Five A-10 Standouts Selected for North-South All-Star Game
Grand Lake, Colo. -- Five Atlantic 10 standouts have been selected to the 2014 North-South All Star Game Rosters by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
UMass seniors Kelsey McGovern, Kelsey Sheridan and Tanner Guarino will play for the North Squad, while Brittany Hanrahan of Saint Joseph’s and Hayley Ross of Richmond will be on the South Squad.
The game is set for Saturday, June 7 at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The Division I game starts at 11:30 a.m., ahead of the Division II and III games later that day. In total, 132 senior student-athletes in three divisions were selected to participate by the IWLCA.
Guarino leaves UMass as the all-time leader in games played at 82. She finished her career with 99 goals and 149 points along with 112 groundballs, 67 caused turnovers and 82 draw controls. In addition to her All-Region honors, Guarino was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 selection earning first team honors in 2013 and 2014 along with second team accolades in 2012.
McGovern joined Sheridan as a keystone of the UMass defense in addition to being the Minutewomen's primary draw taker. The native of Acton, Mass., finished her career with a UMass record 201 draw controls. That mark was highlighted by her setting the single-season program mark in 2013 with 110 draw controls. She played in 76 career games adding 59 caused turnovers, 76 groundballs, 10 goals and five assists to her resume. McGovern was also an All-Atlantic 10 First Team pick in 2013 and 2014 and named to the All-Academic Team in each of those seasons as well.
Sheridan anchored a defense which ranked second nationally in 2014 in goals allowed. On just three occasions did the Minutewomen surrender 10-or-more goals throughout the year. Sheridan led UMass in caused turnovers (27) and groundballs (46) while ranking among the team leaders in draw controls (46). The speedy and athletic senior was also key in UMass' transition play where the Minutewomen averaged nearly 85 percent on clearing opportunities, while holding the opposition to just 57 percent. The native of Chelmsford, Mass., was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection and also earned A-10 All-Academic honors in 2014.
In 16 starts, Hanrahan ranked second on the team in ground balls (38) and third in caused turnovers (22) at the conclusion of the 2014 campaign. The Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team selection averaged 1.3 ground balls per game in league action and boasted seven 3-plus ground ball games and five 3-plus caused turnover games en route to ranking in the top five of the A-10 in both defensive categories. Hanrahan co-captained and anchored the Hawks defensive unit in 2014 as Saint Joseph’s concluded the season ranked second nationally in caused turnovers per game and seventh in ground balls per game.
Ross finished her four-year career earlier this month, with the third-most goals on the squad, with 27. She also finished third on the team with 27 ground balls and 20 draws. She caused 14 turnovers, second-most on the squad this season. For her career, Ross scored 60 goals, adding 24 assists in 70 games played for the Spiders. She received her diploma in Art History and Studio Art earlier this month.