PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 30, 2014) – Three members of the Rutgers women’s lacrosse team were named All-BIG EAST, the league announced Wednesday. Senior defender Chelsea Intrabartola (Commack, N.Y.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) were named to the first team, while senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) was named to the second team.
The two First Team All-BIG EAST selections are the first for Rutgers since the 2007 campaign, when Katie Batiuk and Nina Frankoski were named to the first team. Additionally, the three all-conference selections mark the most for RU since the 2008 campaign, when three Scarlet Knights were also named All-BIG EAST.
All three players were also tabbed to the 2014 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team prior to the beginning of the campaign.
Sbrilli led Rutgers offensively in the regular season, leading the team in both points (37) and goals (30), while tallying eight multi-goal games and five hat tricks in 16 games. The midfielder is also third on the squad in draw controls (18). Additionally, her 1.88 goals per game ranks ninth in the BIG EAST.
Clements finished right behind Sbrilli in both major offensive categories, totaling 30 points on 25 goals, while adding 29 draw controls, good for second on the squad. The attacker logged six multi-goal games in the regular season, highlighted by a stretch of five-straight contests where she tallied two or more scores.
Clements and Sbrilli were especially productive during BIG EAST play, recording 18 points each through the seven contests. Clements scored a team-best 16 goals in league action and assisted on two scores, while Sbrilli found the back of the net 14 times and dished a helper on four occasions. Additionally, 17 of Clements’ 29 draw controls came during league play.
Both players recorded six-point games during the conference slate, as well. Clements exploded for a career-high six goals against Cincinnati (April 17) en route to a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Her six goals marked the first time since the 2008 campaign that a Scarlet Knight netted six scores in a single game (Kristen Anderson vs. St. Joseph’s).
Sbrilli recorded a career-best six points (4G, 2A) in RU’s 11-10 win over Temple in the Scarlet Knights’ regular season finale. She also had a career-day against Georgetown (April 13), recording five goals. Sbrilli was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on three occasions this season.
Intrabartola earned the accolade after starting in all 17 games for the Scarlet Knights. A staple on the defensive line for Rutgers throughout her career, Intrabartola finished the 2014 regular season second on the squad in caused turnovers (15) and also scooped up 19 ground balls. The defender played a key role in RU’s 15-6 defeat of Cincinnati on April 17, causing four Bearcat turnovers to tie her career-high.
No. 4 Rutgers will take on No. 1 Louisville in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament Thursday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. Fans can watch the live stream free of charge on the BIG EAST website.
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
Kellie Young, Louisville*
BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year
Nikki Boltja, Senior, Louisville*
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year
Kaylin Morissette, Sophomore, Louisville
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Monica Negron, Senior, Louisville
All-BIG EAST First Team
*Nikki Boltja, Louisville, Sr., A
*Faye Brust, Louisville, Jr., A
Cortnee Daley, Louisville, So., M
*Adrianne Devine, Georgetown, Jr., D
*Kelyn Freedman, Georgetown, Sr., M
Chelsea Intrabartola, Rutgers, Sr., D
Lauren Kahn, Connecticut, Sr., M
Lauren Kwasnowski, Connecticut, So., D
Steph McNamara, Louisville, Fr., D
*Kaylin Morissette, Louisville, M
Shannon Nee, Connecticut, GK
*Monica Negron, Louisville, Sr., D
Kacey Pippitt, Connecticut, Sr., A
Jamie Redding, Louisville, Sr., A
Lauren Sbrilli, Rutgers, R-Jr., M
Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown, Jr., A
* unanimous selection
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Hayley Baas, Marquette, So., M
Amanda Bochniak, Marquette, Fr., A
Maggie Brown, Georgetown, Sr., D
Megan Clements, Rutgers, Sr., A
Ali Crofts, Connecticut, So., M
Corinne Etchison, Georgetown, So., A
Kate Finkleston, Connecticut, So., A
Hannah Franklin, Georgetown, Sr., M
Elizabeth Goslee, Marquette, So., D
Leslee Hefner, Louisville, Sr., D
Chelsey Henderson, Villanova, So., M
Jaqi Kakalecik, Temple, R-So., GK
Jess Mucci, Villanova, Jr., A
Maddie McTigue, Temple, So., D
Sarah Priem, Marquette, GK
Jaymie Tabor, Temple, Sr., A
Nicole Tiernan, Temple, So., M
^Due to a tie in voting, an additional member was added to the Second Team
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