MACON, Ga. – Following the end of the Stetson lacrosse team’s first regular season in program history, five Hatter freshmen were honored with postseason accolades by the Atlantic Sun Conference on Wednesday, as announced by the league office.
Making up nearly half of the All-Atlantic Sun Freshman Team, Danielle Horgan (Miami, Fla.), Mary Kate O'Sullivan (Naples, Fla.), Caili Guilday (Wallingford, Pa.), Maylis Broderick (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), and Paige Levesque (Bennington, Vt.) were tabbed as five of the best first year players in the conference.
Horgan and O’Sullivan were also named to the All-Atlantic Sun Second Team on Wednesday, while O’Sullivan and Guilday were unanimous selections for the All-Freshman Team.
Horgan, currently Stetson’s leading goal scorer, has accumulated 20 goals in her first season with the Hatters. She has assisted on five others to total a tie for the team lead with 25 points. In conference contests, she has tallied 11 goals and three assists in just four games.
O’Sullivan, a newcomer to watch prior to the start of the 2013 season, backed up her early praise with 15 goals and five assists during the regular season. The midfielder also led the Hatters with 23 draw controls, added 17 ground balls, and caused eight turnovers.
Guilday came into her starting goalkeeper role midway through the season, earning nine straight starts to end the season. The two-time A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week finished the year with 91 saves, a 15.70 goals-against average, and a .425 save percentage. Guilday dropped her GAA in conference games to 13.56.
Tied for the team lead with 25 total points, 25 ground balls, and 17 caused turnovers, Broderick was a jack of all trades for the Hatters. The midfielder was also second on the team with 21 draw controls, and recorded a .889 shot on goal percentage. Broderick scored in Stetson’s final seven games of the year, and 11 of the team’s last 12.
Joining Horgan as a Stetson attack to earn honors from the A-Sun on Wednesday was Levesque. Her 14 goals were fourth on the team this season. She added four assists for a total of 18 points, and finished the year with 13 draw controls. Eight of Levesque’s scores came in the Hatters’ four league contests.
Stetson will play in the first ever A-Sun Women’s Lacrosse Championship this weekend, opening the tournament against Detroit on Friday. The third seeded Hatters and the second seeded Titans are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville.