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LaMonica to coach South in IWLCA All-Star Game

Towson women’s lacrosse coach Sonia LaMonica was selected to serve as the Division I South coach for the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Senior All-Star game, which will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 11:30 am. The game will be played on Tierney Field at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland.

LaMonica completed her seventh season as the Tigers head coach and led them to an NCAA Tournament for the fourth time since she took over. This year, LaMonica became the winningest coach in Towson women’s lacrosse history and finished the season with 85 wins with the program.

LaMonica’s team will feature two of her own Towson players as well as three players from Johns Hopkins and two from both Navy and Loyola.

Samantha Brookhart completed her collegiate career with a record-setting senior season for Towson and earned IWLCA Second Team Mid-Atlantic All-Region and Second Team All-CAA honors. She finished the year with 75 points and 55 assists. She was top 10 in the nation in both total assists and assists per game. She set school records with six helpers against Stetson and matched the mark against Elon later in the year. Her 55 total assists were a single-season record for both Towson and the CAA. She had 20 goals and 19 ground balls on the year as well.

Brookhart’s Tiger teammate Kelly McQuilkin will join her in the All-Star game. McQuilkin finished fourth on Towson with 21 caused turnovers and was one of the top on the team with 36 ground balls. She has a career-high five caused turnovers against Stony Brook early in the season. She had at least one caused turnover in 12 games. Towson ranked in the top 20 in the country in caused turnovers per game for most of the season. She caused 60 turnovers throughout her career, putting her inside the top 10 in the program’s ranks.

Johns Hopkins leads the South team with three selections. Midfielder Haley Schweizer caps off her stellar collegiate career with a selection. This year she scored 36 goals and had 11 assists, 22 ground balls, 35 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers. This year she became just the 10th Blue Jay to score 100 goals at the Division I level, finishing with 102 over her four years. She also ranks 15th with 121 points, is tied for eighth with 66 caused turnovers and ninth with 95 draw controls. Schweizer played in and started 75 games in her Johns Hopkins career, the most in the program’s Division I history.

Joining Schweizer are defender Nevi Fernandez and goalkeeper Carolina Federico.

Fernandez is tied for the third-most games played in Hopkins’ Division I history and finished her season with 26 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. She also had 19 draw controls. She had 81 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers in her career. Federico made starts all four years of her collegiate career and ranks third in most minutes played by a Blue Jays goalie at the Division I level. As a senior, she finished with 149 saves and 10.43 goals allowed per game on her way to an 11-7 record.

From Loyola, attacker Cami Whiteford and defender Bailey Mathis will be in the game. Mathis was a three-time All-Patriot League selection and a two-time First Team defender. Over her four years she played in all 82 games the Greyhounds played and collected 55 ground balls, 62 draw controls and had 45 caused turnovers. Mathis earned First Team All-Patriot League honors as a senior after scoring 32 goals in league games and 54 goals on the season. She had 67 points on the year. He had 11 hat tricks and 12 four-plus point games. She scored at least one point in her final 23 games, including a run that featured eight straight games with at least four points.

While Navy is still participating in the NCAA Tournament in their first-ever Final Four appearance, Meghan Hubley and Morgan Young were both selected to the South roster. Hubley scooped up 42 ground balls and caused 24 turnovers from the defensive end this year. She has 50 career caused turnovers and 84 career ground balls heading into the final weekend of her collegiate career. Young finished second on the team with 52 goals and third with 77 points as she also has 25 assists so far this season. She has scored 121 goals with 40 assists and 161 points heading into the national semifinals.

The Division I Senior All-Star game will be followed by All-Star games for Division II and Division III women’s lacrosse. Admission for all three games is free of charge. They will also be web-streamed live on IWLCA-tv.com.

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