Florida lacrosse sweeps conference Player and Coach of the Year honors
The second-year Florida lacrosse team picked up postseason honors today in the American Lacrosse Conference for six individuals, including the league's top two awards.
Gators head coach Amanda O'Leary was voted Coach of the Year, and Gator Kitty Cullen was named the ALC Player of the Year. Cullen leads the nation in goals scored per game.
Florida, the top seed in the 2011 ALC tournament which begins this week, led all schools with six selections - three on the first team: Cullen, sophomore attacker Ashley Bruns and sophomore defender Sam Farrell. Janine Hillier, Haydon Judge and goalie Mikey Meagher were named to the second team.
Florida had 14 consecutive wins this season, an 11-0 home season and an undefeated ALC regular season championship.
“It’s an honor for our players because the American Lacrosse Conference is a strong conference with such amazing athletes,” O’Leary said. “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.”
Northwestern, the reigning champion, led all teams with four first-team honorees. Johns Hopkins, Penn State and Ohio State each were recognized with four student-athletes between the two teams, while Vanderbilt claimed two honorees.
Northwestern freshman Alyssa Leonard, who leads the conference and ranks in the top-10 nationally in draw controls, was named the Rookie of the Year and Dana Cahill from Penn State was named the Goalie of the Year.