Six #A10WLAX Standouts Recognized by IWLCA
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Six Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Lacrosse standouts were honored Friday as members of the IWLCA All-Region teams, as announced by the IWLCA.
From UMass, sophomore Stephanie Croke and senior Holly Turner were named to the All-Northeast Region first team, while seniors Hannah Burnett and Kasey Keane earned second-team accolades. From Richmond, senior Kim Egizi and junior Julie Ball were named to the All-South Region second team.
As regional first-team selections, Croke and Turner are now in contention to receive All-America status from the IWLCA.
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Croke, a native of Norwell, Mass., had a breakout season as the Minutewomen's top midfielder with career-best numbers across the board. She was named the Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year earning All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors as well. The speedy two-way midfielder ranked fifth on the team in points (39), third in assists (23), and was second in groundballs (43), draw controls (34) and caused turnovers (24).
Keane was UMass' top individual defender who led the A-10 in groundballs (63) and ranked third in caused turnovers (42). The Westwood, Mass., native had a breakout season as a full-time starter – doubling all her previous career-high totals for caused turnovers and groundballs for a season. Her 42 caused turnovers are the second most for a single-season in program history, while her 63 groundballs are the fourth-best total. She finished her career for the Minutewomen with 67 caused turnovers which
Turner led the A-10 in points (93), assists (51) and finished the year with 42 goals. One of the top all-time players in UMass history, the Pittsford, N.Y., native ranks second for career points (280), is seventh for goals (137) and holds the program record for assists (143). The senior posted a career-best 51 assists this year was also an All-Atlantic 10 First Team pick. Defensively, Turner increased her productivity on the ride as well with career-best numbers for caused turnovers (22) and groundballs (40). Overall, this marked the second consecutive year Turner was honored to the all-region first-team.
A senior attacker, Egizi has had a standout career for the Spiders, earning All-Conference honors all four years and First Team honors twice. Egizi, who holds the program record for single-season and single-game points, earned A-10 Tournament MVP honors after scoring the overtime game-winner to send the Spiders to their first NCAA tournament since 2007. She ranks in the top three on the team in points, goals, assists, draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers.
Ball has had a breakout season for the Spiders, earning First Team All-Conference accolades for her defensive play. The junior ranks fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game, and her 50 caused turnovers this season are a single-season program record. Ball ranks third on the team in both ground balls and