Aug. 23, 2012
BALTIMORE - Two members of the 2012 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team – Kellye Gallagher and Ana Heneberry – have been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Academic Honor Roll, as announced by the organization.
The IWLCA honored 173 student-athletes from 56 different institutions with inclusion on this year’s list. All student-athletes were nominated by their schools and have achieved at least junior status academically. Among the 173 student-athletes, 27 were members of teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including Loyola’s two representatives.
Gallagher, a speech pathology major, and Heneberry, a communications major, graduated this spring as two of the most dynamic defenders in Loyola women’s lacrosse history. The duo ranked in the top three of the program’s career caused turnovers records and led the team back to the national spotlight with back-to-back BIG EAST Championships and two-straight appearances in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
In addition, they anchored a defense that ranked second nationally in caused turnovers per game (10.95) and fifth in ground balls per game (19.10) in 2012. Individually, they both ranked in the top-12 nationally in caused turnovers per game.
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.
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.
Heneberry, a 2011 IWLCA second-team All-American, concluded her career as a three-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree. Loyola’s top mark-up defender, Heneberry ranked second in the BIG EAST with 1.90 caused turnovers per game this season and finished her career ranked third on Loyola’s all-time list with 122.
A first-team All-BIG EAST selection this year, the Timonium, Md., native was also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and was the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on April 2. Midway through the season, she became the second player in program history to record over 100 career caused turnovers and 100 career ground balls. She concluded her career ranked third on Loyola’s all-time program record for caused turnovers with 121.