MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Six members of the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team have been honored by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) with a selection to the 2018 Division III All-Berkshire Region Teams.
Caroline Sgaglione '19 and Abigail Horst '19 were both named First Team selections, while Sara Bennett '18, Caitlin Wood '19, Allegra Grant '20 and Abby Manning '20 were all named to the Second Team. All six Cardinals are now eligible to be named to a national IWLCA All-American team. The IWLCA will celebrate the 2018 All-Americans during Divisional All-American Announcement Shows, which will be launched online in mid-June.
Sgaglione, a 2017 All-American, earns her second consecutive First Team selection with another stellar season on the backline for the 15th-ranked Cardinals. The junior from Glen Head, N.Y. has been a pillar in Wesleyan's stingy defense that allows just 8.89 goals per game. She currently leads the team in draw controls (59) and is tied for the team-lead in caused turnovers (19). Additionally, she ranks second in ground balls with 43.
Horst earns the first all-region honor of her career following a breakout junior campaign. An All-NESCAC First Team selection as well, Horst has almost doubled her point total from a year ago with 40 on a team-high 38 goals. Her 40 points are second-most, while her 33 draw controls rank third and her 16 caused turnovers are fourth. She also has 23 ground balls on the season and leads the NESCAC in free position goals with 20 on 35 attempts.
Bennett is enjoying an excellent season for the Cardinals and has been a mainstay on the defense. She currently has 19 ground balls and eight caused turnovers en route to her first-ever all-region honor. Grant, an All-NESCAC Second Team selection, has excelled in her first season starting between the posts and currently leads the conference in minutes (1082:15) and saves (175). She boasts a 12-6 record with an 8.87 goals-against average (GAA) and 52.2 save percentage. The Cardinals' defense, headlined by Bennett, Grant and Sgaglione, has held opponents to single digits in 10 of their 18 games.
Manning and Wood have thrived all year and are playing an instrumental role in the team's success. Manning leads the Cardinals in points (49), assists (13), and ranks second in goals (36). Additionally, she ranks second in draw controls (45) and has 17 ground balls on the year. In just her second season with the program, she sits 15 points shy of 100 for her career. Wood is having a breakout season for Wesleyan in which she's started all 18 games after one start the previous two seasons. She is third on the team in points (35) and goals (33), while also controlling 19 ground balls and causing 12 turnovers.
Wesleyan is enjoying its best season in program history as it prepares for its NCAA Third Round game against No. 6 Amherst on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. The Cardinals have won a program-record 12 games while claiming their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in the process. They reached the Sweet 16 by defeating No. 12 Messiah (13-10) in the first round followed by No. 18 St. John Fisher (11-6) in the second.