Seven Redlands Women's Lacrosse Players Garner All-SCIAC Awards in First-Ever Opportunity
It was announced earlier today that seven women's lacrosse players from the University of Redlands landed on the inaugural All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams.
Junior midfielder Christy Smith (St. Louis Park, MN) and freshman defender Jennifer Bryant (Kennebunkport, ME) represented the Bulldogs on the First Team. Senior midfielder Haley Kern (Portland, OR), sophomore midfielder Megan Prickett (Poway, CA), freshman attack player Aimee Dewan (Alamo, CA), freshman defender Katie Colasurdo (Eugene, OR), and sophomore goalkeeper Ana Martinez (Pleasanton, CA) garnered Second-Team honors.
During 10 conference games, Smith led Redlands with 32 goals, including four free-position goals, and eight assists for 40 points. She exploded for six goals against Whittier College during the first-ever SCIAC Tournament on May 1. During the 2010 conference campaign, Smith took 60 shots for a solid shot percentage of .533. In addition, she corralled a team-leading 24 draw controls. She racked up 13 caused turnovers, which ranked first on the team, to go along with 20 ground balls.
Bryant solidified the Bulldog back line as a tenacious defender who started all 10 conference games. She posted 18 ground balls, 15 draw controls and nine caused turnovers against SCIAC opponents. She also enjoyed three break-away opportunities in which she took three shots.
Kern headlines the Second-Team performers as Redlands' second-leading scorer with 22 points, which came in the form of 18 goals and four assists. She competed in nine conference games and made a memorable impact, particularly in the team's SCIAC finale against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges by racking up five goals. She also provided the game-winning goal against Whittier on March 31. Overall, she added 12 draw controls and six ground balls during the first-ever conference season.
Gaining eight starts in nine conference games played, Prickett offered 15 goals and two assists for 17 points. She also tallied a solid shots-on-goal percentage of .886, which ranked third among the team's regular starters. She converted four free-position plays into scores while also contributing the second-most draw controls among the team with 23. In addition, she tallied the game-winning goal against Whittier on April 25. Against conference competition, she added 11 ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Dewan impressed as a rookie with her ability to score, finding the back of the net 12 times while connecting with her teammates for an assist on four occasions. She went 3-for-4 on free-position shots, tying teammate Colasurdo in this category. Her game-winner came on Feb. 24 in the team's opening SCIAC game against Occidental College. In nine starts during 10 games played, Dewan posted a .522 shot percentage to go along with an on-goal percentage of .913, which ranked second among the regular starters. She also provided 12 ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers against SCIAC teams.
In addition to her free-position success, Colasurdo provided 10 total goals and two assists for 12 points during 10 conference games. A starter in nine contests, she took only 14 shots for a team-leading shot percentage of .714. She also provided the most ground balls among the Bulldogs with 26 to go along with 20 draw controls. In addition, Colasurdo caused six opponent turnovers.
Serving as Redlands' final line of defense, Martinez competed as the team's starting goalkeeper in all but one conference game. In nearly 600 minutes of action, she made 81 saves en route to earning five wins between the pipes. She also recorded 13 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
This season was the first in which the Bulldog women's lacrosse team competed for a conference championship against four other SCIAC schools. Redlands finished second in the standings with a 6-4 record while earning an 11-8 overall mark in NCAA Division III action.