NEW YORK - Temple lacrosse had three named to 2017 All-BIG EAST Teams in a vote by the league's 10 head coaches, including two BIG EAST First Team selections. For a second year in a row, seniors Morgan Glassford
and Brenda McDermott
both earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors.
Junior Nicole Latgis
earned her first-ever conference award, being selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
Glassford, a Preseason All-BIG EAST Team selection as well, was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week a total of three times this season. She broke the school record for career draw controls with a number of games left to play, and has now amassed 170 draws over four years. Glassford also holds the top two spots all-time for single-season draw controls, collecting 78 in 2016 and 69 so far in 2017. In the Owls' most recent game at UConn, Glassford tied her career high with four goals, bringing her hat trick total to three this season.
Among all players in NCAA Division I, Glassford ranks 33rd with 2.88 ground balls per game and 38th with 4.31 draw controls per game.
Also a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, McDermott was named the BIG EAST's Attacker of the Week early in the year and has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice since. She leads Temple in both goals (37) and assists (32) this season, with her 69 total points ranking 33rd among all players in Division I. McDermott has recorded 54 career assists to rank ninth all-time at Temple, while her 32 assists this year rank second all-time for a single season. In an 18-16 win vs. Monmouth in mid-February, McDermott tallied six assists, the second-most in a single game in program history.
McDermott has notched seven hat tricks in 2017 including six straight from March 25 to April 15. Her three game-winning goals are tied for third in the BIG EAST, and she ranks in the top five in both points per game and assists per game. Overcoming a number of injuries to finally begin making her mark last season after three years of limited action, McDermott was named the NovaCare Comeback Student-Athlete of the Year at Temple's Celebration of Champions on April 30.
An unsung hero for the Owls this season is Latgis, who earned notice around the league for her ability to help shut down many of the conference's top players throughout the season. Latgis leads Temple with 26 caused turnovers and ranks second with 37 ground balls, while also tallying 14 draw controls. She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 11 after causing a total of seven turnovers and tallying nine ground balls in wins over Villanova and Cincinnati.
For conference games only, Latgis led the league with three ground balls per game while ranking second with 1.89 caused turnovers per game.
Temple, the fourth seed in the BIG EAST Championships presented by Jeep, will face top-seeded No. 2 Florida at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at Villanova.
No. 2 Florida claimed its third consecutive regular-season title this year with a perfect 9-0 record, and enters the postseason with a 15-2 overall mark. The Gators' mentors, led by head coach Amanda O'Leary, were voted BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year for a second consecutive year. O'Leary guided three major award winners in BIG EAST Attacker of the Year Mollie Stevens, Defensive Player of the Year Caroline Fitzgerald and Goalkeeper of the Year Haley Hicklen. All three were All-BIG EAST First Team selections, with Fitzgerald, Stevens and Sydney Pirreca picked unanimously. Fellow Gators Sammi Burgess, Lindsey Ronbeck and Taylor Bresnahan were also first-team honorees.
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Francesca Whitehurst led five All-BIG EAST selections for Georgetown, including two first-team picks with Whitehurst and sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan. Villanova's Katie Comerford rounded out the major award winners as the first BIG EAST Freshman of the Year out of Villanova.
BIG EAST All-League Awards