HADLEY, Mass. – Junior midfielder Abigail Horst and junior defender Caroline Sgaglione of the 14th-ranked Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team were named All-NESCAC First Team selections, while sophomore goalie Allegra Grant received Second Team laurels as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office today.
The two First Team selections are the most in Wesleyan program history, while the Cardinals also tied a program record with three All-Conference honorees—joining the 2009 and 2007 squads.
Horst, Sgaglione, and Grant have played a pivotal role in the team's success this year, in which Wesleyan reached double-digit wins for the second consecutive season. The Cardinals currently boast a 10-6 overall mark and 6-4 record in the ultra-competitive NESCAC. Nine of the team's 16 games were against top-25 opponents, as Wesleyan won three of those matchups while going 2-3 against top-10 programs. The Cardinals also defeated top-ranked TCNJ on the road earlier this season, 7-6.
For Horst, the All-Conference accolade is the first of her career as the Pomfret, Conn. native leads the league in free-position goals with 17 on 29 attempts. She also leads the team and ranks 12th in the conference in goals with 34, and has one assist for a total of 35 points. Horst is among the team leaders in caused turnovers (14), draw controls (26) and ground balls (19).
Sgaglione earned her second consecutive First Team selection. The junior from Glen Head, N.Y., has been a force on the Cardinals' defensive unit. Sgaglione, who was also named an IWLCA Second Team All-American in 2017, currently ranks fifth in the NESCAC in ground balls (39) and ninth in draw controls (52). She also leads the team, along with two others, with 16 caused turnovers.
Grant has been spectacular in net for Wesleyan in her first season starting between the posts. One of just two goalies to be recognized on the All-Conference Team, Grant has logged the most minutes of any goalie in the conference with 962:15. She leads the league in saves (151) and ranks second in save percentage (51.2). The Winnetka, Ill. native also ranks fourth in the conference in goals allowed, surrendering just 8.98 per game.
The Cardinals await their NCAA Tournament fate as they look to return to the national postseason for a second consecutive season. The selection show will air Sunday, May 6, at 10 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.