Seven Chanticleers Honored as All-Conference Selections
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team was widely recognized as the Big South announced its annual postseason awards on Monday afternoon. A total of seven Chanticleer student-athletes were named all-conference honorees, while junior defender Maddy Ciardi was voted by the league's coaches as the Big South Defensive Player of the Year.
Ciardi was also honored as a first-team all-conference selection and a member of the all-academic team. She was joined on the conference's first team by junior attack Keri White, who was named an at-large selection.
Additionally, freshman midfielder Haley Kyger was recognized as a second-team all-conference midfielder, while both senior attack Jen Cosgrove and junior midfielder Nyra Constant were named at-large members of the second team.
Rounding out the Chanticleer student-athletes recognized in this year's postseason awards are sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Stover and sophomore defender Karley Barreno, who were both named to the honorable mention all-conference team.
The seven Chanticleers honored across the postseason all-conference teams ties Liberty for the most student-athletes recognized on any Big South team this season.
Ciardi, who was recognized as the Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year after being named a second-team all-conference defender in each of the last two seasons, becomes the first Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse player to earn a player of the year award. The Montclair, N.J., native started in all 15 of the Chanticleers' regular season games and led the team with 21 caused turnovers, while also ranking second in ground balls (25) and fourth in draw controls (15), setting career highs in each statistical category. She also ranked eighth in the Big South with 1.86 caused turnovers per game during conference play. Additionally, her nine draw control against Gardner-Webb not only set a new career high, but also tied a single-game program record.
White was named an all-conference selection for the first time in her career after putting together a great offensive effort in conference play. After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, the Medford, N.J., native finished the season ranked second on the team in points (45), goals (32) and assists (13), while setting new career highs in points and goals. She ranked tied for fourth in the Big South in points per game (4.0) and fifth in goals per game (3.0) during conference play and poured in a career-high five goals against both High Point and Gardner-Webb. Her eight points against Gardner-Webb also set a single-game program record. Additionally, White ranked second on the team with 29 draw controls, while also tallying 14 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Kyger becomes only the second Chanticleer freshman to be named to an all-conference team, joining Ciardi in 2013. She appeared in all 15 regular season games for Coastal Carolina and earned starts in each of the last 13. Offensively, the Edgewood, Md., native totaled 12 points on eight goals and four assists. Defensively, she made her presence known as she ranked second on the team with 13 caused turnovers and third with 24 ground balls and 19 draw controls. Additionally, her 24 ground balls rank third all-time among Chanticleer freshman field players, while her 13 caused turnovers are tied for third and 19 draw controls are good for fifth. Her seven ground balls in the season finale at Campbell set a new single-game program record.
Cosgrove overcame an injury-ridden 2014 season to become one of the Chanticleers' best offensive options this season. She started in all 15 regular season games and not only led the team in points (46) and goals (37), but also set new single-season records in the categories. The Stevensville, Md., native saved her best for last as she finished the season with back-to-back career-best performances, scoring six goals with one assist vs. Presbyterian and following it with a career-high seven goals and one assist at Campbell. Her eight point and seven goals in the regular season finale matched single-game program records, and Cosgrove was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Week for her performance. Additionally, her 2.57 goals per game against Big South opponents rank 10th in the conference.
Constant became another first-time, all-conference selection as she helped anchor the back-end of the Chanticleers' defense. The iron horse of Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse, Constant has started in all 48 games during the program's three year history. This season, the Gloucester, Mass., native recorded 17 ground balls to go along with eight caused turnovers and seven draw controls, tying a career-high in the final category. She turned in arguably her best performance of the season vs. Presbyterian with three ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover.
Stover spent all but 60 minutes of a possible 900 minutes played this season as the backstop of Coastal Carolina's defense, which ranked second in the Big South in goals against average (9.47). Individually, she ranked third in the conference in both goals against average (9.93) and save percentage (.457). The Lansdale, Pa., native tallied 117 saves this season, six shy of the single-season program record, including a career-high 13 saves at Winthrop. She also led the team with 38 ground balls, good for a single-season program record, and ranked tied for fourth in the conference with 2.71 ground balls per game during conference play.
Lastly, Barreno also played a key role on the Chanticleers' defense that ranked near the top of the league. After appearing in 14 games last season but not garnering a start, the Norwalk, Conn., native started in all 15 of Coastal Carolina's regular season games in 2015. She recorded career-highs in every major defensive category with 20 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers and 10 draw controls and ranked fourth, third and sixth on the team in the respective categories. Additionally, Barreno set single-game career highs with four ground balls at Liberty, two draw controls in four separate games and three caused turnovers vs. Jacksonville.
These seven award winners, along with head coach Jaime Sellers and the rest of the Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse program, will host Campbell in the Big South quarterfinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the CCU Soccer Stadium. The Chanticleers are 3-0 all-time against the Camels, including a 17-14 win in Buies Creek, N.C. in the regular season finale last Friday.
Tickets for Tuesday's contest will be available at the south ticket office at Brooks Stadium. Adults will be admitted for $5 per ticket, Coastal Carolina faculty and staff for $4 and college students and younger for $3. Additionally, any member of the CCU student-body with a valid student ID will be admitted for free, courtesy of Coastal Carolina University.