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April 16, 2024 3:23 pm

Davis, Stanley headline women’s lacrosse all-conference teams

MOUNT OLIVE – Graduate student Ali Davis was selected as the Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year for women’s lacrosse and graduate student Alexis Stanley was chosen the Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year as the Trojans featured 10 all-conference honorees.

In addition to Davis and Stanley, senior attacker Bria Hamilton, senior midfielder Zoe Dougherty and senior defender Camryn Youngblood were tabbed to the All-Conference Carolinas First-Team.

Davis becomes the second UMO player in program history to garner Offensive Player of the Year honors after another stellar season with the Trojans. She closed the regular season with a career-high 70 points behind 56 goals and 14 assists in 15 games played. Davis ranked among the top-20 in NCAA Division II with 3.73 goals-per-game, goals scored and a .714 free-position percentage. She tallied at least four goals in nine contests this season and registered a point in every game. Davis receives all-conference honors for a consecutive season while being named to the first-team for the first time in her career.

For the sixth straight season, Mount Olive captured the Defensive Player of the Year accolade as Stanley earned the award. She led the Trojan defense with 18 caused turnovers while also pacing the team with 47 draw controls in 15 games. Stanley recorded at least four draw controls in eight contests and netted her first career goal at UMO on Senior Day in mid-April. She was voted to the all-conference team for a second straight year, including receiving first-team status for the first time.

Hamilton was tabbed first-team all-conference for the first time in her career, as she collected her third total all-conference accolade. She ranked second on the team with 61 points while ranking among the top-10 in the Conference Carolinas with 41 goals and 20 assists. Hamilton finished second on the team with 42 draw controls and added 24 ground balls.

For a third consecutive season, Dougherty secured first-team all-conference honors. She filled up the stat sheet for the Trojans with 24 points behind 20 goals and four assists while tying for third on the team with 34 draw controls. Dougherty also collected 29 ground balls and forced 12 caused turnovers in 14 starts this year.

Youngblood claims her second-straight first-team all-conference laurel after assisting one of the top defenses in the Conference Carolinas. After starting all 15 games, she closed the regular season with 12 caused turnovers and 15 ground balls.

UMO featured one recipient on the All-Conference Carolinas Second-Team in senior goalie Claire Hagen. The Mount Olive honorees on the third-team all-conference included graduate student attacker Meagan Maxwell, graduate student midfielder Margot Coomes, senior defender Caroline Abbott and sophomore defender Rileigh Kucera.

Hagen collects all-conference honors for the second time in her career after garnering first-team status in 2022. She ranked second in the league with a .487 save percentage and 9.22 goals-against average in 14 games played this season. Hagen posted a perfect 7-0 record in conference play while totaling 33 saves on 82 shots faced in nearly 300 minutes in the cage. She also tallied double-digit saves in the four contests including a season-high 13 against Roberts Wesleyan and Embry-Riddle.

Maxwell received her second straight nod to the all-conference team after another outstanding season on the attack. She finished fourth in the conference with 30 assists while totaling 22 goals in 15 starts. Maxwell finished ninth in the league and third on the team with 52 points this season. She registered at least two assists in nine contests while ranking third in the conference with 2.00 assists per game.

Coomes was named to the third team for a second consecutive year following another solid year in the midfield. She recorded 10 points on eight goals and two assists, while also collecting 14 ground balls and nine caused turnovers in 15 games.

Abbott garners third-team status for a second straight year after being a key player on the UMO defense all season. In 14 starts, she registered nine ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Kucera was another majority contributor to the Trojan defense this season and earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career. She played in 15 games with 14 starts while posting five ground balls and nine caused turnovers.

— From University of Mount Olive Athletics