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Rawlick Named Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Year

April 28, 2010

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy senior team captain Erin Rawlick (Forest Hill, Md.) has been named the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year, as the conference announced its 2010 list of award winners Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, four Midshipmen, including Rawlick, junior Katrina Nietsch (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomores Kierstin King (Upperco, Md.) and Danielle Vivonetto (Rocky Point, N.Y.), garnered all-league recognition.

In the Academy's first three seasons of varsity competition, there has been no larger catalyst in the young program's ascent than Rawlick, who becomes the first Midshipman to earn Patriot League Player-of-the-Year honors. The nation's leader in points (94) and points per game (5.53), she also received First-Team All-Patriot League honors for the third consecutive year.

In 17 games this spring, Rawlick has produced 64 goals, including an NCAA-leading 14 hat tricks, and 30 assists for a career-best 94 points, the third-highest single-season scoring output in conference history. It is her third-straight season of 90 or more points and, as it stands, projects to be her third-straight season of leading the Patriot League in scoring; a feat not yet accomplished in the conference's 20-year history of Division I lacrosse. Rawlick has also paced the Patriot League in draw controls for the third time in as many seasons and currently ranks second in the nation in the category, hauling in an average of 5.12 per game.

Earlier this season, she became just the second player in conference history to garner Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors in four-straight weeks, an impressive stretch which included the NCAA's top single-game scoring output in the country this spring, a 13-point effort (4 g, 9 a) against Howard on Feb. 5. Rawlick ranks second on NCAA active career scoring list with 277 points (186 g, 91 a) in just 52 games and over the last three seasons, has scored more points than any Division I women's lacrosse player.

Junior Katrina Nietsch earned all-conference for a third-straight season.

Standout soph Kierstin King emerged into one of the conference's elite defenders this spring

Garnering Second-Team All-Patriot League status for the third time in as many seasons was junior speedster Katrina Nietsch. After a knee injury ended her sophomore season prematurely, a determined Nietsch has worked her way back into form and delivered yet another terrific season for the Mids this spring.

The New Canaan, Conn. native has produced her third season of 25 or more goals. She ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 36 points (25 g, 11 a), third in ground balls (28) and third in draw controls (22). As has been the case throughout her career, Nietsch has raised her game come conference play, notching 16 goals, including three hat tricks, and 19 points, the third-most on the squad, in six Patriot League games. For her career, she has produced 46 points on 38 goals and eight assists in 17 games against Patriot League foes.

Both Kierstin King and Danielle Vivonetto earned all-conference laurels for the first time in their respective lacrosse careers. After spending a majority of her freshman season playing in the midfield, King made a seamless transition to her newfound defensive role and is a major reason why Navy leads the Patriot League and ranks seventh nationally in scoring defense (8.06 goals against/gm).

A quick and aggressive player with a nose for the ball, she started all 15 games before recently being sidelined with a knee injury. Despite the setback, King's 2.73 ground balls per game remains the top mark in the Patriot League. She also is the team's leader and ranks second in the conference in caused turnovers (1.7).

A dynamic finisher, Vivonetto has scored a career-high 54 goals this spring

King, who earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors three times this season (2/23, 3/22, 3/29), recorded two or more caused turnovers nine times and even tied a school record with seven ground balls in a win over Robert Morris on February 19. She has also made the most of her limited offensive chances, contributing six points on four goals and two assists.

Vivonetto, meanwhile, has had a breakout season for the Mids, racking up a career-best 54 goals and 59 points in 17 games. She has been a driving force in the nation's third-ranked scoring offense, which has averaged 15.41 goals per contest. She is one of five sophomores in the country with 50 or more goals this spring and, together with Rawlick, she gives Navy the nation's top scoring with a combined 153 points (118 g, 35 a).

Her 54 goals are the eighth-most nationally, while her 3.18 goals per game is the country's 14th-highest mark. She has scored a goal in 15 of 17 games this spring with 11 hat tricks, tied for the third-most nationally. Included amongst the Long Island native's offensive exploits this season was a school-record eight-goal performance against Manhattan on March 19, as well as game-winners in a pair of one-goal victories over La Salle and American.

Navy (14-3, 5-1 Patriot League) will aim for its first Patriot League Tournament title in program history this weekend in Bethlehem, Pa.. The Mids, who will carry the No. 2 seed into this year's playoff, take on third-seeded Colgate (9-7, 4-2 Patriot League) in the semifinals Friday at 4:30 pm, with Sunday's championship game slated for 1 p.m.

2010 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Major Award Winners / All-League
Offensive Player of the Year
Erin Rawlick, Navy

Defensive Player of the Year
Lauren Dykstra, Lehigh

Goalkeeper of the Year
Amy Martin, Holy Cross

Rookie of the Year
Addie Godfrey, Lafayette

Coach of the Year
Jill Redfern, Lehigh

2010 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse All-League Team
First Team
Name, School Class Position

Erin Rawlick, Navy Sr. Attack
Meghan Lawler, Colgate Sr. Attack
Kelly Draper, Lehigh So. Attack
Lauren Dykstra, Lehigh Jr. Midfield
Courtney Miller, Colgate So. Midfield
Colleen Bubnack, Colgate Jr. Midfield
Allison Thomas, Lehigh Jr. Midfield
Leigh Ann Torcivia, Lehigh So. Defense
Alyssa Romano, American Sr. Defense
Meg O'Leary, Holy Cross Jr. Defense
Amy Martin, Holy Cross Jr. Defense
Christina Roa, Colgate So. Defense
Addie Godfrey, Lafayette Fr. At-Large

Second Team
Name, School Class Position

Danielle Vivonetto, Navy So. Attack
Amanda Makoid, American Sr. Attack
Katie Gardner, Holy Cross Sr. Attack
Katrina Nietsch, Navy Jr. Midfield
Kat Sutton, Holy Cross So. Midfield
Julia Braun, Bucknell Jr. Midfield
Emily Stankiewicz, American So. Midfield
Kierstin King, Navy So. Defense
Emma Larkin, American So. Defense
MaryKate Finnegan Sr. Defense
Julie McBrien, Lehigh Fr. At-Large
Kenzie Dambach, Lehigh Fr. At-Large

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