Seven A-10 Athletes Voted VaSID All-State; Balsama Named Rookie of the Year

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – George Mason’s Deanna Balsama was named the 2019 Virginiga All-State University Division Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year as voted on by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). 

Additionally, the organization voted 11 players to the VaSID University Division Women’s Lacrosse First Team and recognized an additional 11 players with second-team honors. Richmond’s Sam Geiersbach and Julie Ball represented the Spiders on the first team while Balsama and fellow Patriot Erin Donoghue, Richmond’s Marissa Brown, and VCU’s Molly Barcikowski and Caroline Glenn received second-team honors.

Balsama was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after being named the conference’s Rookie of the Week seven times. The attacker led the Patriots in goals (49), assists (22) and points (71), earning a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team. Her 69 points are the third-most in a season in Mason program history and ranked fifth in the Atlantic 10 this season. She also ranked third in the A-10 in goals.

The attacker from Sewell, N.J., finished second on the team in draw controls (58) behind Donoghue. Her 54 draw controls in conference games ranked third in the A-10. She had a season-high 10 draw controls against Saint Joseph's which is tied for third-best in Mason history for a single-game. 

The freshman scored multiple goals in 13 games and in nine conference games scored three or more goals six times. She recorded a career-high five goals in three games, all in conference competition. 

2019 VaSID All-State Women's Lacrosse Award - University Division                                                                                                                                                                                    

VaSID All State Player of the Year                                                                                                 

Sammy Mueller, University of Virginia


VaSID All State Rookie of the Year                                                                                                

Deanna Balsama, George Mason University


VaSID All State Coach of the Year                                                                                                 

Julie Myers, University of Virginia


First Team                                                                                                                                              


Sam Geiersbach,Richmond

Hanna Haven, James Madison

Maddie McDaniel, Virginia


Julie Ball, Richmond

Caroline Sdanowich,James Madison

Allison Shields, Virginia


Maggie Jackson, Virginia

Sammy Mueller, Virginia

Paige Petty, Virginia Tech


Molly Dougherty, James Madison



Second Team                                                                                                                                          


Deanna Balsama, George Mason

Molly Barcikowski, VCU

Marissa Brown, Richmond

Glory Johnson, Old Dominion


Katie Bendrick, Radford 

Caroline Glenn, VCU

Elena Ricci, Virginia Tech


Brianna McCaffrey, Liberty 

Erin Donoghue, George Mason 

Kaitlin Luccarelli Longwood

Carly White, Liberty


Charlie Campbell, Virginia

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