Ellers, Lozano and Oliphant Earn National Women’s Lacrosse All-America Honors
WASHINGTON, DC – Three Georgetown University women’s lacrosse players have earned National All-America honors as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and USLacrosse. Senior defensive midfielder Michi Ellers (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) was named to the All-America First Team, while senior midfielder Gloria Lozano (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickley) was selected to the Second Team. Junior attacker Sarah Oliphant (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) garnered Third Team accolades.
Ellers earns First Team All-America honors for the second-consecutive year. The two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year (2003 and 2004), is one of five finalists for the 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the top collegiate player in the nation. A 2004 All-Region First Team member, she led the country in caused turnovers for the second year in a row this season with a 3.66 per game average and is Georgetown’s all-time leader in the category with a total of 204. Ellers also ranks fourth in career ground balls on the Hilltop with 216. The midfielder earned a record five BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors this season and was a unanimous selection for the All-BIG EAST First Team. In addition to leading Georgetown in caused turnovers this season (66), Ellers also led the Hoyas in ground balls (55) and was second on the squad in draw controls (37). Ellers posted 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points.
Lozano, selected to the All-Region First Team earlier in the week, picks up All-America Second Team honors for the second year in a row. She was ranked in the top three in the country all season long in draw controls and ranks third in the latest NCAA Division I Statistical Leaders List in draws with a 3.24 per game average. She topped the list in 2003 with an average of 4.76 per game. Lozano’s stats for the 2004 season include 57 draw controls, a team best, 27 goals, seven assists, 34 points, 32 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. She holds the GU all-time career record for draw controls (223) and is ranked 10th in ground balls (171) and 11th in points (126). Lozano was named to the 2003 All-BIG EAST First Team.
Oliphant enjoyed a terrific junior season in 2004. A 2004 All-Region Second Team selection, she led the Hoyas in scoring with 52 points on the strength of 32 goals and 20 assists, and was fourth on the squad in ground balls with 46. Oliphant picked up BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors twice during the year and was tapped for the All-BIG EAST First Team. One of her best performances came against BIG EAST opponent Virginia Tech. She helped lead the Hoyas to a 16-7 victory with six points from four goals and two assists.
Georgetown made its seventh-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament this year, and its third trip to the Final Four in the past four years under Head Coach Kim Simons. The Hoyas finished the year with a 13-5 overall record and won their fourth-consecutive BIG EAST title with a perfect 6-0 mark.
2004 All Americans (from left) Michi Ellers, Sarah Oliphant and Gloria Lozano. -- Photos by Peyton Williams.