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WCLA All-Americans, Honorees Named

May 16, 2012    13926 Views

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 9, 2012 – Clayton Crum of the University of Texas and Beth Ann Jancuska of Towson University were named the inaugural winners of the Amtahcha Awards as the Player of the Year in their respective divisions of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA).

The Amtahcha Awards were established by a gift from Dr. Lawrence A. Feldman, founder of, to the US Lacrosse Foundation to honor the national players of the year in the US Lacrosse WCLA and the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The MCLA honorees will be named at its championships later this month in Greenville, S.C.

Crum, a senior midfielder, earned the honor after scoring 98 goals, recording 21 assists, scooping up 41 ground balls, grabbing 63 draw controls and causing 38 turnovers. A three-time All-American, she led the Longhorns to the Texas Women’s Lacrosse League championship and a No. 7 seed for this year’s national championship. She scored four goals in Texas’ 14-9 loss to UC Davis in the opening round of the championship to go over 100 goals for the season.

Jancuska, a senior midfielder, led Towson’s club team to an undefeated season and the No. 1 seed in this week’s US Lacrosse WCLA Division II National Championship. Jancuska, who had 38 goals and 18 assists during the regular season, was named the Outstanding Midfielder at last year’s event when Towson lost to Chapman in the national championship game. The Tigers open play in the tournament on Thursday against Stanford Club.

In Division I, six other individuals were selected for major awards. Santa Clara University teammates Maria Pestana and Maggie Burke were named the Attack Player of the Year and Midfield Player of the Year, respectively. University of Georgia teammates Michele Manis and Emily Seidel were named Defense Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year, respectively. Christina Monahan of University of Florida club team was named Rookie of the Year. Brandie Leach, of the University of Texas, was named the Coach of the Year.

Two other members of the Towson program earned major awards in Division II. Muireann Phelan was named the Goalie of the Year and Cristen Sanfilippo was named the Coach of the Year. Chelsea Farrell (Westminster College) was named Attack Player of the Year, Desiree Messina (Oakland University) was named Midfield Player of the Year, Jackie Gamper (Southern Methodist University) was named Defense Player of the Year and Margaret Patterson (Southern Methodist University) was named Rookie of the Year.

The Division I and Division II All-America teams were also honored at the ceremony. The University of California, Los Angeles (DI) and Oakland University (DII) led with four first-team selections in their respective divisions.

The complete All-America teams follow:

DI First Team All-America
Devon Comito — Senior — University of California, Los Angeles
Emily Seidel — Junior — University of Georgia

Maegan Cruse — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Maria Pestana — Senior — Santa Clara University
Allie Simpson — Senior — University of California, Los Angeles
Brooke Smith — Junior — Brigham Young University
Sara Tanabe — Junior — University of Colorado

Hayley Bernstein — Junior — Colorado State University
Maggie Burke — Junior — Santa Clara University
Clayton Crum — Senior — University of Texas
Laura Maffuci — Senior — University of California, Davis
Brenna Mefford — Senior — Colorado State University
Katie Mitchell — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Morgan Oberstein — Senior — University of California, Los Angeles

Sarah Llewelyn — Junior — University of Texas
Emila Norlin — Junior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Michele Manis — Senior — University of Georgia
Isabel Angell — Senior — University of California, Los Angeles
Lauren Lapp — Senior — University of Florida

DI Second Team All-America
Jeni Centner — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara
Jordan Cook — Junior — University of Texas

Maddie Garcia — Junior — Colorado State University
Lauren Giraldi — Senior — University of Maryland
Kristen Lund — Junior — Brigham Young University
Brittini Peck — Senior — University of Florida
Tory Wilkinson — Sophomore — Chapman University

Emily Desimone — Sophomore — California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Opispo
Jessica Dresser — Senior — University of California, Davis
Molly Fensterwald — Junior — University of California, Davis
Jenna Hildebrand — Junior — University of Florida
Abbey Messmer — Freshman — Chapman University
Lucy Scholz — Senior — University Virginia
Jordan Venetis — Senior — University of California, Santa Barbara

Taylor Haverty — Junior — University of Colorado
Audra Horton — Senior — University of Colorado
Sara Johnson — Senior — Colorado State University
Sarah Langlie — Junior — Colorado State University
Christina Monahan — Freshman — University of Florida

DII First Team All-America
Lauren Pattah — Sophomore — Oakland University
Muireann Phelan — Junior — Towson University

Chelsea Farrell — Junior — Westminster College
Brianna Johnson — Freshman — Southern Methodist University
Lindsay Kibler — Senior — Towson University
Lea Reuss — Senior — Western Washington University

Kelly Giesecke — Senior — Cornell University
Krystle Gish — Senior — University of Wyoming
Beth Ann Jancuska — Senior — Towson University
Desiree Messina — Junior — Oakland University
Margaret Patterson — Freshman — Southern Methodist University

Carson Chambers — Senior — Westminster College
Jackie Gamper — Sophomore — Southern Methodist University
Samantha Miceli — Junior — Oakland University
Mary Patterson — Freshman — Southern Methodist University

DII Second Team All-America
Rachel Wantuch — Graduate —California State University, Long Beach
Barbara Wye — Sophomore — Lake Forest College

Kaicee Beal — Junior — Westminster College
Katie Sabourin — Sophomore — Hope College
Mary Liz Tuttlle — Sophomore — Southern Methodist University
Hanna Vickery — Sophomore — Oakland University

Sage Johnson — Senior — Westminster College
Donna LaPoint — Freshman — Oakland University
Jaycee Slack — Sophomore — Gonzaga University
Erika Torres — Junior — University of Nevada, Reno
Katy Weiser — Graduate — University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Karlee Braniff — Senior — Saginaw Valley State University
Sarah Brotman — Senior — Cornell University
Alexandra Ferdig — Sophomore — Westminster College
Lauren Hirsch — Senior — University of Dayton

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