MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Juniors Abigail Horst and Caroline Sgaglione of the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team were named 2018 Second Team All-Americans, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
A total of 57 Division III student-athletes were chosen as All-Americans. For Horst, the honor marks the first of her career while Sgaglione earned her second consecutive Second Team laurel.
Horst had a breakout junior campaign for the Cardinals. A First Team All-NESCAC and All-Region selection, she more than doubled her goal total from a year ago and led Wesleyan this spring with 38 markers while finishing second in points with 40. The midfielder from Pomfret, Conn. also ranked second on the team in draw controls (45) and sixth in ground balls (24), while her 20 free position goals were the most in the ultra-competitive NESCAC.
Sgaglione has been a staple on Wesleyan's defense. A two-time All-American, she was also named a First Team All-NESCAC and All-Region selection this year. The junior led the team in both caused turnovers (23) and draw controls (60), while her 45 ground balls ranked second. Sgaglione, a N.Y. native, anchored a defensive unit that allowed just 9.05 goals per game.
Horst and Sgaglione played pivotal roles in Wesleyan's success this year in which the Cardinals recorded the best season in their 43-year history. Wesleyan finished 2018 with a program-best 12 wins and just seven losses—all against nationally-ranked top-25 teams—while advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Cardinals made history in the first round by defeating then-No. 12 Messiah, 13-10, to claim their first-ever national postseason victory. The following day, they defeated No. 18 St. John Fisher, 11-6, to reach the third round. Wesleyan finished the season ranked No. 11 in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll to mark its highest ranking ever.