April 18, 2013

Five Lions Earn Division II All-Independent Honors

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo junior midfielder Stephanie Marran was named First Team All-Independent, announced Thursday, leading a group of five Saint Leo women's lacrosse players to earn All-Independent honors.

The Division II Independent Women's Lacrosse awards were voted on by coaches who elected to participate in the selection process. Schools participating were: Catawba College (N.C.), Chowan University (N.C.), Florida Southern College, Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.), Newberry College (S.C.), Saint Leo University (Fla.), Shepherd University, (W.Va.) and Young Harris College (Ga.).

Along with Marran's First Team selection, Alix Murray and Jessica Torrent picked up Second Team honors, while Torrent, Kristen McGovern, and Paige Leggio were named to the All-Freshman Team.

Marran gets the nod after tallying 23 goals and a team high 14 assists for a team best 37 points in her junior campaign.  The Patchogue, N.Y. native added 25 ground balls and eight caused turnovers to her stat line while starting 13 games and playing in all 15 for the Lions.  Marran and won a blistering 59 draw controls, good for a team best, to round out her second season with Saint Leo.

Murray picks up Second Team recognition for her efforts on attack for the Lions in her sophomore season.  Murray netted 20 goals and added six assists, while converting 2-of-3 free-position shots and compiling a 52.6 shot percentage, and 86.8 shots on goal percentage.  A native of Orlando, Fla., Murray picked up nine ground balls, won one draw control, and caused three turnovers in 15 games.

Freshman defender Torrent gets Second Team honors after playing and starting in all 15 games for the Lions in her first season.  Hailing from Seaford, N.Y., Torrent was part of a Saint Leo defense that held opponents to just 43 goals on 99 free-position shots while picking up 22 ground balls, two draw controls, and causing 12 turnovers.  Torrent was also given credit on the All-Freshman Team to go along with her Second Team selection.

McGovern earns a spot on the All-Independent Freshman Team after playing in all 15 games for the Lions and starting 14.  The Babylon, N.Y. native was solid as a defensive middie for the Lions, picking up 29 ground balls, and winning nine draw controls.  McGovern also caused six turnovers in her time on the field.

Leggio rounds out the list with a nod on the All-Freshman Team after a solid first year with Saint Leo.  Hailing from Bay Shore, N.Y., Leggio saw time in 14 games for the Lions, starting 13.  She amassed 12 goals and dished out two assists for a total of 14 points, and added 16 ground balls to her stat total on the season.  Winning 19 draw controls, she added five caused turnovers to her season, and compiled a shots on goal percentage of 74.2.

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NEWBERRY, S.C. – Shepherd University sophomore Georgia Karr and Florida Southern College sophomore Lorianne Hoover have been named Division II Independent Women's Lacrosse Co-Players of the year, headlining a list of award winners that was announced on Thursday.

The Division II Independent Women's Lacrosse awards were voted on by coaches who elected to participate in the selection process. Schools participating were: Catawba College (N.C.), Chowan University (N.C.), Florida Southern College, Lenoir-Rhyne University (N.C.), Newberry College (S.C.), Saint Leo University (Fla.), Shepherd University, (W.Va.) and Young Harris College (Ga.).

Karr (Eldersburg, Md.) and Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) also earned a spot on the Division II All-Independent Women's Lacrosse First Team. An attacker, Karr started 14 games for the Rams and let the team with 70 points off 38 goals and 32 assists. Karr also recorded 22 ground ball pickups and 22 draw controls.

Karr ranks No. 15 in the country in total points and points per game, while sitting at No. 13 in assists per game and No. 14 in assists per game. In 2012, Karr was a first team All-Independent selection and also earned an All-Independent Freshman Team nod.

Hoover has 11 starts under her belt for the Mocs and scored 20 goals out of the midfield. Hoover has also tallied eight assists, while notching 27 ground ball pickups and 70 draw controls. On the defensive end, Hoover has also forced 16 turnovers. The Florida Southern middie is No. 64 in the country in caused turnovers.

Hoover was an All-Independent second team selection a year ago, while also receiving recognition on the All-Independent Freshman Team.

The No. 9 Mocs of Florida Southern also saw head coach Kara Reber named the Kristina Quigley Division II All-Independent Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Reber earns coach of the year honors for the second straight year after leading the Mocs to their highest ranking in program history and a 10-2 record with three games remaining.

Newberry College freshman Carly Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned Freshman of the Year honors after posting 46 points on 26 goals and 20 assists. Marksberry recorded 23 ground balls, six draw controls and 12 caused turnovers for the Wolves.

Florida Southern led the eight independent schools with six first team selections and seven selections total between the first and second teams. Joining Hoover on the first team from Florida Southern is attacker Danielle LaDuca (Webster, N.Y.), attacker Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), defender Marissa Masello (Warners, N.Y.), defender Melissa Halstead (Miller Place, N.Y.) and goalkeeper Katie Hammerer (California, Md.).

Marksberry is joined by two Newberry teammates on the Division II All-Independent Women's Lacrosse First Team. Wolves' midfielder Kerri Ann Barlage (Glen Burnie, Md.) and defender Elise Sanchez (Tujunga, Calif.) also received first team recognition.

Karr is joined by Shepherd teammate Alyx Albano (Wayne, N.J.), as Albano earned recognition as a defender.

Rounding out the Division II All-Independent Women's Lacrosse First Team, is freshman midfielder Taylor Lincoln (Kennesaw, Ga.) of Young Harris and Saint Leo middie Stephanie Marran (Patchogue, N.Y.).

The second team saw representatives from Catawba, Saint Leo, Shepherd, Florida Southern, Lenoir-Rhyne and Young Harris. The All-Freshman Team saw seven of the eight teams represented.

All eight schools saw at least one student-athlete honored by the Independent coaches.

Division II All-Independent Women's Lacrosse Awards

Co-Player of the Year: Georgia Karr, Shepherd
Co-Player of the Year: Lorianne Hoover, Florida Southern
Freshman of the Year: Carly Marksberry, Newberry
Kristina Quigley Coach of the Year: Kara Reber, Florida Southern

First Team
Attacker
Caitlin Chase, Florida Southern
Carly Marksberry, Newberry
Danielle LaDuca, Florida Southern
Georgia Karr, Shepherd

Midfielder
Lorianne Hoover, Florida Southern
Kerri Ann Barlage, Newberry
Taylor Lincoln, Young Harris
Stephanie Marran, Saint Leo

Defender
Alyx Albano, Shepherd
Elise Sanchez, Newberry
Marissa Masello, Florida Southern
Melissa Halstead, Florida Southern

Goalkeeper
Katie Hammerer, Florida Southern

Second Team
Attacker
Alix Murray, Saint Leo
Chelsey Bauer, Catawba
Kelsey Eagan, Shepherd
Meredith Jones, Catawba

Midfielder*
Ebony Mills, Catawba
Jaclyn Kernohan, Young Harris
Lauren Donovan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Megan Asper, Florida Southern
Nicole Ruane, Shepherd
*two-way tie for final spot

Defender
Ivey Franklin, Young Harris
Jessica Torrent, Saint Leo
Jillian O'Connor, Catawba
Kelsey Phelan, Shepherd

Goalkeeper
Bethany Davis, Catawba

All-Freshman Team*
Adriea Herndon, Chowan
Alyssa Corace, Catawba
Bethany Davis, Catawba
Carly Marksberry, Newberry
Claire Wach, Lenoir-Rhyne
Erin Phelan, Shepherd
Hunter Morris, Shepherd
Ivey Franklin, Young Harris
Jaclyn Kernohan, Young Harris
Jessica Torrent, Saint Leo
Kristen McGovern, Saint Leo
Morgan Raffaele, Newberry
Paige Leggio, Saint Leo
Taylor Lincoln, Young Harris