WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 1, 2013) – After posting outstanding seasons, five members of the William and Mary lacrosse team earned all-conference honors at the Colonial Athletic Association awards banquet on Thursday evening. Senior defender Hannah Clarke and redshirt junior midfielder Alexi Farmakis garnered second-team distinction, while freshmen defenders Abby Junior and Julia McGrath earned all-rookie team accolades. Additionally, junior attacker Ellen Shaffrey was chosen to the all-academic team.
Clarke established herself as one of the league’s top defenders this season and ranked fifth in the CAA with 2.0 ground balls per game. In addition to leading the team in ground balls (32), she also ranked tied for second on the squad with 22 caused turnovers this spring. The Houston, Texas native also totaled five draw controls, two goals and an assist. She finished her career with 43 caused turnovers, which was just three shy of earning a spot in W&M’s all-time top-10 list.
An outstanding multi-dimensional player, Farmakis garnered all-conference distinction after leading the team in assists (10) and ranking second on the squad with 33 points (23g, 10a). Additionally, the Wilton, Conn., native totaled 19 ground balls, 19 draw controls and 12 caused turnover. One of her best performances of the season came at Towson when she recorded a career-high five points on four goals and an assist.
One of the league’s top rookies this year, Junior ranked fifth in the conference with 1.44 caused turnovers per game. Additionally, the two-time CAA Rookie of the Week led the team with 23 caused turnovers and ranked second on the squad with 24 ground balls. The Wayne, Pa., native also finished the season with 14 draw controls and a goal. Some of her best efforts came in conference play, as she totaled three caused turnovers, three ground balls and three draw controls in the win against Drexel and three caused turnovers, three ground balls and two draw controls at James Madison.
McGrath also established herself as one of the league’s top freshmen this spring and totaled 15 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers and two draw controls. A starter in 14 of the Tribe’s 16 games, she consistently matched up against opposing teams’ top attacker. One of her best performances came against Louisville when she totaled two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
One of the league’s top all-around players, Shaffrey distinguished herself both on the field and in the classroom this season. In addition to maintaining a near perfect cumulative grade point average, the Charlottesville, Va., native set a single-season school record in draw controls (54). Additionally, she totaled 24 points (18g, 6a), 19 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Honored as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, one of her best efforts came in the victory against Old Dominion when she totaled seven draw controls, four ground balls, a goal and a caused turnover.