Women's Lacrosse Puts Seven on All-SAA Teams

Women's Lacrosse Puts Seven on All-SAA Teams

ATLANTA – The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team had seven student-athletes selected to 2018 All-Southern Athletic Association teams, including one named Newcomer of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday.

BSC had two picked to the All-SAA First Team, three to the Second Team and two named Honorable Mention.

Freshman attack Ryanne Ritter (Pelham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS) was named the SAA Newcomer of the Year and placed on the Second Team. Ritter finished second on the team and tied for fifth in the conference in goals with 57. She also had 16 assists, giving her 73 total points in 2018. Ritter had five games with five or more goals, including a career-high eight goals against Huntingdon in the season-opener.

Picked to the First Team were senior attack Natalie Daniel (Ooltewah, Tenn./Baylor School) and sophomore midfielder Jade Cox (Rome, Ga./Darlington School).

Daniel scored 49 goals, assisted on 13 others and led the conference in draw controls with 121. She also had 48 groundballs and finished the year with an 88 shot-on-goal percentage.

Cox was Birmingham-Southern top goal-scorer and finished fourth in the SAA with 58 goals. She recorded four assists and led the team in groundballs and caused turnovers, fourth in the conference in the latter two categories.

On the Second Team were Ritter, junior attack Katie Gleeson (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin HS) and senior midfielder Ashley Shepherd (Dandridge, Tenn./Jefferson County HS).

Gleeson scored 38 goals and led BSC with 19 assists, finishing the year with 57 points. She had 22 caused turnovers and finished the season with an 87.3 shot-on-goal percentage.

Shepherd was third on the team with 50 goals scored and she assisted on 14 others. Shepherd finished her final season with 36 groundballs, 40 draw controls, 10 caused turnovers and a 74.1 shot-on-goal percentage.

Finally, selected Honorable Mention, were senior defenders Catherine Duncan (McDonald, Tenn./Baylor School) and Rachel Stokes (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood HS).

Duncan had 15 caused turnovers and 21 groundballs while Stokes had 14 caused turnovers and 32 groundballs. Stokes also recorded an assist and made one appearance at goalie, recording one save.

Birmingham-Southern ended its 2018 season with a 9-7 overall record, 3-3 record in the SAA and a semifinal appearance in the conference tournament.