HIGH POINT, N.C. – Limestone College's Courtney Lafler was voted the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year. Notching a major award three-peat was University of Mount Olive, as the Trojans captured the Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year awards for the third straight season. Taking home Defensive Player of the Year was Sadie Michael, while teammate Meaghan Michaud was named the Freshman of the Year. In addition, Limestone's Scott Tucker was tabbed Coach of the Year, the Conference announced today.
New to the Conference Carolinas postseason award offering is the Elite 23 Award. The Elite 23 Award is modeled after the NCAA's Elite 90 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at their respective championship site. The inaugural winner for women's lacrosse is Limestone's Alyssa Voccia.
Lafler, a senior from Penn Yan, N.Y., has led the Limestone offense with 89 goals and 23 assists for 112 points. She not only broke the Limestone single-season record for total goals, she also broke the Limestone all-time career record and is the first women’s lacrosse player in Limestone’s history to record over 200 goals..
Michael, a senior from Sherwood Park, Ontario, leads UMO with 46 caused turnovers while she has broken the program record for caused turnovers (109). Michael also leads Mount Olive with 63 ground balls and sitting fifth in draw controls.
Michaud, a freshman from Derry, N.H.., is second on the team in goals (40) and points (54) on the season. Michaud has tallied 18 ground balls, three draw controls and four caused turnovers while taking 89 shots, 71 coming on goal for a 79.8 SOG %.
Coach Tucker led the Saints to a current 16-2 overall record and a perfect 10-0 league mark to earn the program’s 15th Conference Carolinas Regular Season title. Personally, he has been named Coach of the Year nine consecutive times and 13 overall.
Voccia, a senior computer system information technology, web development and database major from Greenacres, Fla., sports a cumulative 3.97 GPA. Voccia tallied 78 draw controls, 44 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers on the season.
All-Conference Carolinas First Team
A – Courtney Lafler, Limestone
A – Kylie Eastman, Belmont Abbey
A – Britannie Ouimet, Limestone
A – Jackie Kaderabek, Mount Olive
MF – Rachel Kellog, North Greenville
MF – Marin Felcosi, Belmont Abbey
MF – Julia Foster, Limestone
D – Sadie Michael, Mount Olive
D – Alyssa Voccia, Limestone
D – Rose Blackburn, Limestone
D – Marissa Laidley, Belmont Abbey
GK – Sydney Taylor, North Greenville
All-Conference Carolinas Second Team
A – Meaghan Michaud, Mount Olive
A – Kayli Ashenfelter, Barton
A – Jordan Shughrue, Mount Olive
A – Brenis Napoli, North Greenville
MF – Kiara Burke, Mount Olive
MF – Katie Schlagenhauf, Erskine
MF – Abby Hope, Limestone
D – Karlie Abbott, Mount Olive
D – Kaitlin Yenson, North Greenville
D – Alyssa Torres, Barton
D – Maren Lawrence, Limestone
GK – Katherine Mattena, Barton
All-Conference Carolinas Third Team
A – Angelina Scarpa, Barton
A – Sharlize Burgos, Converse
A – Rachel Denney, Limestone
A – Jenna Niedzwiedzki, Belmont Abbey
MF – Tiffany Lee, Mount Olive
MF – Rebecca Fraser, Barton
MF – Jillian Chiesa, North Greenville
D – Jairy Sandoval, Southern Wesleyan
D – Victoria Bailey, Converse
D – Kira Hearns, North Greenville
D – Sarah Schaefer, Belmont Abbey
GK – Kaeleigh McDaniel, Southern Wesleyan
Offensive Player of the Year
Courtney Lafler, Limestone
Defensive Player of the Year
Sadie Michael, Mount Olive
Freshman of the Year
Meaghan Michaud, Mount Olive
Coach of the Year
Scott Tucker, Limestone
Elite 23 Award
Alyssa Voccia, Limestone
Regular Season Women's Lacrosse Champion
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University.