May 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - Three Georgetown University women's lacrosse student-athletes received All-South Region honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association on Thursday. Senior Kelly Barnes (St. David's, Pa./Radnor) and juniors Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) and Ashley Hunter (Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) were honored by the organization which recognized 128 total Division I student-athletes.
Barnes and Thomas were All-South Region First Team honorees, while Hunter earned a spot on the All-South Region Second Team.
Barnes was named First Team All-BIG EAST and to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team. The two-year co-captain led the squad in ground balls with 43 and ranks third on the team in caused turnovers forcing 22. She was the leader of the defense and started all 17 games this past season for the Blue & Gray. Barnes earned a nod to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in 2012.
Barnes has earned two all-region awards which this being her first nod to the first team. This year marked her third selection to the all-conference squad and the second to the first team as well.
Thomas earned her second nod to the All-BIG EAST First Team and second all-region honor. She led the squad in scoring with a team-best 38 goals along with eight assists for 46 points. The midfielder had three game winning goals and hit three free position shots. Earlier this past year, Thomas was named a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and was named to the weekly honor roll.
Last year, Thomas was a Third Team All-American.
Hunter received a spot on the second team after a solid campaign. She started all 17 games on defense and ranked second in caused turnovers with 24 as well as second in ground balls picking up 26. Hunter earned two BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll awards and was named Second Team All-BIG EAST. This is her first all-region award.
Georgetown finished the season with a record of 9-8 overall and a mark of 5-3 in BIG EAST Conference play. The Hoyas lose five seniors, including Barnes, next season but return their top six scorers.
The BIG EAST had 26 student-athletes represented spread out among seven institutions.
IWLCA All-Region honorees are considered for the organization's All-American awards.