MADISON, N.J. - The 2011 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region Teams featured eight players from Landmark institutions including five first-team selections.
The Catholic University of America and Drew University, the two teams that finished first and second in the Landmark respectively, each earned four selections to the All-Region Teams, which consists of 224 athletes from seven regions. Each region includes a first and second team.
Catholic captured three first-team honorees in the Cheseapeake Region with senior Becky Borrell, graduate student Kate Robinson, and junior Mary Swarthout being recognized. Drew had seniors Stacie Brown and Rachel Hanley earn first-team honors in the Boarwalk Region while senior Allison McCord and junior Sloane Coles were tabbed with second-team recognition. Catholic's Katie Buonpastore was the Cardinals' second-team representative. All five first-team choices will now be eligible to earn All-America honors from the IWLCA.
A three-time All-Landmark Conference selection, including two on the first team, Borrell has established herself as one of the top defenders in all of America. A two-time member of the All-Region Team, Borrell finished the 2011 season with 31 ground balls, 23 caused turnovers and 17 draw controls, as well as two assists. She caused four turnovers in three games, including the Cardinals second round NCAA Tournament contest vs. TCNJ. Borrell concluded her CUA career with 82 games played, including 66 starts, 143 ground balls, 93 caused turnovers, 14 goals and 7 assists.
Brown takes home All-Region honors for the fourth-straight season, becoming only the second player in Drew history to be recognized in all four years of her career. The senior racked up a team-high 46 goals and dished off a total 17 assists in 2011 and will go down as one of the most prolific scorers in Drew Women’s Lacrosse history. She finished her career in Madison ranked first all-time in draw controls (194), third in career goals (207), fourth in points (266), and sixth in assists (59).
Drew seniorsenior goalkeeper Hanley returns to the All-Region Squad after being named to the second team in 2009. This past season she led the Landmark Conference in goals against average and compiled a career-high 11 wins while being named a first-team All-Conference performer.
Robinson will go down as the best lacrosse player CUA has ever seen after earning her fourth straight All-Region selection. A two-time All-American, four-time All-Conference selection and two-time Landmark Conference Player of the Year, Robinson scored 46 goals this season and handed out 35 assists. She also won 49 draw controls, picked up 27 ground balls and caused 26 turnovers. Robinson finished her CUA career owning the school record for goals (268), points (383), draw controls (252) and caused turnovers (114).
Swarthout was nearly unstoppable for the Cardinals all season long. She led the team in goals (65), points (92), ground balls (52) and draw controls (57), while ranking second in caused turnovers (25) and third in assists (27). The Maryland native led the Landmark Conference in points and game-winning goals (4). A three-time Landmark Conference Player of the Week, Swarthout received First Team All-Conference recognition and was named the Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. She scored at least three goals 13 times. This is Swarthout's third straight selection to the All-Region Team.
A four-time All-Conference honoree, Buonpastore earns her first career selection to the All-Region Team. She was named conference Player of the Week on two occasions this year and wound up with 32 goals, a team-leading 38 assists, 24 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Buonpastore scored a 2011-best six goals in an overtime win vs. Rowan and for her career she appeared in 82 games with 66 starts, and scored 93 goals, handed out 130 assists and totaled 104 ground balls.
Coles was named to her third consecutive All-Region Second Team after her finest season in a Ranger uniform. The senior was a force in the middle of the field, leading the team in draw controls (47) and ground balls (39). She netted a career-high 31 goals, good for second on the team.
McCord rounded off the 2011 All-Region Second Team with her second selection of her career. The two-sport star has been a First Team All-Conference selection for three years and is the Rangers' top defender. She started 17 games for the blue and green and was second on the team in both ground balls and caused turnovers.
Story provided by Catholic & Drew Sports Information