STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Four members of the UMBC women's lacrosse were honored with postseason accolades, the conference announced on Wednesday evening. The selections were made by the coaching staffs of the league's eight league teams.
Senior Brittany Levine (Middletown, Md./Middletown) earned first-team honors, becoming the first Retriever to earn the honors since the 2017 season. Levine finished the regular season with 59 draw controls, which ranks seventh in a regular season, 39 ground balls, and 19 caused turnovers; she also added three goals, including the game-tying game in UMBC's 9-8 overtime season-opening win against American. Levine ranks sixth in the America East in draws per game (3.47), seventh in ground balls per game (2.29), and 10th in caused turnovers per game (1.12).
Midfielder Catherine Sims (Elkridge, Md./Howard) and goalkeeper Carly Tolino (Middletown, Md./Middletown) each garnered second-team honors in their final seasons. Sims finished the regular season with a career-high 19 points off 17 goals and two assists, while also adding 35 draw controls and 14 ground balls. She scored a career-high three points in the 10-9 overtime thriller against Binghamton, including scoring the game-tying goal, while also controlling a game-high six draws.
Tolino has used 2019 as her breakout season, making 162 saves with a .472 saves percentage. The senior has made 10+ saves in 10 games this season, including a career-high 17 against American in the season opener. Tolino ranks first among America East goalkeepers in saves percentage, fourth in goals against average (11.67), and third in saves per game (9.53). She also ranks in the top 30 in the NCAA in saves percentage (27th) and saves per game (26th) while ranking 24th in total saves.
Graduate student Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) was named to the America East All-Academic Team for the third time in her career. McDonald, who is currently obtaining her master's in Geography and Environmental Systems, posted a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student and finished her undergraduate career in three years with a 3.73 GPA. McDonald is the program's leader in goals in a season after she netted 62 during the 2017 campaign and currently has 133 for her career, which ranks sixth all-time for UMBC.
Stony Brook took home three of the six major awards. Ally Kennedy repeated as Midfielder of the Year, as did Anna Tesoriero as Goalkeeper of the Year. The Seawolves' Mackenzie Burns was named Defensive Player of the Year.
UAlbany's Madison Conway earned Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Hailey Carroll brought home Rookie of the Year.
New Hampshire head coach Sarah Albrecht was named Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to a 5-2 in America East play and 10-6 overall.
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The Retrievers fell in their regular season finale against the UAlbany Great Danes, 14-6, on Saturday, April 27. Senior Grayson Corbett (Ellicott City, Md./Wilde Lake) netted three goals on the day, followed by Zoë Pekins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) with two.
On the season, Payton Van Kirk (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) leads the Retrievers with 37 points off 21 goals and 16 assists, followed by Corbett (24g, 4a), Pekins (23g, 4a), Lily Kennedy (Marriottsville, Md./Marriotts Ridge) (11g, 14a), Olivia Docal (Glenwood, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) (17g,6a) and McDonald (20g, 3a).
The Seawolves ended the regular season on a nine-game winning streak after they defeated New Hampshire, 17-5, on Sunday, April 28 to claim their seventh-straight America East title. The Seawolves held the Wildcats scoreless in the first half, taking a 16-0 lead into halftime.
Taryn Ohlmiller led the team with five points off two goals and three assists, followed by Kennedy with four goals.
Kennedy leads the conference in goals per game (4.00) after netting 68 on the season; she also ranks second in the America East in points per game (4.59). Ohlmiller is second in the America East in assists per game (2.42) and first in points per game (4.67).
This will be the 19th meeting between UMBC and Stony Brook and the third time in the America East Championships. However, this will be the first tournament matchup since the 2015 season.
In the 2015 AE Tournament, the Retrievers trailed by one, 4-3, at the half before the Seawolves used a 12-2 second half to take a 16-5 victory. Carolyn Jamison led the Retrievers with three goals, while Caitlin Miller matched the single-season program record with 78 draw controls; she later broke the record in the 2018 season with 87 draws.