MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its 2019 Division III All-Region Teams today, and the Wesleyan women's lacrosse team had a program record seven selections, the most of any team in the Berkshire Region. Representing the Cardinals were First Team honorees Allegra Grant, Abigail Horst, Abby Manning, Caroline Sgaglione, and Caitlin Wood, while Breanna Cavanaugh and Julia Gretsky were named to the Second Team.
Grant, Horst, Manning, Sgaglione, and Wood were all named to the All-Region Teams a year ago, while Sgaglione earns her third consecutive First Team honor.
Grant's stellar play has helped guide Wesleyan to its first-ever NCAA Semifinal appearance. The junior, who was also named First Team All-NESCAC, owns an impressive 7.66 goals-against average (GAA) this season with a 50.2 save percentage. She has played 1150:55 minutes between the posts and started all 20 games to own a 17-3 record. Grant has been excellent in the NCAA Tournament, holding the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 9 teams in the country to seven points or less while saving 27 shots.
Horst earned First Team honors a year ago as well and is enjoying another excellent season. She ranks second on the team in points (49), goals (46), and draw controls (77), and is fourth in caused turnovers (21). A 2018 All-American, Horst scored her 100th career point and 100th career goal this year, and currently ranks tied for eighth all-time in program history with 112 points (104 G, 8 A).
Manning was named a Second Team selection a year ago but has been elevated to First Team following a historic junior campaign. The Wilmington, Del. native has set the single-season program records in both points (81) and goals (67), and currently ranks second all-time with 166 career points (135 G, 31 A). This spring, she leads the team in points, goals, free position goals (16 on 22 attempts), and draw controls (77).
Sgaglione is a two-time All-American and three-time All-Region selection. She has been a star on the defensive side since joining the program in 2016 and has started all 70 games over the past four seasons. This year, she leads the team with a career-high 35 caused turnovers and ranks third with a career-high 62 draw controls. She is also third on the team in groundballs with 39.
Wood earns her second consecutive All-Region honor and first, First Team selection. The senior from Simsbury, Conn. is enjoying an excellent season in which she has set career-highs in points (45) and goals (41). She is also 15-of-26 on free position attempts, has caused nine turnovers, and recorded 15 groundballs.
Cavanaugh is enjoying a breakout season en route to her first All-Region selection. She is tied for the team league in groundballs (40) and ranks second in caused turnovers with a career-high 30. She has started all 20 games for the Cardinals and has played a pivotal role in Wesleyan's stifling defense.
Gretsky also earned her first All-Region honor as she continues to excel for the Cardinals. The junior midfielder has seen her point total increase each year. She is currently tied for fifth on the team in points with 30 on 13 goals and 17 assists. She has also caused 12 turnovers and picked up 27 groundballs.
These seven Cardinals have played a significant role in Wesleyan's historic season, in which the Cardinals own program records in overall wins (17) and NESCAC victories (8), and advanced to the Final Four for the first time ever. The Cardinals will play conference rival and No. 3 Middlebury in the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m.