Wilmington Leads with Seven on 2012 All-CACC Women’s Lacrosse Teams; Trainer Wins Coach of the Year Award
Monday, April 30, 2012 - New Haven, Conn.
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The 2012 women's lacrosse team had seven players named to the All-CACC teams
First year head coach Jackie Trainer (far right) was named the 2012 CACC Coach of the Year
In her first season at the helm of the Wilmington University women’s lacrosse bench, head coach Jackie Trainer has been named the 2012 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year, leading seven Wildcats who earned All-CACC honors, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
In addition to Trainer winning the CACC Coach of the Year award, Kaitlyn Hall (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), Jess Graybeal (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace) and Liz Case (Perry Hall, Md./Mercy) earned First Team All-CACC status while Jaclyn Hall (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) and Rebecca Guethler (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) were named to the All-CACC Second Team. Defenders Allison Kern (Middletown, Del./Middletown) and Brittany Rhodes (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech) were named to the All-CACC Honorable mention squad as well.
Trainer guided Wilmington to a berth in the 2012 CACC Lacrosse Tournament, which begins play on Saturday, May 5 at Georgian Court University, following a regular season which saw the Wildcats post a 9-7 overall mark and a 6-6 record vs. CACC foes. Trainer is in her first season as the head coach at Wilmington and took over for a program that finished 4-11 overall and 3-9 in the CACC in 2011.
Under her watch in her first season, Trainer has the Wildcats with the 14th most caused turnovers per game (9.94) in NCAA Division II and both 21st in scoring offense (14.38) and scoring margin (2.31). Wilmington is first in ground balls and caused turnovers in the CACC and second in goals-against average.
Kaitlyn Hall finished the regular season in the top three of all the major goaltending categories in the CACC. She finished second in goals against (186) and goals-against average (12.12) while placing third in the saves (150) and save percentage (44.6). Hall had a season high 23 saves in the team’s win over Holy Family on March 20, the only loss for the Tigers in the CACC regular season. She’s posted 10 or more saves in eight of her 16 games played. It is the first time the junior transfer has been named to an All-CACC team.
Graybeal has been named to an all-conference team for the third straight season, second consecutive year being named on the All-CACC First Team as a defender. She started in all 16 games this season, scoring 12 goals and added five assists for 17 points. Graybeal finished third on the team in groundballs (30) and has 15 draw controls, and 12 caused turnovers while typically defending the opposition’s best attacker.
Case led the team with 34 goals, 29 assists and 63 points, earning first team honors for the first time in her career. She was named to the 2011 Second Team All-CACC as a sophomore last season. Case was second in the CACC in assists while finishing 15th in goals and seventh in points. She tallied a career high six goals twice this year, fist against West Virginia Wesleyan and again against Chestnut Hill. Case tallied a career best nine points against Philadelphia on March 29.
Jaclyn Hall earned second team honors after transferring in with her sister, Kaitlyn, from Harford Community College prior to this year. She led the team in draw controls (35) and finished 12th in the CACC in the same category. She also scored 23 goals and added six assists for a team second best 29 points. Hall recorded four hat tricks this season with a career best four goals against Georgian Court on April 3. She also added an assist for a season’s best five points in that game, contributing a season’s best eight draw controls as well.
Guethler was third on the team with 22 goals, adding four assists for 26 points. The senior was fifth on the team in ground balls (25) and third in draw controls (24). Guethler tallied a season high four goals at Chestnut Hill on April 25 while also scoring a hat trick at Post on March 17. She scored in 12 of the team’s 16 games this season. In the regular season finale, she also posted a season’s best five draws, adding four ground balls. It is the first time in her career that she was named to an All-CACC squad.
Kern started in all 16 games on defense for the Wildcats, finishing fifth in the CACC with 17 caused turnovers. She also was 13th in the conference with 29 ground balls while finishing fourth on the Wildcats. She tallied one assist on the season, dishing one out at Wheeling Jesuit in the second game of the year. Kern collected a season high five ground balls against Post and caused three turnovers in three separate games on the year. It is the first time in her career the sophomore has been named to any All-CACC team
Rhodes also started all 16 games for the Wildcats, leading the team with 36 groundballs and 18 caused turnovers. She finished fourth in the CACC in causing turnovers on defense while placing sixth in ground balls. She also scored four goals and added an assist for the Wildcats, scoring a season high two goals against Dominican in the must-win game on April 21. Rhodes had a season high seven ground balls and four caused turnovers on April 14 against Post.
Wilmington leads the teams with seven individuals on all three teams, followed by Georgian Court (6) and Holy Family (5). Dominican and Philadelphia each had four student-athletes named to the All-CACC teams.
Trainer was joined by Holy Family’s Stephanie McNesby and Dominican’s Allison Smithwick as the major award winners, as McNesby earned the 2012 CACC Player of the Year award and Smithwick was named the 2012 CACC Rookie of the Year. Georgian Court was voted as the 2012 CACC Women’s Lacrosse Sportsmanship team of the year.
The CACC Tournament begins on Saturday, May 5 with No. 1 Holy Family taking on No. 4 Wilmington at 1 p.m. No. 2 Georgian Court Hosts No. 3 Philadelphia at 3 p.m. in the other semifinal. The championship is set for Sunday at 12:00 p.m. The entire CACC Tournament is being hosted by Georgian Court in Lakewood, N.J.
2012 All-CACC Women’s Lacrosse First Team
GK – Kaitlyn Hall, Jr., Wilmington University
D – Jessica Graybeal, Sr., Wilmington University
D – Mary Lynn Hankins, Sr., Georgian Court University
D – Michelle Fiorvanti, Jr., Dominican College
A – Emily Ray, So., Philadelphia University
A – Taylor Peltzer, Sr., Philadelphia University
A – Liz Case, Jr., Wilmington University
M – Corrine Coyle, Jr., Georgian Court University
M – Stephanie McNesby, Jr., Holy Family University
M – Caribeth Shappell, Sr., Philadelphia University
M – Stephanie Gallo, So., Georgian Court University
M – KC Jentzen, So., Dominican College
2012 All-CACC Women’s Lacrosse Second Team
GK – Melissa Jenkins, Sr., Holy Family University
GK – Amanda Cathcart, Fr., Georgian Court University
D – Olivia Antonopoulos, So., Dominican College
D – Andrea Saracco, Sr., Philadelphia University
D – Marissa Lawson, So., Holy Family University
A – Olivia Rotunno, Jr., Georgian Court University
A – Gina Mansi, Sr., Holy Family University
A – Nicole Covella, Jr., Chestnut Hill College
M – Jaclyn Hall, Jr., Wilmington University
M –Mallorie Michalak, Gr., Post University
M – Molly McCourt, So., Georgian Court University
M – Rebecca Guethler, Sr., Wilmington University
M – Brianne Timony, Jr., Chestnut Hill College
Honorable Mention: Aubree Williams (Dominican College), Allison Kern (Wilmington University), Brittany Rhodes (Wilmington University), Brianna Lancetta (Holy Family University).
2012 CACC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year: Stephanie McNesby, Jr., Holy Family University
2012 CACC Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year: Allison Smithwick, Fr., Dominican University
2012 CACC Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Jackie Trainer, Wilmington University
2012 Women’s Lacrosse Team Sportsmanship Award: Georgian Court University