This season 794 National Lacrosse Classic Alumni played women’s lacrosse for NCAA programs across the nation in DI, DII, and DIII conferences. Seven of these players burst onto the scene as freshmen and took home Conference Rookie of the Year honors. The National Lacrosse Classic gives players a great opportunity to sharpen their skills and measure up to their peers by playing with and against the type of high-level talent they will encounter once they join the NCAA ranks. There’s often a learning curve involved in the transition from high school to NCAA lacrosse, but these seven outstanding players didn’t waste any time getting started.
Ally Alliegro, a New York native and midfielder at Wagner University took home the Rookie of the Year Award in the Northeast Conference. Alliegro led her Seahawks team in points with 70. Her 42 goals and 28 assists helped lead Wagner to a conference title and a birth in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships.
Another New York native, Shannon Kavanagh, won Rookie of the Year in the Big East as a member of the Florida Gators. The midfielder posted 36 goals and 28 assists for the Big East Tournament champions. The #6 nationally ranked Gators lost in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, but the future is bright with young talent like Kavanagh on the roster.
In the inaugural year of PAC-12 lacrosse, NLC alum Ali Baiocco won Freshman of the Year and helped lead the Cardinals to the first ever PAC-12 women’s lacrosse title. Baiocco put a team-leading 80 shots on goal and scored on 48 of those attempts. She helped the Cardinals reach the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the last nine years.
In the Southern Conference, Detroit Mercy Midfielder Meredith Moore won Freshman of the Year. The NLC alum scored 24 goals and added 15 assists in her first year as a Titan. Paige Orbell, another midfielder, won the Rookie of the Year award in the D-II Mountain East Conference for the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals. She scored 43 goals and led her team with 59 draw controls.
It’s not often you see a freshman lead their team in scoring but that’s exactly what Erika Bloes and Jordan Shughrue did at Dickinson College and the University of Mount Olive, respectively. Bloes, a Connecticut native, scored 46 goals to lead the Red Devils in the Centennial Conference and Shughrue scored an astonishing 71 goals for the Trojans in Conference Carolinas.
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