Five Chanticleers Honored as All-Conference Selections
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Five Coastal Carolina student-athletes have been named Big South all-conference honorees, the league announced Thursday afternoon.
Senior midfielder Charlotte O'Leary was honored as a first-team all-conference selection, senior attack Sara Nolan and senior defender Nyra Constant were named as second-team all-conference members, and sophomore midfielder Sophie Crowther was tabbed honorable mention all-conference.
Additionally, sophomore midfielder Gabby Vujanic has been named to the all-academic team.
O'Leary, a native of Holderness, N.H., started in 14 of the Chanticleers' 16 regular season games and is a key contributor both on offense and defense. She is tied for first on the team with 19 caused turnovers, and ranks second both in goals (34) and shots (58).
O'Leary is tied for first on Coastal with 29 ground balls, and ranks third both in points (36) and draw controls (29). On April 16, she tallied a game-high four goals in the Chants' 14-6 win over Longwood.
Nolan was named an all-conference selection for the first time in her career after putting together a stellar offensive effort in conference play. The Forest Hill, Md., native enjoyed a breakout season, tallying a career-high 41 goals.
Nolan - CCU's all-time leader in goals with 106 - leads the team with 51 points. She is also first on the team in shots (82) and draw controls (39).
Constant earned an all-conference honor for the second straight year, as she was named an at-large member of the second team in 2015. The iron horse of Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse, Constant has started in all 66 games during the program's four-year history. This season, the Gloucester, Mass., native recorded a career-high 29 ground balls to go along with 13 caused turnovers and nine draw controls, tying a career-high in the final category.
She turned in arguably her finest performance of the season on April 23, as she scooped five ground balls and caused two turnovers in Coastal's 20-8 win over Radford.
Crowther became another first-time all-conference selection as she was one of Coastal's top offensive options this season. The Whiteford, Md., native made an impact in all aspects of the game, causing 17 turnovers, winning 30 draw controls and tallying 33 points. She started in all 16 of the Chanticleers' regular season games. Crowther ranked third on the team in goals (24), and fifth in assists (9).
Lastly, Vujanic succeeded both on the field and academically. The Bel Air, Md., native was named to the all-academic team after posting a GPA of 4.0 and appearing in 14 of Coastal's 16 regular season games. During her 2016 campaign, she tallied five points, including two goals.
These five award winners, along with head coach Kristen Selvage and the rest of the Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse program, will host Liberty in the Big South quarterfinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. The Chanticleers are 2-3 all-time against the Flames, including an 11-10 overtime win on April 2.
Tickets for Saturday'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.
ATT Loren Day, Sr., Campbell
ATT Allie Foard, Sr., High Point
ATT Emily Meier, Sr., High Point
MF Shannon Gallagher, Sr., Winthrop
MF Sarah Butler, Sr., Longwood
MF Erica Perrotta, Soph., High Point
MF Katherine Judge, Soph., Winthrop
MF Kristina Renner, Sr., High Point
D Shiloh McKenzie, Sr., Longwood
D Christina Del Sesto, Jr., High Point
D Colleen Ekert, Sr., Liberty
GK Alaina Girani, Soph., Winthrop
AL Charlotte O'Leary, Sr., MF, Coastal Carolina
AL Callie Francis, Sr., MF, Liberty
AL Paige Jenkins, Jr., D, Winthrop
ATT Katie Clark, Soph., Winthrop
ATT Kayla Foster, Fr., Liberty
ATT Katie McHugh, Sr., Longwood
MF Amanda Steinmuller, Soph., Gardner-Webb
MF Kallie Britton, Sr., Liberty
MF Melissa Placek, Fr., Campbell
MF Brianna McCaffrey, Fr., Liberty
MF Leah Pace, Sr., High Point
D Erin O'Hara, Jr., Campbell
D Nyra Constant, Sr., Coastal Carolina
D Maura Talvacchia, Jr., Presbyterian College
GK Molly Andrews, Fr., High Point
AL Erica Hitch, Sr., ATT, Campbell
AL Sara Nolan, Sr., ATT, Coastal Carolina
AL Hayley Krause, Sr., D, Winthrop
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-CONFERENCE
ATT Alex Fusco, Soph., Gardner-Webb
ATT Kristen Shriver, Soph., Winthrop
MF Sophie Crowther, Soph., Coastal Carolina
D Monique Martin, Soph., Gardner-Webb
D Melanie Via, R-Jr., Liberty
Erica Hitch, Sr., ATT, Campbell
Gabby Vujanic, Soph., MF, Coastal Carolina
Cassidy McDowell, Soph., GK, Gardner-Webb
Samantha Brown, Jr., ATT, High Point
Kelly Belue, Sr., MF, Liberty
Sarah Butler, Sr., MF, Longwood
Katy Richardson, Sr., ATT, Presbyterian College
Emily Hoke, Sr., D, Radford
Logan McCarthy, Sr., MF, Winthrop
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Loren Day, Sr., ATT, Campbell
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shiloh McKenzie, Sr., D, Longwood
Alaina Girani, Soph., GK, Winthrop
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Kayla Foster, Fr., ATT, Liberty
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
John Sung, Winthrop
Lyndsey Boswell, High Point
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Erica Hitch, Sr., ATT, Campbell