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Voorhees and Lanuza Unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST Selections

May 3, 2017

BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK – Wrapping up the regular season in style, the University of Denver women’s lacrosse program had four prominent members selected to the All-BIG EAST teams in a release from the conference office on Wednesday.

Senior Layne Voorhees (Alexandria, Va.) and sophomore Kendra Lanuza (Littleton, Colo.) were unanimous selections to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while senior Maddy Stevenson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and sophomore Elizabeth Behrins (Basking Ridge, N.J.) earned spots on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.

Voorhees anchored the defensive half of the field that allowed a conference-low 7.88 goals against average over the course of the regular season, which was also good for fifth in the NCAA. The senior captain led the BIG EAST with 39 caused turnovers at 2.44 per game and recently garnered her third Defensive Player of the Week award after tying the school single-game record with eight in the 17-0 shutout over Cincinnati.

Lanuza directed the offense with efficiency over the course of the season, leading the conference in assists and assists per game at 37 and 2.31, respectively. The sophomore had plenty of opportunities on the attack as she ended with 30 goals for 67 total points over the season, fifth in the BIG EAST, and took home Midfielder of the Week and Attacker of the Week awards during the season.


 

 

Stevenson was the backstop for the stringent Denver defense, accumulating an 8.03 GAA for the top mark in conference and posting a .462 save percentage, second only to BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Haley Hicklen from Florida. The senior captain made a career-best 16 saves in a 10-7 win over then-No. 12/12 Stanford on Feb. 12 and needed only one save to preserve the 17-0 shutout over Cincinnati last week.

Rounding out the quartet, Behrins was the primary target on the offensive half through the majority of the season as she buried 42 goals during the year at 2.63 per game, both seventh-best in conference. The sophomore took home a pair of BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week awards and was nationally recognized as the IWLCA Fast Break Offensive Player of the Week for her eight-point performance in a 16-11 win over Connecticut on Apr. 2.

The awards are the first of their careers for Stevenson, Lanuza and Behrins, while Voorhees has made the All-Conference team every year in the Crimson and Gold. The senior defender was a Second Team All-MPSF selection as a freshman and was a two-time First Team All-MPSF member as a sophomore and junior prior to Denver’s transition to the BIG EAST for 2017.

The Pioneers punched a ticket to the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament as the third seed and will face Georgetown on Thursday, May 4, with opening draw set for 5 p.m. MT. The contest will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network and tickets can be purchased here.

All-BIG EAST First Team^

Julie Blaze, Vanderbilt, So., M

Taylor Bresnahan, Florida, Sr., D

Sammi Burgess, Florida, Sr., A

Caroline Fitzgerald, Florida, Sr., D*

Grace Gabriel, Marquette, So., M*

Morgan Glassford, Temple, Sr., M

Haley Hicklen, Florida, So., GK

Kendra Lanuza, Denver, So., A*

Brenda McDermott, Temple, Sr., A

Grace Nolan, Connecticut, Jr., A

Sydney Pirreca, Florida, So., M*

Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida, So., A

Morgan Ryan, Georgetown, So., A

Julianna Shearer, Marquette, Sr., A

Mollie Stevens, Florida, Sr., A*

Layne Voorhees, Denver, Sr., D*

Francesca Whitehurst, Georgetown, So., M*

All-BIG EAST Second Team^

Elizabeth Behrins, Denver, So., A

Monica Borzillo, Cincinnati, Fr., A

Katie Comerford, Villanova, Fr., A

Jill Doherty, Vanderbilt, Sr., A

Amanda Donovan, Cincinnati, So., M

Taylor Gebhardt, Georgetown, So., A

Brianna Harris, Florida, Fr, M

Jacqueline Jordan, Connecticut, Sr., A

Allison Lane, Marquette, Jr., M

Nicole Latgis, Temple, Jr., D

Allie Pavinelli, Florida, Jr., M

Shayna Pirreca, Florida, Jr., A

Sam Scarfogliero, Villanova, Sr., D

Jenny Schwalje, Georgetown, Sr., D

Hannah Seibel, Georgetown, Jr., M

Maddy Stevenson, Denver, Sr., GK

*unanimous selection

^extra players added due to a tie in voting

BIG EAST Attacker of the Year

Mollie Stevens, Florida, Sr., A

BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year

Francesca Whitehurst, Georgetown, So., M

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Caroline Fitzgerald, Florida, Sr., D

BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year

Haley Hicklen, Florida, So., GK

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year

Katie Comerford, Villanova, Fr., A

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year

Florida

For the complete BIG EAST release, click here.

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