HADLEY, MASS. – The seventh-ranked Wesleyan women's lacrosse team set another program record today when the league office announced its 2019 NESCAC Women's Lacrosse All-Conference Teams. Seniors Abigail Horst and Caroline Sgaglione, and juniors Abby Manning and Allegra Grant were named All-NESCAC First Team selections, as voted on by the league's coaches.
The four, first team selections were the most of any team. The Cardinals also surpassed their previous record of three All-Conference selections, which occurred in 2018, '09, and '07, and doubled its previous record of two first team selections – Horst and Sgaglione – set last year.
For Sgaglione, the first team honor marks the third of her career and third-straight. The two-time All-American has been a defensive force throughout her career, and currently ranks fifth in the NESCAC with a career-high 30 caused turnovers and is ninth with 51 draw controls. She has started all 66 games for Wesleyan since joining the program and has 177 career draw controls, 136 ground balls, and 92 caused turnovers.
The All-NESCAC First Team selection is the second consecutive for Horst, and second All-Conference award overall. She has solidified herself as one of the top midfielders in the league and currently ranks sixth in draw controls (61), eighth in goals (42) and free position goals-shots (13-26), and is 32nd in caused turnovers (16). A 2018 All-American, Horst recently recorded her 100th career points and goals en route to NESCAC Player of the Week honors, as well as IWLCA Division III Offensive National Player of the Week laurels. She ranks 12th in program history with 108 career points (100 G, 8 A), and is just the fifth Cardinal ever to score 100 career goals.
Grant is also receiving the second All-Conference selection of her career but first, first team honor after being named to the second team a year ago. The junior goalie, who was also named an All-American in women's ice hockey this winter, has consistently proven she is one of the top goalies in the ultra-competitive NESCAC. She has logged 910:55 minutes between the post and has recorded 14 wins, both a league-high. Her 7.64 goals-against average is third-best, while her 48.4 save percentage ranks seventh.
Manning is enjoying an incredible junior season to earn the first All-Conference honor of her career. The junior is already one of the top scorers in program history and is currently tied for first in the conference in goals with 55, which is a single-season Wesleyan record. Manning also tied the single-season program record in points with 61, which ranks third-best in the NESCAC, and sits third in the conference in free position goals-shots (16-21) and fourth in draw controls (65). Her 146 career points (123 G, 23 A) are tied for third-most in Wesleyan women's lacrosse history.
This quartet has played a pivotal role in Wesleyan's rise, in which the Cardinals have set program records in wins in each of the last three seasons. Wesleyan is currently ranked No. 7 in the country, its highest ranking ever, and boasts a 14-2 overall record while finishing 8-2 in the NESCAC during regular season play. With a 14-12 win over Colby last Saturday, the Cardinals have advanced to their first-ever NESCAC Semifinal game and will play the No. 2 seed and nationally-ranked No. 5 Tufts at 3 p.m. on the campus of top-seeded Middlebury.