MACON, Ga. – A total of three players from the Stetson University lacrosse team were named to the Atlantic Sun’s Academic All-Conference team for the 2014 season, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Headlining the Stetson honorees is goal keeper Caili Guilday, a unanimous selection to the team. She is joined by midfielder Maylis Broderick and attacker Mary Kate O’Sullivan as Hatters recognized by the conference this season for their performances on the field and in the classroom. The Hatter trio made up one fourth of the entire All-Academic squad.
Guilday, a sophomore from Wallingford, Pa., was one of two unanimous selections on this year’s squad as Jacksonville’s Ali Hoffman shares the unique distinction with her. Guilday has shined during her second season at Stetson. The discovery major has posted a 3.58 cumulative grade point average, while managing to lead the nation in saves (198) and saves per game average (11.65). She was once named the Atlantic Sun’s Defensive Player of the Week (Mar. 24) and is no stranger to academic honors from the A-Sun, as during her freshman season she initially garnered Academic All-Conference honors. It was also during 2013, that she was a unanimous choice for the A-Sun All-Freshman Team.
Out of the three Hatters honored, Broderick boasts the highest GPA, with a 3.84 mark. The sophomore is a discovery major and is one of a half dozen players on this year’s team with double-digit point totals. She is tied for second on the team with six assists and has scored nine goals for 15 total points. Like Guilday, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native also received Academic All-Conference honors during her freshman season. In addition to that recognition, she was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team and A-Sun All-Tournament team during her first year in DeLand.
Rounding out the Stetson trio is O’Sullivan, a sophomore from Naples, Fla. The discovery major has posted a 3.67 GPA thus far and is one of four players on the team with 15 or more goals this season. Her five assists puts her in a tie for third, while her 20 total points is fourth most on the team. Like Guilday and Broderick, O’Sullivan is a familiar name to her A-Sun peers as she was a unanimous selection to the conference’s All-Freshman Team in 2013. She also was named to the A-Sun’s Second Team and All-Academic Squad during her first season at Stetson. Her rookie campaign she led the Hatters in draw controls and is second in 2014 with 24.
In order to be eligible for the Atlantic Sun’s Academic All-Conference Team, players have to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better, played in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests, and have at least one year residence in their institution. This is the second straight season Stetson has had at least three players on the conference’s All-Academic Team, as in 2013 there were five Hatters on the list.
Following its 18-8 defeat of Detroit in the regular season finale, Stetson next takes the field in the Atlantic Sun Championship Semifinals against Jacksonville. The game will be played on JU’s home field (Southern Oak Stadium), Friday, May 2, at 1 p.m., with the winner moving on to Sunday’s title game.