April 20, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Maryland women's lacrosse team placed a league-best six players on the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team, announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Brittany Dipper, Katie Gallagher, Karri Ellen Johnson, Laura Merrifield, Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann all garnered honors for the undefeated Terps, who head into this weekend's ACC Championship as the top seed.
Johnson and Mollison are three-time honorees while Merrifield and Schwarzmann earned the nod for the second time in their careers.
Before being sidelined for last four games due to an injury, Johnson was an absolute force to be reckoned in the Terrapin attack, leading the league in goals per game. She boasts 39 in limited action in 2011 and ranks fourth all-time as only a junior in career goals at Maryland. The Annapolis, Md., native was tabbed ACC Offensive Player of the Week Feb. 28.
Mollison has also etched her name in the Terrapin record books this season, ranking third in career assists and eighth in career points in Maryland annals. One of four Tewaaraton nominees, Mollison has dished out a nation-best 40 assists in 2011 and is one of only two active players with 100 goals and 100 assists for her career.
Merrifield lands on the All-ACC list for the first time since her sophomore campaign. The senior from Hertfordshire, England, who was tabbed to the original Tewaaraton watch list, has tallied 27 goals in 10 matches while serving as a captain for the defending national champion Terps.
The reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, Schwarzmann was the lone underclassmen honored by the ACC. The midfielder from Sykesville, Md., snagged both ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week accolades as a sophomore and leads Maryland in goals (44), caused turnovers (19) and ground balls (29).
After being named to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team her first two seasons, Dipper garnered All-ACC honors for the first time in her three-year career. She leads the nation in goals against average and is boasting a .500 save percentage with 77 saves and 77 goals against. The Clarksboro, N.J., product is a Tewaaraton nominee and was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week March 4.
One of the most inspiring stories in women's lacrosse this season, Gallagher picked up an all-conference nod after a battle with Crohn's Disease left her on the sidelines last season. The leader of one of the best defenses in the nation, Gallagher has racked up six draw controls, nine caused turnovers and 13 ground balls for a defensive unit that is giving up 6.8 goals per game.
The top-seeded Terps will face either Boston College or Virginia Tech Friday at 5 p.m. in the ACC semifinals in Cary, N.C.