SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo placed five on the inaugural All-Sunshine State Conference women's lacrosse teams announced Tuesday, with senior Christina Minneci getting the nod to the conference's First Team. Newcomers Abbie Ross and Amanda Coppolo, sophomore Kelsey Burns, and junior Allie Sheftall were tabbed with Second Team All-SSC honors.
"I am so proud of the individual accomplishments of our all-conference recipients" said Lesley Graham, Saint Leo head women's lacrosse coach. "They worked tirelessly on the field, providing a consistent level of play that helped our team reach another winning season. It is a great honor for them to be recognized by the other coaches in the league, especially with the depths of talent the Sunshine State Conference has in women's lacrosse."
Minneci was arguably Saint Leo's top all-around player during the 2015 campaign. She was third on the team in goals (24) and points (30), and was second in ground balls (36) and caused turnovers (19). Her seven caused turnovers versus Roberts Wesleyan set a new Saint Leo single game record. Minneci also finished third on the team in draw controls (24). Five of Minneci's goals came against SSC opponents, including four in conference round-robin play.
Minneci finished her career with 121 points, 87 goals, 152 ground balls, and 61 caused turnovers - all records in the program's four-year history.
Ross developed into Saint Leo's top scorer this season, finishing the year with 29 goals to go with three assists for 32 points. Her 1.88 goals per game ranked ninth in the SSC, and she was 13th in the conference with her 2.06 points per game. Ross recorded at least one point in all but one regular season game in 2015, and recorded five goals versus SSC rivals.
Coppolo was Saint Leo's top defender over 17 games during her first season with the Lions, after taking a year away from the sport while playing field hockey at Hartwick College in 2013. She tallied 16 caused turnovers during the 2015 campaign while picking up 17 ground balls, and she also recorded four goals on four shots on goal during her first season in green and gold.
Burns was tied with Ross for a team-leading 32 points in 2015 on 26 goals and six assists, and was 16th in the Sunshine State Conference with a 1.88 points per game. She averaged 1.53 goals per game, and among her 26 total goals were eight goals against SSC opponents – six of those during conference round-robin play. Burns also had 22 ground balls during the season, with 17 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.
Sheftall recorded a team-leading 49 draw controls during 2015, and her 2.88 draw controls per game ranked eighth in the Sunshine State Conference. She recorded a high of nine draw controls in the Lions' 13-11 win over Florida Tech, matching a program single-game record. Sheftall finished the season with 16 goals and seven assists for 23 points, including hat tricks versus Florida Tech and Bloomsburg.
Tyler Thomas of Rollins College was named the SSC Player of the Year, while Florida Southern's Ashley Seborowski and Rollins' Malorie Olin share Freshman of the Year honors. Rollins head coach Dennis Short was named Coach of the Year.
The Lions finished the season with a 9-8 overall record, 2-2 in SSC competition. Saint Leo qualified for the inaugural SSC Championship, facing 11th-ranked Rollins in the semifinals.
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