Three Women’s Lacrosse Players Awarded IWLCA All-American Honors
In the conference’s inaugural season, Penn State was crowned the first-ever Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Champions. As part of its incredible run, the team made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, only to be sent home by North Carolina. Despite losing in the NCAA quarterfinals, three players were recognized for their extraordinary play this season.
The IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association) released its list of All-American players on Monday, including Penn State attacker Maggie McCormick, goalkeeper Emi Smith, and midfielder Tatum Coffey. McCormick was awarded Second Team honors for the second time in her career, while Smith and Coffey were named to the Third Team.
McCormick earned Second Team status for her superior play on the field, as she was second in the Big Ten in assists per game and sixth in total points and was Penn State’s leader in both categories. A senior from Eldersburg, Maryland, McCormick had a career high in assists with 43, making her the all-time leader in assists at Penn State. She also leaves Happy Valley fourth all-time in career points with 261 and 15th in goals with 124.
In goal, Smith had a terrific season, and was third in the conference for save percentage as well as the only goalkeeper in the Big Ten to earn a shutout. The junior from Denver, Colorado had a breakout year in 2015, helping the team to a 16-5 record. In addition to her first All-American accolade, Smith was named the first-ever Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, All-Big Ten, and a member of the Big Ten Tournament Team. Smith’s goals-against average and save percentage were both season highs, and she had eight games with 10 or more saves.
Coffey showed versatility with a multifaceted game on both sides of the ball this season. She was the second-leading scorer for the Nittany Lions — right behind Steph Lazo — and fourth in the Big Ten in forced turnovers per game. A senior from Toms River, New Jersey, Coffey led the team in goals with 43, was second in assists (11) and points (54), and gave opponents trouble, causing 25 turnovers. All of Coffey’s offensive marks were career highs in a remarkable season that earned the the midfielder her second Third Team All-American honor.
With the addition of these three All-American accolades, head coach Missy Doherty now has 11 in her five-year tenure with Penn State. It’s been a successful term, as Doherty has led the team to three NCAA quarterfinals appearances in the last four years.