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Conti named DPOY, eight Tigers earn All-CAA honors

Olivia Conti became the first freshmen in CAA history to be named Defensive Player of the Year.

For the first time in the history of the Colonial Athletic Association, a freshman has been named the Defensive Player of the Year. That freshman and Towson Tigers star Olivia Conti.

Conti started all 17 games during her freshman season and finished the year with 45 caused turnovers and 40 ground balls. Her caused turnover total ranked second in the CAA and for most of the year was ranked in the top 10 for her per-game effort. Her 40 ground balls ranked sixth in the league. Her 2.65 caused turnovers per game rank sixth in the country. She is just three caused turnovers away from setting a new Towson and CAA single-season caused turnovers mark.

Conti became the fourth Towson player to win the award, joining Julie Ondrako (2009), Alexa Demski (2013) and Michelle Dufault (2014) as CAA Defensive Player of the Year winners hailing from Towson. She was also one of fourth Tigers to earn All-CAA First Team honors and seven to be named to either the First or Second Team.

Conti’s defensive teammate Tianna Wallpher also earned First Team accolades. She scooped up 45 ground balls and caused 36 turnovers, both ranked fourth in the CAA. Wallpher became the first Tiger since Demski in the 2013 season to record 40 or more ground balls in a single-season. She also scored one goal and had one assist on the season.

Sophomore attacker Natalie Sulmonte and junior midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano both earned All-CAA First Team honors after tying for fifth in the CAA with 41 goals each. Sulmonte also led the CAA with 75 draw controls while dishing off 17 assists, scooping up 15 ground balls, causing four caused turnovers and scoring 19 free position goals. Montalbano had 11 assists, 28 ground balls, eight caused turnovers and 11 free position goals.

Senior attacker Samantha Brookhart earned Second Team All-CAA honors after leading the league with 47 assists. She was second with 63 points as well after also scoring 16 goals. Sophomore attacker Carly Tellekamp finished second in the CAA with 49 goals and third with 2.88 goals per game on her way to All-CAA Second Team recognition. Junior midfielder Emily Gillingham was the third Tiger to be named to the All-CAA Second Team after finishing with 34 goals and seven assists while providing the Tigers with a second dangerous option in the center of the field as she finished with 45 draw controls, ranking fourth in the CAA.

Joining Conti on the All-Rookie team was Towson defender Sami Chenoweth. She played in all 17 games this year and made 15 starts. She tied for seventh in the CAA with 26 caused turnovers and had 27 ground balls on the year.

Towson will begin the CAA Tournament on Friday, May 5 when they host Elon at 6:30 pm.

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