Sept. 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad held its annual banquet Saturday evening at the Key Bridge Marriott. The banquet honored the 2013 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.
The Sheehan Stanwick Rookie of the Year award went to freshman attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School). She appeared in all 19 games for the Blue & Gray tallying 17 goals and eight assists for 25 points. Etchison also picked up 11 ground balls and had 14 caused turnovers in her rookie campaign.
Casey McGowan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) was named the Most Improved Player after making a significant impact as a sophomore. McGowan started all 19 games for the Hoyas after playing in just four a year prior. She picked up 23 ground balls and caused nine turnovers while grabbing as many draw controls. On offense McGowan posted one assist.
The Bulldog Award, which is given to a player that displayed outstanding effort and contributions to the squad, was awarded to Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker). The sophomore started all 19 games on defense. She was second on the team in caused turnovers with 20 and had 28 ground balls as well as 13 draw controls. Devine also had one assist on the season.
Senior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) was given the Denis Kanach Hoya Award which is given for the unsung hero who best demonstrates unselfish play and true team spirit. Jackson was a two-time Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree and played in the North-South Senior All-Star Game. She finished her career with 88 goals and 17 assists for 105 points. Additionally, she tallied two game winners. The attacker was GU's sixth-leading scorer this past season with 24 goals and five assists for 29 points. She started all 19 games for the Blue & Gray.
Junior defender MJ Coyle (Kensington, Md./Holy Child) was the winner of the the Kim Simons Coaches' Award for the player that best demonstrates the qualities of coachability, positive attitude and leadership. Coyle started all 19 games for Georgetown and managed 21 ground balls as well as seven draw controls. She also had five caused turnovers.
Finally, senior defender Ashley Hunter (Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) was named the 2013 Team MVP. Hunter was a four year starter for the Hoyas and named Third Team All-America as a senior. She closed her final season with 2013 IWLCA All-South Region Second Team honors, was a BIG EAST First Team choice and an All-BIG EAST Tournament selection. Hunter led the Hoyas in caused turnovers with 21, marking the third straight season she recorded 20 or more CTs. She was second for ground balls with a career high 27. For her career Hunter totaled 78 caused turnovers, ranking 10th all-time in the Hoya record books. In previous seasons, she has earned the Denis Kanach Hoya Award.
The coaching staff also chooses to recognize a person that has made a significant impact on the squad. This year, Athletic Trainer Cristina Nistler awarded the 13th Man Appreciation Award, given to the person who contributes to the program behind the scenes. After a number of injuries this past season, Nistler played an integral role in keeping those available on the field as well as tirelessly rehabilitating those student-athletes too injured to participate.
The night concluded with the playing of the 2013 highlight video and remarks from both the Class of 2013 and the Class of 2014.
The Hoyas lost nine players, including Hunter and Jackson, from last year's squad that returned the Hoyas to the NCAA Championship. Georgetown earned the sixth seed and a first round bye in the 2013 NCAA Championship. GU compiled a 13-6 overall record and a 6-2 mark in BIG EAST play. Georgetown returns four of its top five scorers along with three of four starting defenders in 2014.
The Hoyas opened fall play on Friday against the United States Naval Academy.