May 20, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team, collectively, reached unparalleled feats in 2014. The individual accolades quickly are beginning to match those achievements.
On Tuesday, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association named Nikki Boltja, Kaylin Morissette, Faye Brust, and Monica Negron All-Americans. Boltja headlined the school-record four selections with first-team honors, becoming the program’s first to achieve the feat.
Morissette was selected as a second-team member, while Brust and Negron were named to the third team.
All four were IWLCA first team all-West region honorees.
Boltja concluded her senior campaign ranked third nationally in goals (71), goals per game (3.55), and points per game (5.00), and fourth in points (100). The BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year has registered 14 hat tricks this year and totaled the 24th-most assists in the country (29).
Career-wise, the Medina, Ohio, native finishes first on the school’s career charts in free-position goals (52), second in points (235) and goals (193), third in assists (42) and game-winning goals (9), and ninth in game started. In terms of awards, she has achieved all-BIG EAST and all-region honors each of the last three years.
The BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Morissette broke the school’s single-season record for draw controls just 10 games into the season and finished the year with 169. Nationally, she ranks second in the category with 8.45 per game. The sophomore also tallied 43 goals and 12 assists, while collecting 33 ground balls.
Morissette needs just 12 draw controls to become the school’s career leader in the category. Through her first two seasons, the Bowmanville, Ontario, native has totaled 100 points that includes 86 goals.
A junior, Brust put together the best season of her career. After combining for 26 goals in her first two seasons, the Bel Air, Md., matched Boltja with 71 scores to rank third nationally. Brust also ranks third in goals per game (3.55), while boasting the 19th-most points in the nation (78). She scored six of her goals in the BIG EAST Tournament championship victory Georgetown on May 3, which helped her secure BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolades.
Negron, a co-captain, bolstered Louisville’s defense as one of the top units in the country, ranking 15th nationally. The BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year started 19 games this season, logging 19 caused turnovers, 32 ground balls, and 45 draw controls. She also contributed to the Cardinals’ offense, recording five goals and three assists.
A senior, Negron became the school’s first four-time all-region honoree. She capped a four-year career in which she ranks first in game started (67), second in ground balls (145) and caused turnovers (92), and third in draw controls (164).
The group helped Louisville reach its first NCAA Tournament and advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. In addition to that, Louisville won the BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles. The school also capped a historical season that included school records in wins (16) and consecutive victories (12).
For the latest information on Louisville women's lacrosse, log on to GoCards.com, or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team's Twitter account at www.twitter.com/LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UofLLacrosse.
2014 IWLCA ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Sr., Attack
Taylor D’Amore, Johns Hopkins, Sr., Attack
Abbey Friend, North Carolina, Sr., Attack
Brooke Griffin, Maryland, Jr., Attack
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse, Sr., Attack
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse, So., Attack
Taylor Cummings, Maryland, So., Midfield
Shannon Gilroy, Florida, Jr., Midfield
Kelly McPartland, Maryland, Jr., Midfield
Mikaela Rix, Boston College, Jr., Midfield
Megan Douty, Maryland, Jr., Defense
Meg Markham, Pennsylvania, Jr., Defense
Sloane Serpe, North Carolina, Sr., Defense
Margaret Smith, Notre Dame, Sr., Defense
Taylor Virden, Duke, Sr., Defense
Liz Colgan, Virginia, Sr., Goalkeeper
Katie Ferris, Massachusetts, Sr., Attack
Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern, Sr., Attack
Kerrin Maurer, Duke, Jr., Attack
Jill Remenapp, Denver, Jr., Attack
Covie Stanwick, Boston College, Jr., Attack
Courtney Swan, Virginia, Jr., Attack
Hannah Farr, Stanford, Jr., Midfield
Beth Glaros, Maryland, Sr., Midfield
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Sr., Midfield
Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, So., Midfield
Marlee Paton, Loyola (Md.), Sr., Midfield
Kasey Mock, Syracuse, Sr., Defense
Lauren Purvis, Penn State, Sr., Defense
Colleen Smith, Princeton, Sr., Defense
Morgan Stephens, Virginia, Jr., Defense
Tori DeScenza, Ohio State, Jr., Goalkeeper
Liza Blue, Virginia, Sr., Attack
Faye Brust, Louisville, Jr., Attack
Cortney Fortunato, Notre Dame, Fr., Attack
Sydney Holman, North Carolina, Fr., Attack
Erin McMunn, Princeton, Jr., Attack
Aly Messinger, North Carolina, So., Attack
Annie Thomas, Loyola (Md.), Jr., Attack
Nora Barry, Florida, Jr., Midfield
Sammy Cermack, Johns Hopkins, Sr., Midfield
Madison Cyr, Penn State, So., Midfield
Taryn VanThof, Loyola (Md.), Jr., Midfield
Kathleen Lennon, Albany, Sr., Defense
Maddy Lesher, Loyola (Md.), So., Defense
Alice Mercer, Maryland, So., Defense
Monica Negron, Louisville, Sr., Defense
Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook, Sr., Goalkeeper