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Elon women's lacrosse receives Atlantic Sun accolades

Elon University nabbed Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year recognition from the athletic conference in which its women's lacross team competes.

Sloane Kessler (22) helped the Elon women's lacrosse team claimed its first win in program history with a 16-7 victory over Saint Francis on March 1 at Rhodes Stadium. Kessler was named the Atlantic Sun Conference's 2014 Freshman of the Year in women's lacrosse.

Elon University freshman Sloane Kessler and head coach Josh Hexter earned top honors Wednesday when the Atlantic Sun Conference announced its women's lacrosse all-conference teams.

Kessler was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Year and Hexter earned the league's Coach of the Year award.
 
In the team's first season of play, Hexter coached the Phoenix to a 4-1 A-Sun record and an 8-8 overall mark. Elon finished second in the conference during the regular season and won all five of its home games.
 
"We are excited to have so many of our players be selected to the all-conference teams in our inaugural year," Hexter said. "With a team full of 20 freshmen, I think it says a lot about the hard work they have put in throughout the season. We played a very tough schedule and are looking forward to continued improvement next year."
 
Kessler earned rookie of the year accolades after leading the team with 23 goals and a league-leading 22 assists on the season. The Owings Mill, Md., native owns a 93.0 shot on goal percentage and posted a career-high five goals and six points against St. Francis. She was named the A-Sun Player of the Week on March 3.
 
Kessler was named First Team All-Atlantic Sun along with goalie Rachel Ramirez. The two joined 10 others on the first team and were the only freshmen on the list. Defenders Rowan Drake and Erin Murnane were two of 13 players to earn league second team honors. Olivia Fernandez and Anna Vitton joined Kessler, Ramirez and Murnane on the Atlantic Sun Freshmen Team as Elon led the way with five players on the 12-member rookie list.
 
2014 Atlantic Sun Women's Lacrosse Awards and Honors
 
Player of the Year: Morgan Derner, Jacksonville
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Orashen, Jacksonville
Freshman of the Year: Sloane Kessler, Elon
Coach of the Year: Josh Hexter, Elon

 
First Team All-Atlantic Sun
Position - Name – School - Cl. – Hometown - Academic Major
A - Erin Campbell- Detroit - Sr. - Orangeville, Ontatrio - Psychology
A - Sloane Kessler – Elon - Fr. - Owings Mill, Md. - Undeclared
A - Morgan Derner - Jacksonville - Sr. - Lake Mary, Fla. - Biology
A - Taylor McCord – Jacksonville - Jr. - Jacksonville, Fla. - Sociology
A - Danielle Horgan – Stetson - So. - Miami, Fla. - Health Science
M - Kylie Birney – Detroit - So. - Plymouth, Mich. - MBA Program
M - Brittney Orashen – Jacksonville - Sr. - Lebanon, N.J. - Business
M - Kelsey Wiglesworth – Jacksonville - So. - Towson, Md. - Nursing
D - Kaylee Quint – Jacksonville - Sr. - Lake Mary, Fla. - Nursing
D - Amanda Parker – Stetson - So. - Perkasie, Pa. - Family Enterprise
D - Chelsea Watts - Jacksonville - Sr. - West Long Beach, N.J. - Psychology
G - Rachel Ramirez - Elon - Fr. - Lindenhurst, N.Y. - Undeclared
 
Second Team All-Atlantic Sun
Position – Name – School - Cl. – Hometown - Academic Major
A - Cynithia Smalls - Howard - Sr. - Far Rockaway, N.Y. - English
A - Ali Hoffman – Jacksonville - Sr. - Gambrills, Md. - Marketing
A - Olivia Hokanson - Kennesaw State - Fr. - Crofton, Md. - Business Management
A - Mary Kate O'Sullivan – Stetson - So. - Naples, Fla. - Discovery
M - Sydney Farwick - Kennesaw State - Fr. - Columbus, Ohio - Nursing
M - Kelsi Pritchard – Detroit - Fr. - Orillia, Ontario - Education
M - Jess Worcester – Jacksonville - Jr. - LaPlata, Md. - Biology
M - Maylis Broderick - Stetson - So. - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Discovery
D - Amanda Guthrie – Detroit - Jr. - Winter Springs, Fla. - Digital Media
D - Morgan Lear – Detroit - Jr. - San Ramon, Calif. - Political Science
D - Rowan Drake – Elon - Fr. - Ellicott City, Md. - Undeclared
D - Erin Murnane – Elon - Fr. - Arnold, Md. - Undeclared

G - Lexie McCormick – Detroit - Jr. - Peterborough, Ontario - Nursing
+ - A tie in voting led to a 13-person second team
 
Atlantic Sun Freshmen Team
Position - Name – School - Cl. – Hometown - Academic Major
A - Sloane Kessler – Elon - Fr. - Owings Mill, Md. - Undeclared
M - Kelsi Pritchard - Detroit - Fr. - Orillia, Ontario - Education*
M - Lauren Sharkey – Detroit - Fr. - Clarkton, Md. - Communications
M - Olivia Fernandez - Elon - Fr. - Mountain Lakes, N.J. - Undeclared
D - Erin Murnane – Elon - Fr. - Arnold, Md. - Undeclared
G - Rachel Ramirez - Elon - Fr. - Lindenhurst, N.Y. - Undeclared

A - Anna Vitton - Elon - Fr. - Summit, N.J. - Undeclared
A - Danielle Della Rocca – Jacksonville - Fr. - Mt. Sinai, N.Y. - Undeclared
D - Kristin Ridenour - Jacksonville - Fr. - Alpharetta, Ga. - Biology
M - Sydney Farwick - Kennesaw State - Fr. - Columbus, Ohio - Nursing
A - Olivia Hokanson - Kennesaw State - Fr. - Crofton, Md. - Business Management
M - Lindsay Summers - Stetson - Fr. - Fallston, Md. - Undeclared
*- Unanimous Choice
 

 

Eric Townsend,
Staff
4/30/2014 12:00 PM