2011 All-ACC Academic Women's Lacrosse Team Announced

June 22, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year Laura Merrifield of Maryland highlights the 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic team as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Merrifield tallied 45 goals and five assists as a senior captain for the ACC champion Terrapins. In 2011, the midfielder racked up 18 ground balls and 18 draw controls, while tying for second in the league in game-winning goals (four). Merrifield, a kinesiology major from Hertfordshire, England, was tabbed an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American this season as well as garnered ACC Championship Most Valuable Player nods after netting a game-high five goals against North Carolina in the league’s title match. Her efforts allowed the Terps to capture their third-consecutive ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship crown.

Sixteen student-athletes were repeat All-ACC Academic team honorees, while 10 student-athletes who earned All-Conference honors this past season also secured spots on the 2011 All-ACC Academic Women’s Lacrosse team. Joining Merrifield as honorees who earned both All-ACC Academic as well as All-Conference in 2011 are Boston College’s Kristin Igoe, Duke’s Emma Hamm, Christie Kaestner and Kat Thomas, Maryland’s Katie Schwarzmann, North Carolina’s Corey Donohoe and Laura Zimmerman, Virginia’s Liz Downs, and Virginia Tech’s Allie Emala.

All six ACC programs were represented on this year’s academic squad as Duke had a league-leading 10 picks and has now placed at least eight student-athletes on the team for the sixth-consecutive year. Boston College added seven selections, while Virginia Tech had six named to this year’s academic roster. North Carolina followed closely with five honorees, while rounding out the 35-member team with four and three recipients, respectively, was Virginia and Maryland.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

The 2011 All-ACC Academic Women’s Lacrosse team is as follows:

Name, Class, Major, School
Hannah Alley, Sr., Communications, Boston College !
Jill Amo, Sr., Communications, Boston College
Moira Barry, Fr., Undeclared, Boston College
Kristin Igoe, Sr., Biochemistry, Boston College !
Alison Meagher, Jr., Elementary Education, Boston College
Jillian Rekart, Sr., Nursing, Boston College !
Sheila Serafino, Sr., English, Boston College
Sarah Bullard, Sr., Sociology, Duke &
Virginia Crotty, Sr., Sociology, Duke
Emma Hamm, Sr., Psychology, Duke #
Amanda Jones, Jr., Sociology, Duke
Christie Kaestner, Sr., Sociology, Duke !
Mollie Mackler, Jr., Psychology, Duke
Lauren Martin, So., Sociology, Duke
Kat Thomas, Jr., Intl. Comparative Studies, Duke #
Molly Quirke, Fr., Undeclared, Duke
Taylor Virden, Fr., Undeclared, Duke
Beth Glaros, Fr., Kinesiology, Maryland
Laura Merrifield, Sr., Kinesiology, Maryland &
Katie Schwarzmann, So., Agricultural and Resource Eco., Maryland !
Taylor Chumney, Sr., Business Admin., North Carolina #
Margaret Corzel, Fr., Undecided, North Carolina
Corey Donohoe, Sr., Exercise & Sport Science, North Carolina &
Abbey Friend, Fr., Exercise & Sport Science, North Carolina
Laura Zimmerman, Jr., Business Admin., North Carolina !
Liz Downs, Sr., Art History, Virginia !
Megan Dunleavy, So, Undeclared, Virginia
Charlotte Finnegan, Jr., Music, Virginia
Josie Owen, Jr., History, Virginia #
Allie Emala, Sr., Human Development, Virginia Tech &
Brooke Martin, So., Communications, Virginia Tech
Jessica Nonn, Jr., Psychology, Virginia Tech !
Ryan Rotanz, Jr., Human Development, Virginia Tech
Kristin Semones, So, US, Virginia Tech
Julie Wolfinger, Jr., Marketing, Virginia Tech

& Four-time honoree; # Three-time honoree; ! Two-time honoree