Aug. 31, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Erin Rawlick (Forest Hill, Md.), a two-time First-Team All-Patriot League selection and the conference's leading scorer in each of the last two seasons, has been elected by her peers to serve as the Navy women's lacrosse team captain for the 2010 season.
"We're obviously very thrilled and excited to have an exceptional young woman like Erin leading our program," said Navy head coach Cindy Timchal. "She has been here since day one, starting every game for us since her club year as a freshman. She is our leader and someone the girls on the team look to for guidance both on and off the field. Erin truly embodies everything we look for in a student-athlete here at the Naval Academy."
"To be honest, I can't really describe how excited I am to be named captain," said Rawlick. "I am so humbled to be chosen to lead such a great group of girls. I have wanted this position since deciding to play lacrosse here at the Academy. I realize I have big shoes to fill stepping in for last year's captain Lauren Gillam, but I am enthusiastic and fully-committed to making a difference for this program over my final year."
In the Academy's first two seasons of Division I competition, Rawlick, the third midshipman to serve as team captain, has been the primary catalyst in the program's rapid ascent.
The Forest Hill, Md. product has scored 122 goals and racked up a conference-best 183 points over the course of Navy's first 35 games at the Division I level. To put that into perspective, that's a sterling 5.23 points per game- the third-highest clip nationally over the last two seasons.
Syracuse's Katie Rowan, a three-time First-Team IWLCA All-American, and Northwestern's Hannah Nielsen, a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy winner and arguably one of the top players in the sport's history, are the only two players to boast a higher scoring average than Rawlick (6.35 and 5.68 points/gm, respectively).
Last spring, Rawlick registered her second-straight season with 50 or more goals (55) and added a career- and league-best 37 assists in helping Navy to post a 13-5 overall record and advance to the finals of the Patriot League Tournament for the first time. Her 92 points led all conference players and were the third-most ever recorded by a Patriot League player in its nearly two decade-long history of women's lacrosse.
On her way to earning First-Team All-Patriot League laurels for a second-straight year, Rawlick issued a number of dominant individual performances, including a pair of double-digit point outings. Of course, none were more memorable than her four-goal, three-assist effort that pushed the Mids past second-seeded Lehigh, 12-11, in the league semifinals.
Her efforts were also recognized this summer when she was one of 64 players nationwide to advance in the final tryouts for the 2009-10 U.S. Women's Developmental Team.
During Navy's record-setting 13-win inaugural campaign in 2008, Rawlick hit the ground running with 67 goals and 91 points and finished the spring as the highest scoring sophomore in the nation (5.35 pts/gm). Led by its dynamic 5-foot-8 attacker, the Navy offense scored at the second-highest clip in NCAA history (16.7 g/gm), setting a Patriot League record with 283 goals in the process.
Over the Midshipmen's two-season tenure at the Division I level, she has scored a goal in all 35 games - the fourth-longest active streak headed into the 2010 season. Rawlick also scored in all 23 games as a freshman on Navy's club team, racking up 127 points on a team-best 91 goals and 36 assists en route to earning USL-WDIA All-America honors.
Led by their 2010 team captain, look for the Mids, who return four All-Patriot League performers from last year's squad, to build on their upward momentum this spring.
"I am absolutely thrilled about the incoming class and the potential we have as a team to succeed this season," added Rawlick. "One of our main goals is to take that next step and win the Patriot League Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament. I have full confidence that we have the skill and the will necessary to achieve this goal this year."
The Navy women's lacrosse team will open up its fall scrimmage schedule on the Academy grounds on Oct. 3-4 with exhibitions against Adelphi, George Washington and Penn State.
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