May 4, 2012

A Five-Star Season for Women’s Lacrosse

MADISON, N.J. – Five Susquehanna women’s lacrosse student-athletes earned All-Landmark Conference players, announced on Friday afternoon.

Goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), defender Marra Landino (Brownsville, Vt./Kimball Union Academy), midfielder Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and midfielder Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) were named to the First Team. Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove), meanwhile, is a Second-Team honoree.

In addition, head coach Laura Moan and assistant Katie Zichelli have been named the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.

Stankaitis started all 16 games for SU this season and racked up 178 saves, boasted a .578 save percentage and an 8.51 goals-against average (GAA). Her save percentage is tops in the conference while her GAA is second and this marks the second All-League honor of the junior’s career as she was Rookie of the Year in 2010 as well as a First Team player.

Landino, a senior, started 14 of the 15 games in which she played this spring. She is second on the team with 53 ground balls and leads with 18 caused turnovers, in addition to 10 draw controls and two goals. Her average of 3.53 ground balls per game is third-best in the league and the Crusader defense held opponents to just 8.81 goals per game while SU averaged 16.75 scores per game.

Sophomore Ehler, in her first season with SU, leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including goals (55), assists (15), points (70), shots (151) and is tied for the team lead with three game-winning scores. She also has 34 ground balls, 38 draw controls and six caused turnovers.

Her 10.07 shots per game average leads the conference, while her 4.67 points-per-game average and 55 total goals are second among league players.

A fellow midfielder, McGinniss has started 15 of 16 games and is second on the team in goals (44), assists (10) and points (54). She also has 62 ground balls, most on the team, and dominates on draw controls, winning 127 so far this spring. Her 3.88 ground balls-per-game average leads all conference players as does her average of 7.94 draw controls per contest.

Finally, Reid, a freshman attack, started all 16 contests this spring and has 40 goals and 10 assists for 50 points as a rookie. She has three game-winning scores to her credit, tied with Ehler for second in the conference, as well as 31 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

As a team, the Crusaders have put together a historic season with a 15-1 record entering Saturday’s Landmark Conference title game against four-time defending champion Catholic.