Van Voorhis, Gore named inaugural SCAC Women's Lacrosse Players of the Year

SUWANEE, Ga.—In exclusive 2011 all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference voting by the league’s head women’s lacrosse coaches, BSC's Chelsea Van Voorhis was selected SCAC Offensive Co-Player-of-the-Year, while Stephanie Gore was voted conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

Gore and Van Voorhis were also named First-Team All-Conference, while senior Ashley Johnson, junior Lyndsay Griffin, and freshmen Madeline Golden and Hailey Massa earned Second-Team honors.

In the same balloting, Sarah Mastey of Centre College was also Offensive Co-Player-of-the-Year, Meg Hawthorne of Centre and Elise Buchard of Colorado College were tabbed as SCAC Co-Rookies-of-the-Year, and Colorado College head coach Susan Stuart was selected SCAC Coach-of-the-Year.

Centre’s Sarah Mastey, a first-year midfielder from Chattanooga, Tenn., led the SCAC in almost every offensive category in her inaugural season in the league, including points (86) points, points per game (5.06), goals (75), goals per game (4.41), draw controls (5.0) and game-winning goals (four). In the last NCAA statistical rankings, Mastey was fifth in the nation in goals scored, ninth in goals scored per game, 15th in points and 11th in draw controls. She had a season-high nine points (7 goals, 2 assists) in an 18-4 victory over Fontbonne on April 10.

Chelsea Van Voorhis, a junior attacker from Dallas, Ga., and Birmingham-Southern’s leading scorer this season, finished fourth in the SCAC in points (68) and fifth in both goals (56), goals per game (3.73) and points per game (4.53). She was also tied for sixth in assists (12) and sixth alone in assists per game (0.8). VanVoorhis had a season-best eight goals in an April 8, 19-18, double overtime loss at Centre.

Mastey and Van Voorhis picked up two votes each in sharing the league’s Offensive Player-of-the-Year award. Junior midfielder Meg Welton of Sewanee-The University of the South received the remaining vote.

Birmingham-Southern’s Stephanie Gore, a sophomore defender from Davie, Fla., led the SCAC in ground balls, averaging 4.53 per game (18th in the nation) as well as caused turnovers with 2.27 per game (24th in the nation) – and was the only player in the conference to be ranked in the top 100 nationally in both categories. She also chipped in offensively with eight goals and three assists for 11 points.

Gore received three votes for SCAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year, followed closely by sophomore defender Hollis Moore of Colorado College who received the remaining two votes.

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