COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Seven Maryland women’s lacrosse players were named Inside Lacrosse Media All-Americans, as announced on Friday.
Senior attacker Megan Whittle and junior defender Julia Braig both earned First Team honors, sophomore defender Lizzie Colson was placed on the Second Team, while junior midfielder Jen Giles, junior attacker Caroline Steele, junior goaltender Megan Taylor and sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn were named Honorable Mention.
This marks the second year of the IL Women All-Americans, which is done by a survey of more than 20 people who cover lacrosse regularly and are tasked with honoring the highest performers this spring.
Whittle was named to the Second Team in the inaugural awards last season. This year, the senior's First Team nod adds to her list of accolades, which includes being a Tewaaraton finalist, the Big Ten Attacker of the Year, the Big Ten Tournament MVP, an All-Big Ten honoree and a member of the IWLCA All-South Region First Team.
Braig too has accumulated a handful of honors this season after leading the Maryland defense which ranks ninth in the country, only allowing 9.40 goals per game. The junior was named the Big Ten Defender of the Year, an All-Big Ten honoree, an All-Big Ten Tournament team member and a IWLCA All-South Region First Team member, as well as being one of the 25 finalists for the Tewaaraton Award. Braig was named an IL Women All-American Honorable Mention last season.
Colson, who’s had a breakout sophomore season, earned Second Team Inside Lacrosse All-American honors. This season, Colson led the Big Ten with four Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards. The sophomore was also an All-Big Ten honoree, an All-Big Ten Tournament honoree and named to the IWLCA All-South Region First Team.
Giles earned Honorable Mention status for the second straight year. The junior this season has been named to the All-Big Ten team and the IWLCA All-South Region First Team.
Steele earned the IL All-American Honorable Mention nod for the first time. This season, Steele has earned All-Big Ten, All-Big Ten Tournament and IWLCA All-South Region First Team honors.
This is the second straight year earning Inside Lacrosse All-American honors for Taylor, after earning a second team nod last season. Taylor this season has been named the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, was on the Tewaaraton top-25 nominee list and was placed on the IWLCA All-South Region Second Team.
Hartshorn earned Honorable Mention honors for the second straight year. Maryland’s draw control leader, the sophomore this season has been named to both the All-Big Ten Tournament Team and the IWLCA All-South Region Second Team.