" NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -
The 2010 BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship began a weekend of postseason action with a banquet announcing the league's all-conference teams and major award winners on at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J. Two of the four major award winners took home hardware for the second straight year as Syracuse senior Christina Dove was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and Georgetown head coach Ricky Fried was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year. Both earned similar accolades last season. Loyola junior Grace Gavin was tabbed the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, while Syracuse junior goalkeeper Liz Hogan was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. The league's all-conference teams also were announced and had five players earn unanimous first team accolades.
Dove was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year for the second straight season, becoming the first player in league history to win the award in back-to-back years. The senior leads the Orange with 93 points and 58 goals. Earlier this season against Louisville, Dove became Syracuse's career leader in goals. She also is the active Division I leader in career points and has registered a point in 56 consecutive games. In conference play, Dove ranked third in the BIG EAST with 38 points and 16 assists. She also ranks second in all games with 12 free-position goals.
Fried earned his second consecutive BIG EAST Coach of the Year honor in his sixth season with the Hoyas. He directed Georgetown to an 11-5 mark during the regular season, including a perfect 8-0 record in conference play, as the Hoyas won their ninth regular-season crown and earned the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship. It also was the seventh time in 10 years Georgetown has gone unbeaten in BIG EAST play. GU is riding a league-best eight-game winning streak. The Hoyas were ranked each week during the year, despite facing arguably the toughest schedule in the nation. Four of Georgetown's first six games were against teams ranked in the top six of the national polls. Overall, the Hoyas played eight ranked teams during the regular season.
Gavin was named the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year after totaling 82 points, including 62 goals and 20 assists. The junior also helped her team clinch its first berth to the BIG EAST Championship. In conference play, she had a league-best 46 points and tied for the conference lead with 34 goals. Gavin averaged 5.75 points per game in conference action, more than any other BIG EAST player. She also leads the league with five game-winning goals, including three in conference play. The junior has 15 free-position goals this year, tops of any BIG EAST player. Gavin scored at least two goals in every game this season. She is the first Loyola player to earn BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year honors and the program's first BIG EAST major award winner since Kate McHarg was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2006.
Hogan was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with a scant 8.44 goals against average. The junior goalkeeper allowed just 143 goals in over 1,000 minutes played. She tallied 1,016 minutes, more than any other player in the BIG EAST. She also leadsd the BIG EAST in save percentage posting a .531 mark. In conference play, her figures got even better as she lowered her goals against average to 7.01, and upped her save percentage to .616. Both of those numbers led the league as well. In 17 games, the SU defense held 11 opponents to 10 goals or less. Hogan totaled 40 ground balls on the year as well. She was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on April 19 and named to the honor roll three times. She is the second SU player to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors in the last three years, as current teammate Lindsay Rogers earned the honor in 2008.
The 2010 BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship is a four-team event taking place May 6 and 8 at Rutgers' Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. No 1 seed Georgetown (11-5, 8-0 BIG EAST) will take on No. 4 seed Loyola (11-6, 5-3 BIG EAST) at 5:30 p.m. on May 6 followed by No. 2 seed Notre Dame (11-5, 6-2 BIG EAST) against No. 3 seed Syracuse (12-5, 6-2 BIG EAST) at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET. The winners will face off for the league championship and an automatic berth into the 16-team NCAA Division I women's lacrosse championship on May 8 at 1 p.m. For the first time in the four-year history of the event, all three games will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network.
2010 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year
Grace Gavin, Loyola
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Liz Hogan, Syracuse, Goalkeeper
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Christina Dove, Syracuse
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Ricky Fried, Georgetown
All-BIG EAST First Team
Kelly Barnes, Georgetown, So., D
Shaylyn Blaney, Notre Dame, Jr., M
*Brooke Cantwell, Rutgers, Sr., A
Jackie Doherty, Notre Dame, Jr., D
*Christina Dove, Syracuse, Sr., M
Eileen Finn, Syracuse, Sr., D
Bergan Foley, Louisville, Jr., A
*Molly Ford, Georgetown, Sr., A
*Grace Gavin, Loyola, Jr., A
*Liz Hogan, Syracuse, Jr., GK
Ashby Kaestner, Georgetown, Sr., M
Logan McCraw, Georgetown, Jr., D
Gina Scioscia, Notre Dame, Sr., A
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Kailene Abt, Notre Dame, Jr., M
Emily Dashiell, Louisville, Jr., M
Cara Filippelli, Loyola, Jr., M
Caitlin Formby, Georgetown, Sr., GK (Second Team Goalkeeper)
Emily Gibson, Loyola, Sr., M
Rachel Guerrera, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Ana Heneberry, Loyola, So., D
Ashley King, Louisville, Sr., D
Jordy Kirr, Georgetown, Jr., A
Tee Ladouceur, Syracuse, Jr., A
Halley Quillinan, Syracuse, Sr., M
Abby Rehfuss, Loyola, Jr., M
Catherine Rodriguez, Syracuse, Jr., D
^ an extra member was added to both the First and Second teams due to ties in voting