Athletics

Meredith LaRose '12 Named to IWLCA All-America Third Team

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AMHERST, MA – Amherst College sophomore Meredith LaRose (Cranford, NJ) has been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America Third Team, the organization announced yesterday. This year’s 48 honorees will be recognized at the IWLCA All-America banquet on June 12, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa.

This marks the Amherst women’s lacrosse team’s first All-America honor since 2008, while LaRose is one of only 13 NESCAC student-athletes to be recognized at the national level. Liz Bruno ’12 of Trinity and Alyssa Kopp ’10 of Tufts represented the NESCAC on the All-America First Team, while six players from the conference landed on the Second Team and four joined LaRose on the Third Team.

Also an All-Conference and All-Region First Team selection this season, LaRose helped to lead one of the best defenses in the NESCAC. Starting in each of Amherst’s games for the second consecutive year, LaRose led the Jeffs in ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (39), adding 11 draw controls and one goal. She finished second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (2.44) and seventh in ground balls per contest (2.31), while Amherst led the NESCAC in goals-against average (7.33) for the first time since 2006.

LaRose continuously rose to the challenge against Amherst’s tougher opponents this year. In her best performance of the season, she recorded game highs in ground balls (6) and caused turnovers (7) during an 8-5 win over Middlebury, helping the Jeffs earn their first regular season win over the Panthers since 2000. Middlebury’s five goals that day marked the fewest Amherst had surrendered to the Panthers in at least 15 years.

Other notable performances by LaRose included a four-ground ball, five-caused turnover showing during an 11-8 upset win over nationally-ranked Tufts in the season opener. LaRose also had four ground balls and three caused turnovers during a 10-9 win over Wesleyan.

Meredith LaRose game-by-game stats (PDF)