Bulldog Women's Lacrosse Earns Seven All-SCIAC Awards
It was announced on Thursday that the University of Redlands women's lacrosse team gained seven players on the 2011 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams during the league's second year of competition.
Sophomore attack player Aimee Dewan (Alamo, CA) and senior midfielder Christy Smith (St. Louis Park, MN) represent the Bulldogs on the First Team. Sophomore attack player Crystal Painter (Lake George, NY), sophomore defender Katie Colasurdo (Eugene, OR), junior midfielder Megan Prickett (Poway, CA), freshman midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Lake Forest, CA) and junior goalkeeper Ana Martinez (Pleasanton, CA) garner Second-Team laurels.
After earning Second-Team honors as a rookie, Dewan picks up back-to-back awards with this year's spot on the First Team. During nine conference games, she led the team with 27 goals and handed out five assists for a team-tying 32 points. She also tied for the lead among conference players with three game-winners and ranked fifth with 3.0 goals per game. Overall, Dewan shot an impressive .628 and provided an incredible on-goal percentage of .837. Dewan also nabbed six ground balls for the Bulldogs.
Smith repeats her First-Team efforts from a year ago as a steady and viable midfielder. Despite playing with an injury throughout the season, she racked up 20 goals and 12 assists for 32 points, which tie Dewan for the team-lead. Her 1.33 assists per game rank her second among the conference players. Smith converted more than 50 percent of her shots and grabbed 18 draw controls. She also corralled 11 ground balls and forced three opponent turnovers during conference competition.
Painter captures the inaugural All-SCIAC honor of her career with her Second-Team nod. This well-balanced attacker tallied 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in nine conference games. In addition, she ranked second in the SCIAC with 1.44 assists per game. While shooting at a .565 clip, Painter nailed all but three of her attempts on frame for a remarkable rate of .870. She came up with 12 ground balls and one caused turnover.
While earning her consecutive Second-Team award, Colasurdo served as a disciplined and efficient contributor in the Bulldogs' nine SCIAC games. She netted a trio of goals while dishing out four assists for seven points. Her stifling defense caused six opponent turnovers and her tenacious pursuit of the ball resulted in 17 ground balls, which rank second on the team in conference competition. Colasurdo also came up with 13 draw controls for the Bulldogs.
Perhaps one of the most diverse players on the squad, Prickett lands on the Second Team for the second time in her career. In addition to finding the back of the net on 22 occasions, including one for a game-winner, she connected with her teammates on eight assists for a total of 30 points. She shot at an incredible pace of .627 while finding the frame at a clip of .824. Pricket also snagged 33 draw controls, picked up 12 ground balls and forced nine opponent turnovers.
With 22 goals and four assists, Craycraft burst onto the scene as a rookie en route to her first All-SCIAC honor. She successfully made more than 60 percent of her shots and provided an on-goal clip of .829. She scooped up 17 ground balls and garnered five caused turnovers. But more than anything, Craycraft became known for her ability to collect the draw controls, tallying 33 in conference competition. She and Prickett tied for fourth in conference with 3.67 per game.
Martinez wraps up Redlands' honorees with her consecutive Second-Team plaudit. As the primary patroller of the Bulldog cage, she racked up 73 saves in more than 548 minutes of action for a save percentage of .380. With 8.25 saves per conference game, she ranked second among the SCIAC goalkeepers, while her goals-against-average of 12.41 landed her third.
The Bulldogs (13-5, 5-4 SCIAC) finished third in the SCIAC after a heartbreaking triple overtime loss to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges during the conference tournament. Earlier this season, Redlands pushed eventual conference champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges to a late tie score, but the Bulldogs eventually fell by a score of 16-17.