Redlands Women's Lacrosse Garners Eight All-SCIAC Honorees for Most in Program History
It was announced on Friday by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) that the University of Redlands women's lacrosse team collected eight All-SCIAC selections, as voted upon by the five sponsoring institutions. This marks the most All-Conference awards for the Maroon and Gray during the sport's three-year conference history.
En route to winning the program's first SCIAC championship, the Bulldogs earned a near-perfect 9-1 record to go along with a 15-1 overall mark. Redlands led the conference in multiple offensive categories, averaging 16.19 goals per contest while also dishing out 5.44 assists each game. The Bulldogs were just as successful defensively, allowing the least number of goals in conference competition at 9.01 per game.
Landing on the All-SCIAC First Team, senior midfielder Megan Prickett (Poway, CA), junior defender Katie Colasurdo (Eugene, OR), and senior goalkeeper Ana Martinez (Pleasanton, CA) garner their third honor, while junior attack player Crystal Painter (Lake George, NY) and sophomore midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Trabuco Canyon, CA) represent the Maroon and Gray for the second time in their careers. In addition, sophomore attack player KK McCaslin (Portland, OR) earns her inaugural award with this year's First-Team accolade.
Shoring up the Bulldog midfield, Prickett was instrumental in the Bulldogs' offensive success by starting in all 10 games during the SCIAC season. She led the team with 42 points in conference competition, scoring 28 goals and adding 14 assists. Her 1.40 assists per game tied her for second among all SCIAC players. She also tallied 17 draw controls and 16 ground balls to go along with seven caused turnovers.
Helping to lock down the defensive end of the field, Colasurdo started all 10 SCIAC games while leading her squad with 23 ground balls. She tied with teammates Prickett and Martinez for the top number of caused turnovers with seven in conference competition. In addition, she notched one goal and one assist against SCIAC opponents.
Tending the net for the Bulldogs, Martinez led the conference in save percentage with a .458 showing. Starting every SCIAC game for Redlands, she allowed only 97 goals for the least number among her counterparts by nearly 40. Martinez recorded an impressive 9-1 record between the pipes during 606 minutes of conference competition.
Painter played in every game for the SCIAC champion Bulldogs, proving to be instrumental in the team's attack. During conference games, she provided a solid effort with 18 goals and eight assists, which included two game-winning scores. In addition, she converted an impressive five of her seven free-position shots. Finally, Painter collected 36 draw controls to rank second on the team to go along with 21 ground balls and five caused turnovers in conference competition.
Craycraft served as a solid offensive catalyst for the Maroon and Gray during the 2012 conference championship run. She landed second on the squad with 30 points, which came off of 25 goals and five assists. This speedy midfielder led all Bulldogs with 41 draw controls in SCIAC competition, which ranked her fourth among all conference players. She also pulled in 22 ground balls to sit second on the team.
McCaslin helped to solidify the Bulldog attack, scoring 25 goals, including one game-winner, and dispersing three assists in eight conference games played. She registered an impressive on-goal shooting percentage of .861, which tops all regular starters on the squad. She also grabbed 28 draw controls and 10 ground balls for the Maroon and Gray.
Dewan played in all 10 conference matches, serving as one of Redlands' four 20+ goal-scorers, recording 24 netters and two game-winners. She also dished out one assist and boasts an on-goal shooting percentage of .829.
Haag was another reason why the Bulldog defense was so solid en route to its SCIAC-leading numbers. This senior captain competed in all 10 conference games, scooping up 13 ground balls and forcing six opponent turnovers. She also snagged one draw control for the Maroon and Gray.
With only five SCIAC schools sponsoring women's lacrosse, the conference does not gain an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. However, Redlands has high hopes of earning an at-large bid due to its 15-1 overall record and the 2012 SCIAC title. The selection show of the tournament field will be held on the evening of Sunday, May 6.