Providence, R.I. ? Second-ranked Georgetown University posted top BIG EAST honors for the second consecutive year. Senior All-American Erin Elbe (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) earned Attack Player of the Year, while Hoya Head Coach Kim Simons earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the second season. In addition, Elbe, Melissa Biles (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen?s and St. Agnes) and Gloria Lozano (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickly Academy) were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, with Elbe and Lozano earning unanimous selections. Junior midfielder Liz Ryan (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) and attacker Wick Stanwick (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) were tapped to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. GU and Notre Dame lead the All-BIG EAST selections with five overall and three first-team members each. Syracuse had four overall selections and placed two on the first team.
With a second consecutive undefeated season in league play, Georgetown won its second BIG EAST Women?s Lacrosse Championship and the league?s automatic bid to the 2002 NCAA Division I Tournament. The No 1 seeded Hoyas will host Patriot League Champion Lafayette in first round action on Thursday, May 9, at 4:00 p.m. on Kehoe Field.
Erin Elbe, a three-time All-American, led the Hoyas in scoring with 67 points (48 goals, 19 assists) in addition to being the league?s leading scorer in conference play (27 points). The Garden City, N.Y. native was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week three times and through games as of April 28, is ranked ninth nationally in points per game (4.47) and sixth in goals per game.
A BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week selection, Biles anchors the Hoya defensive unit. Consistently matched up against the opposition?s top midfielder, she has caused 20 turnovers and collected 39 groundballs this season. She also tallied one assist and grabbed 14 draw controls.
Lozano has been a solid presence for the Hoyas at the midfield position all season. She is ranked first on the squad this season in draw controls (50), nabbing the Pittsburgh, Pa. native the second place position on GU?s All-Time Leaders list for draws in a single season. Lozano is also ranked fourth in scoring, earning 38 points off of 26 goals and 12 assists and second in groundballs (46).
An integral part to all aspects of the Hoyas? game, Ryan has led the GU team in assists this season (24) and is ranked third in points (39). She is tied for first in groundballs (55) and has grabbed 21 draws, second only to Lozano. The midfielder has also tallied 15 goals.
A two-time BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week selection, Stanwick helped lead the Hoyas to an 8-0 start this season. Currently ranked second on the team in points (55), she has tallied 37 goals and 18 assists. In the Hoyas? 8-7 win over Duke, Stanwick?s late goal broke the 7-7 tie and proved to be the game-winner.
This season will mark Georgetown?s fifth-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament under seventh-year Head Coach Kim Simons. Simons guided the Hoyas to their first No. 1 national ranking (March 19, March 26 and April 1) and owns an 84-33 (.718) career mark. Georgetown put the finishing touches on an outstanding 2002 regular season on Saturday, April 27, with a 10-4 victory over Connecticut. The 14 victories tie the GU record for most wins in a single season.
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