Sept. 22, 2012
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad held its annual banquet Saturday evening at the Key Bridge Marriott. The banquet honored the 2012 squad for its accomplishments with the graduated seniors returning for the event. The seven team awards were announced and the squad's achievements were recognized.
Senior defender Kelly Barnes (St. David's, Pa./Radnor) was named the team's MVP and won the Kim Simons Coaches' Award for the player that best demonstrates the qualities of coachability, positive attitude and leadership. Barnes was recently in the news after earning a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team as one of 11 newcomers. She was named Third Team All- America this past season marking her first-career national honor. She was also a First Team All-South Region selection, First Team All-BIG EAST and to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
This past season, 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 for the Blue & Gray.
Barnes earned two all-region and one all-America award in her career. This year marked her third selection to the all- conference squad and the second to the first team.
Sophomore midfielder Maggie Brown (Woodside, Calif./Menlo School) won the Most Improved Award. After appearing in just three games as a freshman, Brown played in 16 games for the Hoyas last season including six starts. She worked her way into the midfield with solid play on both ends of the field. Brown posted three goals and one assist for the season scoring those three goals in just four shots.
Senior defender Carly Napora (Columbia, Md./McDonogh School) won the Bulldog Award, which is given to a player that
displayed outstanding effort and contributions to the squad. Napora was a co-captain that started all 17 games for the Blue &
Gray last season. She was a tenacious defender often playing the opposition's top scorer. She ranked sixth on the squad in
caused turnovers with 12 and was fourth in draw controls and ground balls managing 20 and 19, respectively.
Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was named the Sheehan Stanwick Rookie of the Year after an outstanding first season. Tarzian finished her freshman season at Georgetown as the Hoyas' second-leading scorer with 43 points on 34 goals and nine assists en route to second-team All-BIG EAST Conference honors. A two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American, she led Garden City High to four consecutive state titles from 2008-11.
Junior defender Ashley Hunter (Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) rounded out the awards ceremony receiving the Denis Kanach Hoya Award which is given for the unsung hero who best demonstrates unselfish play and true team spirit. Hunter was a Second Team All-Region selection 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.
Associate Director of the Academic Resource Center for Student-Athlete Services Shelly Habel, Ph.D. was awarded the 13th Man Appreciation Award, given to the person who contributes to the program behind the scenes. Habel worked tirelessly with members of the squad to ensure class schedules were in order, travel issues were handled and as an advisor as well as a bridge between the athletic department and the faculty. Habel works with 27 different sports, but finds time to make personal connections with so many of the student-athletes.
The night concluded with the playing of the 2012 highlight video and remarks from both the Class of 2012 and the Class of 2013.
The Hoyas will begin their fall schedule on Friday at the United States Naval Academy.