SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee women's lacrosse team saw nine named All-Conference, a Coach of the Year and the team finished nationally ranked in eight statistical categories.
The Sewanee women's lacrosse program recorded a 12-7 overall record in 2019, including winning five of six contests in conference play. The Tigers finished as a semifinalist in the SAA Tournament.
The Purple and Gold recorded non-conference wins over Huntingdon (Ala.), Augsburg (Minn.), Wisconsin-River Falls, Piedmont (Ga.), Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (N.J.), North Central (Ill.) and DePauw (Ind.)
Sewanee racked up nine All-Conference selections, and head coach Michele Dombrowski collected her third Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year honor in the seven-year existence of the league.
Additionally, the Tigers were ranked inside the top-50 nationally among all NCAA Division III schools in eight team statistical categories. Leading the charge is ground balls per game, as the team finished second behind Aurora (Ill.) for the most in the nation.
Rewriting the Sewanee and SAA Record Books
In Sewanee's 17-8 win over DePauw on March 27, junior Grace Zechman now holds the Sewanee school record for assists in a career. With a career-high nine in the win, the Lancaster, Pa. native surpassed Ellie Murphy's (C'15) total of 85 with 22:20 left in the second half.
Additionally, with 58 assists for the season in 2019, she becomes not only the new school record-holder, but she also becomes the conference record-holder in the category.
With 104 entering the 2020 season, she will look to surpass Morgan Dasch of Hendrix for the most assists in a career in the SAA with 136. Nationally, she finished the season ranked 23rd in all of NCAA Division III in career assists.
Memorable Game | Sewanee vs. Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham, March 11
On a sunny afternoon at Puett Field, Sewanee was facing defending FDU-Florham in a non-conference battle. One of three teams the Tigers faced last season who participated in the 2018 NCAA Championships, Sewanee saw themselves down 6-4 at the half to the Devils.
After each team scored a goal to start the second half, the Tigers went to work on offense. Trailing 7-5, the home team struck twice in almost a two-minute span. Sarah Strand evened the contest once again off an assist by Hattie Fogarty.
Nearly 10 minutes later, Anna Comer went down the field and scored the go-ahead goal. After Logan Bulls scored with 8:52 to go to make it a 9-7 score, the Tigers defense limited the Devils to three shots the rest of the way to secure the victory.
SAA Statistical Leaders
1st | Grace Zechman - 58
4th | Sarah Strand - 72
1st | Brianna Young - 54.0%
Goals Against Average
1st | Brianna Young - 8.66
NCAA Statistical Leaders
2nd | Caused Turnovers Per Game - 16.63
7th | Ground Balls Per Game - 29.53
16th | Assists Per Game - 8.0
16th | Save Percentage - 53.0%
27th | Scoring Defense - 7.89
35th | Shooting Percentage - 48.4%
41st | Points Per Game - 21.89
42nd | Scoring Margin - 6.0
9th | Grace Zechman - 58
Assists Per Game
7th | Grace Zechman - 3.41
Michele Dombrowski - Coach of the Year
Logan Bulls - First Team
Sarah Strand - First Team
Brianna Young - First Team
Grace Zechman - First Team
Anna Comer - Second Team
Hattie Fogarty - Second Team
Annie Sherrill - Second Team
Kelly Thomsen - Honorable Mention
Brooke Winfield - Honorable Mention
SAA All-Sportsmanship Team
SAA Academic Honor Roll
Mary Kate Myers