Wetmore named SAA Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year; nine Panthers earn All-SAA honors

Emily Wetmore (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Emily Wetmore (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Emily Wetmore has been voted the Southern Athletic Association Coach of the Year, and nine Panthers earned post-season All-Conference honors, the league office announced today.

Wetmore recently completed her fifth season at Birmingham-Southern, producing the program's finest season by matching the record for most wins (12) and capturing a share of the 2016 SAA Regular Season crown. Under Wetmore's guidance, the 2016 season included trademark one-goal victories versus Centre to open the season and at Sewanee to finish it. Prior to joining the Panthers, Wetmore had brief stints at Allegheny and Franklin Pierce. As an undergrad, Wetmore played lacrosse for three seasons at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., helping lead the Skyhawks to the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Senior attacker Amanda Amerson, sophomore goalkeeper Chloe Massoni, sophomore midfielder Ashley Shepherd, and freshman midfielder Katie Gleeson all earned First-Team All-SAA accoldes. Junior defender Rachel Stokes landed on the Second Team, and sophomore attacker Natalie Daniel, freshman midfielder Alyssa Gentyzel, senior defender Shana O'Brien, and sophomore defender Catherine Duncan were all named to the Honorable Mention All-Conference Team.

BSC went 12-5 this year including a 5-1 mark in conference play, advancing to the semifinals of the SAA Championship.