May 27, 2012
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team had a pair of student-athletes named First Team All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, as announced by the IWLCA on Sunday night.
Senior Kellye Gallagher and sophomore Marlee Paton earned All-America honors on defense and in the midfield, respectively. The duo becomes Loyola's first pair of first-team All-Americans since Suzanne Eyler and Marianne Gioffre earned the national honor in 2003.
Gallagher - the first player in program history to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors - is earning her first All-America honor by the IWLCA, and her second of the season. A two-time all-region honoree, including a first-team selection this year, Gallager was named the WomensLax.com Defender of the Year and was also named to the organizations All-America team earlier this week.
A two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and an all-tournament team selection this season, Gallagher led the league in both caused turnovers and ground balls per game, while she also ranked second nationally with 2.70 caused turnovers per game and fifth with 3.25 ground balls per game.
The Ridley, Pa., native also broke Loyola's single-season record for caused turnovers, racking up 54 this year, and ranks second in the program's career records with 125.
Paton joined Gallagher on the WomensLax.com All-America team and is garnering her first national honor by the IWLCA. An All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree for the second-straight year, Paton was voted the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year after ranking third in the BIG EAST, and 13th nationally, with 4.50 points per game.
The Seaholme, Australia native led Loyola with 54 goals, 36 assists and 90 points, marking the second-best single-season point total in Loyola history. She was also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and earned two of the league's offensive player of the week honors this year.
Loyola wrapped up the year with a 14-6 record, including a school record 7-1 mark in BIG EAST play. The Greyhounds won the BIG EAST title for the second year in a row and earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championships for a second-consecutive season. In first round action, Loyola topped Penn, 10-9, in overtime, before falling at No. 3 Maryland, 17-11, in the quarterfinals.