Five #A10WLAX Student-Athletes Named to IWLCA Senior All-Star Team; Spiders' Allison Kwolek to Coach
Five Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Student-Athletes have been selected to play in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) 2019 Senior All-Star Game, the league announced Tuesday.
The 44 players selected in each Division have been divided into two teams: North and South. Massachusetts’ Kiley Anderson was selected for the North Team, while Richmond’s Marissa Brown and Julie Ball and Saint Joseph’s Francesca Donato and Brierly Sinead were selected for the South Team. Richmond Coach Allison Kwolek is set to coach the South Team at the event, which will take place on Saturday, June 1, at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Only seniors who have exhausted their lacrosse playing eligibility are permitted to participate. Admission for all three games is free of charge. The games will also be streamed live on IWLCA-tv.com.
Kwolek will coach the South Team at the 2019 IWLCA Senior All-Star Game after leading the Spiders to their second-straight Atlantic 10 Title and trip to the NCAA Tournament. Under Kwolek's leadership, the Spiders finished with a 17-4 overall record in 2019, setting a new record for wins in a season and breaking the single-season marks for points (455) and goals (314).
Anderson led UMass (15-4) and the Atlantic 10 in goals scored with 67 which tied the program's single-season mark. Also one of the league's top draw specialists, Anderson was an All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection and a member of the A-10 All-Championship Team. She finished her UMass career ranked fourth all-time in goals (163), 10th in points (184) and second in draw controls (208). Her nine goals in the game against Connecticut this past season stand as a single-game record for the program while she also tied the single-game mark for points (10) against the Huskies.
Ball wrapped up an impressive career by earning her second straight IWLCA All-Region honor earlier this week. The two-time Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year broke into the Richmond record book this season, finishing second all-time in career caused turnovers (117) and fifth in career draw controls (174) to solidify herself as one of the top defenders in program history. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, Ball currently ranks third in the nation in ground balls per game (3.52) and eighth in caused turnovers per game (2.43).
Brown proved to be a force in the Atlantic 10 in her final season as a Spider, topping the conference with 89 points on the season to finish second all-time in single-season points at Richmond. The attacker totaled 271 points in her career, also good for second all-time at UR, while breaking the career (142) and single-season (49) marks in assists. A two-time All-Conference honoree, Brown led the Spiders to the A-10 title in 2019 after setting a new A-10 Championship record with 19 points in three games. She currently ranks eighth in the nation in assists (49), 16th in assists per game (2.33) and 19th in points (89).
Brierley and Donato both turned in the most successful seasons of their collegiate careers as seniors this spring en route to Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team honors for defender Brierley and attacker Donato; Donato was also tabbed the league's Offensive Player of the Year.
After making the transition to a primary defensive role for her final season, Brierley led the team in both ground balls (52) and caused turnovers (33) while Donato led the squad in points (89, SJU's single-season program record), goals (47), and assists (42, SJU's single-season program record).
They become SJU's fourth and fifth IWLCA Senior All-Star Game selections in program history, joining defender Caroline Hagan (2016), defender Brittany Hanrahan (2014), and defender Abby Renninger (2009); Donato becomes the first offensive player to make the roster while this marks the first time in program history in which multiple Hawks made the cut.