Lacrosse Showered with Awards

It usually takes many years for a program to win as many awards as Florida was given with Tuesday. The Gators lacrosse program, after going as high as No. 2 in national polls in its second season of existence, was honored with the conference Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and six All-Conference team members.

"It's an honor for our players because the American Lacrosse Conference is a strong conference with such amazing athletes," said Florida head coach Amanda O'Leary, who was named ALC Coach of the Year. "To even be considered on that list is quite an accomplishment, let alone have players named to it. The ALC has truly made a name for itself this year, having all teams ranked in the IWLCA top-20 at one point, and I think our conference has set a precedent for years to come."

Kitty Cullen was tabbed with ALC Player of the Years honors. The sophomore leads the nation in goals scored per game, averaging 4.25 this season. She has scored 68 goals this year, good for second overall in the country. She is also eighth in points with 74. She has scored six or more goals four times this season.

Cullen was joined on the ALC First Team by fellow sophomores Ashley Bruns and Sam Farrell. Bruns led the Gators with 23 assists while rankings second with 62 points and 39 goals. Her 3.88 points and 2.44 goals per game put her among the top 50 scorers in the country.

Farrell, a defender, led the Gators with 25 ground balls and seven turnovers. She was always matched against the opponent's top scorer and often held them to half of their scoring output.

Sophomores Janine Hillier, Haydon Judge and Mikey Meagher were all ALC Second Team selections.

Hillier filled up the stat sheet from her midfield position, recording 23 goals, 21 ground balls, 32 draw controls and a team-leading 16 caused turnovers. She recorded two hat tricks on the season and set new career highs in every category.

Judge joined Farrell to anchor the Florida defense. The Gators held 10 of 16 opponents to single-digit scoring, and Judge recorded five turnovers on the season.

Goalie of the Year honors went to Penn State's Dana Cahill, but Meagher selected to the Second Team. She led the ALC and ranked fifth in the nation in goals-against average at 7.85. She recorded three double-digit save performances this season, most importantly putting up ten saves against No. 2 Northwestern.

The six Florida members on All ALC teams were the most of any school in the conference.


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