Philie, Zsitvay Earn IWLCA All-America Honors
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Helping guide the fifth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team to a NCAA Semifinal appearance with a program record 19 wins, seniors Alex Philie and Krista Zsitvay grabbed two more postseason laurels Monday and were named to the 2014 IWLCA Division III All-America teams.
Philie earned her third consecutive All-America honor and was named to the first team for the first time in her career, after garnering second team honors her sophomore and junior campaigns. Zsitvay was selected for the first time in her career and was named to the third team.
A total of 48 student-athletes were honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), who will present the awards at the IWLCA All-American banquet on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King Prussia, Pa. Phile and Zsitvay were also named All-Americans in field hockey during the fall season.
Philie, a senior from Massachusetts, recently won her fourth-straight all-region selection and was named the NESCAC’s inaugural Defensive Player of the Year. A staple in the Amherst lineup, she ranks atop the conference in caused turnovers with 33, and ranks fourth in draw controls (58) and ground balls (39).
Offensively, she ranks third on the Jeffs’ squad with 35 points and 28 goals. Last weekend, Zsitvay played a pivotal role in the team’s regional rounds to advance to the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals. In a 12-3 win over No. 13 York (Pa.), Philie scored once, recorded two ground balls, won four draw controls, and caused one turnover. The following day, the senior added another goal with two ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover in an 8-5 win over No. 4 TCNJ.
Zsitvay, one of the top scorers in the conference, has excelled throughout the 2014 season. The senior ranks second in the NESCAC with 43 goals and sixth in points (51). During the course of the year, she has amassed 14 multi-goal games in 20 contests, and has scored in 16 games total.
She has eight total goals in the team’s three NCAA Championship games and narrowly outscored TCNJ herself. The senior netted the Jeffs’ first three scores in the ‘Elite Eight’ matchup and finished with four total. A day earlier, she scored two goals and dished out an assist to help lead the Jeffs past York (Pa.).
Amherst continues its national title quest Saturday with a 4 p.m. semifinal contest against No. 2 Salisbury in Gettysburg, Pa.