ATLANTA – The Birmingham-Southern women's lacrosse team had four student-athletes named to 2019 All-Southern Athletic Association teams, the conference announced on Thursday.
BSC's all-conference selections were highlighted by two Panthers who earned yearly honors.
Junior midfielder Jade Cox (Rome, Ga./Darlington School) and senior midfielder Katie Gleeson (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin HS) were tabbed as the SAA Offensive Player of the Year and the SAA Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.
Cox was the team leader in goals for the Panthers and second in the league in that respect this season. She scored an astonishing 78 goals this season, which set a new single-season program record. Cox also added seven assists for 85 total points and had 78 draw controls, which was third-best in the SAA. At the end of the season, Cox had nine games in which she scored five or more goals. This is her third time to earn All-SAA honors and second straight year she has been an All-SAA First Team selection.
Gleeson had a great year on the defensive end for BSC this season. She led the nation in caused turnovers per game (4.12) and total turnovers (70) this year and was first in those categories in the SAA by a large margin. She had seven games with five or more caused turnovers, and Gleeson was also the conference leader in ground balls with 97 total. Gleeson has earned All-SAA honors all four years at BSC and this was her third time on the all-conference First Team.
Rounding out BSC's all-conference selections were sophomores Mari Clair Harmon (Houston, Texas/Northland Christian HS) and Carly Gainey (Peachtree City, Ga./Starr's Mill HS), who were tabbed for Second Team honors.
Harmon had 24 goals and two assists this season, adding 42 draw controls for the year. She finished with a 74.1 shot-on-goal percentage with 81 shots taken.
Gainey, a defender, started every game for the Panthers and had 18 caused turnovers in her first season with BSC. She also picked up 45 ground balls.
It was the first All-SAA recognition for both Harmon and Gainey.
Birmingham-Southern finished the season with a 7-10 record overall and a 3-3 record in the SAA. The Panthers season ended with a 16-11 defeat to Hendrix in the conference tournament quarterfinals.
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