Schaffner Named to MEC First Team; Lubic On Second Team

Schaffner Named to MEC First Team; Lubic On Second Team

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- Regular season champion Wheeling Jesuit and runner-up UVa-Wise shared in the top women's lacrosse honors from the Mountain East Conference. WJU's Elizabeth Hales was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year for a second-straight season, as was Cardinals head coach Tim Florence. UVa-Wise's Melanie Reilly was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year, while teammate Jesse French was tabbed as the conference's Freshman of the Year.  

Hales, a senior from Orlando, Fla., led the league in points (66) and points per game (4.40). She was the only player in the MEC to be in the top three in both goals and assists in 2017. Hales scored a goal in all but one game this year, and had at least three points in a game in 11 of 15 contests. She turned in strong performances in MEC competition scoring 15 goals and adding 15 assists against conference opponents. 

Reilly, a junior from Chesapeake, Va., ranks seventh nationally in save percentage stopping nearly 51 percent of the shots she's faced. She also leads the league in saves (151) and saves per game (9.4), and is fourth in the conference in ground balls (41). Reilly has held opponents to under 10 goals on eight occasions, including a shutout against Lees-McRae earlier this season.

French, an attacker from Dumfries, Va., was the top scoring freshman in the MEC this year with 39 goals and eight assists. She ranked fourth overall in the conference in points (47) and was fifth in goals. French scored three game-winners and had 12 multi-goal games, including a six-goal outburst against Ursuline.  

Florence repeats as Coach of the Year after helping WJU to a second-straight MEC regular season championship. In fact, the Cardinals have won 14-straight MEC regular season contests dating back to 2015. Wheeling Jesuit is serving as the host for this week's MEC Women's Lacrosse Tournament where the Cardinals are in search of their first tournament crown.

In addition to the individual award winners, the MEC also announced its all-conference teams. The All-MEC teams and awards are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

West Virginia Wesleyan landed five players on the all-conference teams.

Midfielder Natalie Schaffner (pictured) landed on the First Team; midfielder Kim Lubic was honored on the Second Team; Madison Duvall and Caitlin Baicar were named to the Honorable Mention Team and Madeline Gorzka was named to the All-Freshman Team.

All-MEC First Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
A Elizabeth Hales Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Orlando, Fla.
A Kori Hickman Wheeling Jesuit Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
A Brooke Hunley Shepherd Sr. Monrovia, Md.
M Darbie Barkman Notre Dame Sr. Davison, Mich.
M Mary Burns Wheeling Jesuit Sr. New Stanton, Pa.
M Hannah Marshall UVa-Wise Jr. Atlanta, Ga.
M Haley Price Shepherd Sr. Eldersburg, Md.
M Natalie Schaffner W.Va. Wesleyan Jr. Severn, Md.
D Lyndsay Carpenter Wheeling Jesuit Jr. Davis, Calif.
D Holly Deckert Wheeling Jesuit Sr. New Windsor, Md.
D Lauren Donahue UVa-Wise Jr. Stafford, Va.
G Melanie Reilly UVa-Wise Jr. Chesapeake, Va.
         
All-MEC Second Team
Pos Name School Cl. Hometown
A Jesse French UVa-Wise Fr. Dumfries, Va.
A Aryanna Jones Charleston So. Shaker Heights, Ohio
A Courtney Matthews Shepherd Jr. Monrovia, Md.
A Sydney Steinberg UVa-Wise So. Gainesville, Fla.
M McKayla Grasham UVa-Wise So. Baltimore, Md.
M Samantha Jones Charleston Fr. Franklin, Mass.
M Kim Lubic W.Va. Wesleyan Jr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
M Courtney Schwiegerath Shepherd Sr. Frederick, Md.
D Jess Apgar UVa-Wise So. Ellliston, Va.
D Anna Munford Shepherd Jr. Purcelville, Va.
D Taylor Quigg Wheeling Jesuit So. Chestertown, Md.
G Casey Hickman Shepherd Jr. Ijamsville, Md.
         
All-MEC Honorable Mention
A: Madison Duvall (WVWC), Lillian Funke (SU)
M: Kristin Gobbi (WISE), Markie Wright (WJU)
D: Caitlin Balcar (WVWC), Lyric Feingold-Conaway (SU), Abby McGowan (UC), Brianna Wahle (WJU)
G: Maire Austin (WJU)
         
MEC All-Freshman Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
D Sarah Artzer Wheeling Jesuit Fr. Littleton, Colo. 
A Jesse French UVa-Wise Fr. Dumfries, Va.
A Lillian Funke Shepherd Fr. Hagerstown, Md. 
D Madeline Gorzka W.Va. Wesleyan Fr. Haymarket, Va.
A Hayley Holmquist Wheeling Jesuit Fr. Temecula, Ca. 
M Samantha Jones Charleston Fr. Franklin, Mass.
A Ashley Wells UVa-Wise Fr. Purceville, Va.
         
Top Honors
Offensive Player of the Year: Elizabeth Hales (Wheeling Jesuit)
Defensive Player of the Year: Melanie Reilly (UVa-Wise)
Freshman of the Year: Jesse French (UVa-Wise)
Coach of the Year: Tim Florence (Wheeling Jesuit)