - Megan Monroe
University of Alabama - Caroline Olszewski
University of Alabama - Megan Monroe
University of Arkansas - Kristin Kovach
University of Arkansas  - Andie Schenk
University of Arkansas - Katherine Strike
University of Arkansas - Catie Perreira
University of Arkansas - Rachel Albinson
University of Arkansas - Emily Gillian
University of Buffalo - Lyndsey Conway
University of Buffalo - Angeline Walker
University of Chicago - Kelly Varney
University of Colorado - Anne Buckley
University of Delaware - Brooke Peragallo
University of Delaware - Jamie Ruland
University of Florida - Cassandra Bailey
University of Florida - Christina Waterhouse
University of Florida - Jacquelyn Schaefer
University of Florida  - Katie Sonier
University of Florida - Nicole Nadeau
University of Florida - Nicole Vandaele
University of Florida - Caitlin F. McVeigh
University of Florida - Brittini Peck
University of Florida - Brooke Bal
University of Maryland - Hannah Henningsgaard
University of Maryland - Caroline Moore
University of Maryland - Lauren Groft
University of Maryland - Ariel Strumpf
University of Maryland - Emma Goode
University of Maryland - Janina Vaitkus
University of Maryland - Kelly Protzko
University of Michigan - Nana Kikuchi
University of Minnesota - Blake Kist
University of Minnesota - Morgan Kist
University of Minnesota - Ashlee Miller
University of Missouri - Bethany Christo
University of Missouri - Kaitlin Echele
University of Missouri - Jaclyn Poe
University of Missouri - Elizabeth Maluta
University of Missouri - Taylor Beck
University of Missouri - Shanna Saunders
University of Missouri - Lucy Egan
University of Nevada - Miliaikeala Heen
University of Oregon - Emma Dorland
University of Pittsburgh - Christa Lausten
University of Pittsburgh - Julia Lauritzen
University of Portland - Janelle Rychlick
University of San Diego - Alanna Armstrong
University of Southern California - Brianna DaSilveira
University of Southern California - Megan Rikoff
University of Southern California - Blair Bou-Chebl
University of St. Thomas - Whittney Bartkey
University of Tennessee-Knoxville - Jessica Wilson
University of Texas - Mia Collins
University of Texas - Allison Cook
University of Texas - Tully Moorhead
University of Texas - Kayla Rainey
University of Texas - Kaitlyn Kennedy
University of Texas - Alison Killian
University of Toledo - Maria Dorski
University of Toledo - Candice Perry
University of Utah - Haley Poulson
University of Virginia - Jennifer Naylor
University of Virginia - Anna Powell
University of Washington - Annabel Dessert
University of Washington - Jessica Naluai
University of Wyoming - Kylee Snuffer
University of Wyoming - Jane Olsen
Virginia Tech University - Rachael Pascale
Wayne State University - Kara Cox
Wayne State University - Christine Center
Wayne State University - Barbara Gult
Wayne State University - Maranda Ireland-Smith
Wayne State University - Fareea Khaliq
Wayne State University - Carolyn Reimann
Wayne State University - Crystal Siyu Zhang
Westminster College - Carson Chambers
Westminster College - McKenzie Deutschendorf
Westminster College - Chelsea Farrell
Westminster College - Erin Foslid
Westminster College - MaKenzie Hekking
Westminster College - Sage Johnson

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