MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's lacrosse team set another program record as four Cardinals were named All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Abigail Horst, Abby Manning, and Caroline Sgaglione were all named First Team selections, while Allegra Grant received Second Team honors.
Wesleyan's four All-Americans were tied for the most of any team, joining Bowdoin, Middlebury, Tufts, and York (Pa.), while the three First Team selections were tied for the most with Middlebury.
The All-America honor is the second for Horst, who was also named a Second Team selection as a junior. The midfielder from Pomfret, Conn. excelled this spring and finished second on the team in points (51), goals (47), and draw controls (72). She also caused 22 turnovers and picked up 20 ground balls. This season, she reached two milestones by registering her 100th career point and 100th career goal, and is ranked eighth all-time in scoring with 115 points (105 G, 10 A).
Manning picks up the first All-America honor of her career following a record-breaking junior season. The attack from Wilmington, Del. led the NESCAC in both points (84) and goals (69), while setting the Wesleyan single-season program record in both categories. Manning was also very efficient on free position shots, scoring 79.3% (16-23) of the time, and led the Cardinals with 79 draw controls. She scored at least one point in 20 of the team's 21 games and tallied seven (4 G, 3 A) in the upset win over then-No. 1 Gettysburg in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Sgaglione wraps up an incredible career with her third straight All-America honor. After being named to the Second Team as a sophomore and junior, she was elevated to the First Team in her final season donning the Wesleyan uniform. A staple on the defensive side since joining the program, Sgaglione concluded the 2019 campaign with a career- and team-high 35 caused turnovers, which ranked third in the NESCAC. She also finished third on the team and ninth in the league in ground balls with 40.
Grant, who earned All-America honors this winter in ice hockey, picks up her first All-America honor in lacrosse following a standout season. The junior started all 21 games in net and logged 1210:55 minutes while boasting a 48.6 save percentage and 8.08 goals-against average. Wesleyan held opponents to single-digits in 16 games this spring.
This quartet of All-Americans played a pivotal role in Wesleyan's historic 2019 season, which included a trip to its first-ever NCAA Final Four. The Cardinals' road to the semifinals featured wins over No. 9 Mary Washington, No. 2 Washington and Lee, and No. 1 Gettysburg, before falling to the eventual National Champion, No. 3 Middlebury. Wesleyan finished the year with a 17-4 record, the best in program history and most wins ever recorded while finishing fourth in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll.