April 23, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy women's lacrosse players Erin Rawlick, Meg Decker and Katrina Nietsch were named to the All-Patriot League women's lacrosse teams, the league office announced on Wednesday. Rawlick and Decker were selected to the first team, while Nietsch was a second-team honoree. American and Lehigh led the way with six selections, while Colgate had five. Just five freshmen were named to the two squads, with two of them coming from Navy.
Rawlick, a sophomore midfielder from Forest Hill, Md., was a first-team honoree after scoring a league-best 87 points on 64 goals and 23 assists, ranking first in the country in goals and second in points. She has scored at least two goals and three points in every game, and has seven games of at least six points. She scored a school-record nine points (7 g, 2 a) in a 15-12 win over Canisius, the eighth-highest single-game total in the country this year. She scored seven goals against both Canisius and Villanova, the fourth-best goal total in the country this year. She added eight points (4 g, 4 a) in a win over Howard. Her 87 points are the fourth most in a single season in Patriot League history, while the 64 goals are the sixth most. Rawlick has been a vital part of an offense that has scored a Patriot League-record 268 goals entering this weekend's tournament. Rawlick also ranks among the nation's leaders in draw controls (56), and is sixth on the team with 25 ground balls.
Decker, a freshman midfielder from Catonsville, Md., joined Rawlick on the first team after scoring 70 points on 57 goals and 13 assists, ranking among the league's leaders in both goals (3rd) and points (4th). Decker has recorded a hat trick in 13 straight games and in 15-of-16 games played this year, and is a three-time winner of the Patriot League Rookie of the Week award. She ranks 16th nationally in points and eighth in goals and is the third-highest scoring freshman in the country. Decker has scored at least five points in a contest eight times this year, and set career highs in goals and points with six against both Niagara and Robert Morris. Decker is second on the team in draw controls (55) and caused turnovers (17) and is third in ground balls (28). She has also converted 14-of-27 free-position opportunities on the season.
Nietsch, a freshman midfielder from New Canaan, Conn., was Navy's lone representative on the second team, after scoring 45 points (38 g, 7 a) during the regular season. She is sixth in the Patriot League in goals with 38, and served a vital role in Navy's success in its clearing game, helping the Mids convert 85.1 percent of all clear attempts. Nietsch was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week on April 14, after scoring a career-high six goals in a win over Bucknell, a victory that secured Navy a spot in the Patriot League Tournament. Nietsch has scored 16 goals in the last five games and has 12 multi-goal games this year. When she scores at least two goals in a game, the Mids are 12-0. Nietsch has added 37 ground balls and 29 draw controls.
Fourth-seeded Navy, which set an NCAA record for wins by a first-year program with 13, will battle top-seeded American at 1:00 pm at Jacobs Field in Washington, D.C. in the semifinals on Friday. The winner of that game will face the winner of Colgate and Lehigh on Sunday. The champion of the Patriot League Tournament will host an NCAA Tournament Play-In Game on May 3, beginning at 1:00 pm.
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