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