LANCASTER, Pa. -- The IWLCA announced the honorees for Players of the Year as 12 student-athletes received recognition at the annual All-American banquet tonight (June 13), held this year in King of Prussia, Pa. at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge. Eight schools had student-athletes named as the top player for their respective positions by the organization, including C. W. Post, Franklin & Marshall, North Carolina, Salisbury, each of which had two student-athletes so honored.
In Division III, Franklin & Marshall and Salisbury both claimed two student-athletes as National Players of the Year. Franklin & Marshall's Shannon Summers was named the Midfielder of the Year. Summers' final campaign marked the second 100-point season (104) on record at Franklin & Marshall, falling two points shy of the school record. Summers dished out 65 assists this season to move to the top of the career chart in the category (150). During the 2009 campaign, Summers rolled up seven or more points six times, including a stretch of four in five games.
Teammate Jen Pritchard, the 2009 NCAA Tournament MVP, was named the Attacker of the Year. She ends her career having scored in the final 69 games of her career, an NCAA record. Pritchard scored in 83 of her 84 career games, twitching the twine 268 times, 47 more times than the previous record holder at F&M. She wrapped her career with 320 total points, resetting that school record as well. Pritchard holds the NCAA record for career goals in the tournament (53) and in a single tournament (19 in 2007).This honor marks the second time in her career that she has been named the IWLCA Attacker of the Year. She was previously awarded the distinction in 2007.
Salisbury's Sonja Stuart was named the C. Markland Kelly Goalkeeper of the Year. Stuart logged 1,163 minutes in goal and finished with a record of 19-2. The senior made 141 saves, scooped up a team-high 48 ground balls, and finished with a goals against average of 7.94 per game which ranked seventh in the nation. Her career record for SU is 45-4, good for a .920 winning percentage. Her teammate Sarah McKinley was tabbed as the Defender of the Year. McKinley collected first-team All-American honors for the first time in her two years on the Sea Gull roster. The Timonium, Md., native was a key contributor on defense for the Sea Gulls as they were the sixth best scoring defense in the nation.
In Division II, Caitlin Fitzpatrick of Adelphi was recognized as the C. Markland Kelly Goalkeeper of the Year. The ECC Goalie of the Year, Fitzpatrick played in all 18 games and got the start in 17. She led the team in saves (112), save percentage (.665), shots faced (236) and time guarding the net (736:48) in the regular season. Fitzpatrick had a season and team best 14 saves against Merrimack and 11 ground balls against Dowling (4/11) and was named the ECC Goalie of the Week nine times. Katie Zichelli of Lock Haven, the 2009 Defender of the Year, helped the Lady Eagles win the PSAC Tournament and advance to their first-ever NCAA final. Zichelli was a huge reason behind the success for The Haven this season, as she was a game-changer on the defensive side of the ball in every game for the Lady Eagles. She had 97 ground balls and caused 51 turnovers, with both of those numbers leading the nation in their respective category. Zichelli also chipped in offensively with two goals and recorded 39 draw controls.
Teammates Katie Hogan and Jaclyn Napoli from C. W. Post were named the Midfielder and Attacker of the Year, respectively. Hogan, a three-time IWLCA All-North Region first team selection, was the second-leading goal scorer on the Pioneers with 63 scores and 18 assists. The senior also led the team with 74 draw controls, 28 caused turnovers and was second with 36 ground balls. Napoli scored 60+goals for the second straight season as she led the Pioneers and also broke the single-season record with 67 goals. The senior attacker, making her second appearance on the IWLCA All-North Region first team, finished third with 25 assists for a total of 92 points.
In Division I, Logan Ripley from North Carolina was honored as the C. Markland Kelly Goalkeeper of the Year, the first time Ripley has been named as an All-American. In her first season as a starter, Ripley was named first-team All-ACC this spring after leading the conference in goals allowed per game. She logged nearly every minute of every game in the cage for UNC in 2009, leading one of the nation's top defenses to the NCAA championship game. Her teammate Amber Falcone, a member of the US World Cup team currently competing in the 2009 FIL World Cup in the Czech Republic, is the 2009 Defender of the Year. The first player in UNC history to earn All-America honors four times, Falcone is also a three-time All-ACC selection who was a finalist for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy and the 2009 Lacrosse Honda Sports Award. She leaves Carolina as the school's career leader in games played and games started. She started 65 consecutive games, leading the Tar Heels to the national championship game for the first time in program history in 2009. The Midfielder of the Year, Caitlyn McFadden from Maryland, is a teammate of Falcone's on the USA World Cup team. 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.
Interestingly, McFadden and Falcone will face the 2009 Attacker
of the Year, Hannah Nielsen, in the World Cup. Nielsen, the
reigning Tewaaraton Trophy recipient for the second year in a row,
owns every assist record in Division I - assists in a game, a
season, and in a career. She also owns the career and single-season
record for assists in the NCAA Tournament after helping the
Northwestern Wildcats win their fifth consecutive national
championship. Nielsen, a two-time World Cup team member from
Australia, lost three games during her collegiate career and never
lost in the post-season.
2009 IWLCA Players of the Year
C. Markland Kelly Goalkeeper of the Year: Sonja Stuart, Salisbury
Defender: Sarah McKinley, Salisbury
Midfielder: Shannon Summers, Franklin & Marshall
Attacker: Jen Pritchard, Franklin & Marshall
C. Markland Kelly Goalkeeper of the Year: Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Adelphi
Defender: Kate Zichelli, Lock Haven
Midfielder: Katie Hogan, C. W. Post
Attacker: Jaclyn Napoli, C. W. Post
C. Markland Kelly Goalkeeper of the Year: Logan Ripley, North Carolina
Defender: Amber Falcone, North Carolina
Midfielder: Caitlyn McFadden, Maryland
Attacker: Hannah Nielsen, Northwestern