May 29, 2009
The postseason accolades continue to pour in for the Maryland women's lacrosse team as five players were named US Lacrosse/IWLCA Regional First Team All-American, announced Thursday evening.
Juniors Caitlyn McFadden and Karissa Taylor, sophomores Sarah Mollison and Brandi Jones and freshman Karri Ellen Johnson all landed on the first team while sophomore Laura Merrifield racked up regional second team honors.
The first team honorees advanced to national voting where McFadden and Johnson were each tabbed to the first team. Mollison and Brandi Jones landed on the second team and Taylor earned third-team accolades.
McFadden, who was a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist this season, was the heart and soul of this year's Maryland youth-laden squad. The junior led the Terps with 86 points on 54 goals and 32 assists. The 2009 ACC Player of the Year tallied at least one goal in every game during Maryland's 21-game winning streak and recorded at least a point in every match in 2009.
Taylor captained a stingy Maryland defense that surrendered a mere 9.11 goals per game. She was second on the team with 31 ground balls and added 15 caused turnovers. The junior also contributed on the offensive side of things, registering ten goals and four assists while starting in all 22 games.
Mollison inked her name in the Terrapin record books after tallying 39 assists in 2009, the eighth-best single-season tally in Maryland history. The Australia-native also boasted 44 goals and had the third-most points on the squad this season.
Brandi Jones had a breakout season in 2009, starting in 21 games in the Maryland midfield. A solid two-way player, Jones racked up 28 goals and 32 assists in her sophomore campaign. She was also second on the team in draw controls with 41.
Johnson, who was tabbed ACC Rookie of the Year, had one of the finest freshman seasons in Maryland history in 2009. Her 74 goals rank third in Terrapin single-season history. Johnson had a flurry of multi-goal contests which concluded with a four-goal showing against the Tar Heels in the national semifinals.
Merrifield picks up her first All-America honor after boasting 46 goals in 2009. The sophomore from England also added 28 draw controls.
A banquet honoring the student-athletes will take place in King of Prussia, Pa. on Saturday, June 13. Players of the Year as well as the Scholar-Athletes and Community Service Award winners will be announced the same evening.