ATLANTA - The Southern Athletic Association has announced on Thursday that nine Sewanee student-athletes have been selected to the All-SAA Women's Lacrosse Team. In addition, head coach Michele Dombrowski has been chosen as the conference's Coach of the Year.
Selected to the All-Conference First Team include Brianna Young, Grace Zechman, Logan Bulls and Sarah Strand. Annie Sherrill, Hattie Fogarty and Anna Comer were listed as Second Team honorees, and Kelly Thomsen and Brooke Winfield were each mentioned as an Honorable Mention.
Young wraps up a stellar career in goal for the Tigers, earning her second All-SAA First Team selection. In 2019, the Feeding Hills, Mass. native went 6-5 on the year with a conference-best 54.0 save percentage, stopping 94 of 174 shots. Averaging 8.66 goals allowed in 554 minutes, the senior concludes her four-year career with a 26-19 record with 381 saves and a 54.3 save percentage.
After an Honorable Mention nod in 2018, Zechman earns a First Team honor at the attack position in 2019. The junior led the program with 74 points, sixth-best in the league. 58 of her 74 points have come via the assist for the Lancaster, Pa. native, which leads the SAA and is second in all of NCAA Division III. Her 3.41 assists per game are seventh-best in the nation.
Her 58 assists are not only a school record for most assists in a season, but it is also the most in the history of the Southern Athletic Association.
Against DePauw on March 27, she became the new school holder for assists in a career with a personal-best nine assists in the 17-8 win. Currently with 104, Zechman will look chase down Maggie Rippeto's 134 for the most assists in a career inside conference play.
Bulls earned her first All-SAA selection of her two-year career with the Tigers. The Woodstock, Md. native forced a team-high 43 turnovers, good for third-best in the league and racked up 59 ground balls for fifth place in the league.
Strand collects her first All-Conference selection in her career for the sophomore. The Natick, Mass. native scored 58 points on 47 goals, seventh-best in the league, and 11 assists. In addition, the midfielder also won 72 draw controls for the fourth-most in the league.
Sherrill garners her first All-Conference selection in her three-year career. As a defender, the Charlotte, N.C. native forced 13 turnovers and scooped up a career-best 32 ground balls.
Fogarty recorded a stellar first season with the women's lacrosse program at Sewanee. The Memphis, Tenn. native scored 41 points on 21 goals and 20 assists on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, the freshman forced 35 turnovers, won 44 draws and scooped up 64 ground balls, fourth-best in the league.
Comer earns her second All-SAA honor in her career for the senior. The Charlotte, N.C. native scored 32 points on 18 goals and 14 assists while forcing 39 turnovers and won 31 draws. Comer concludes her career with 101 points (61 goals, 40 assists), 98 caused turnovers, 93 draw controls and 143 ground balls.
Thomsen collects her first postseason award with the conference in her four-year career. The Waxhaw, N.C. native recorded career-highs on the offensive side of the ball in points (41), goals (26) and assists (15). The senior also won 20 draw controls and scooped up 24 ground balls. She concludes her career with 93 points (61 goals, 32 assists) and 82 draw controls.
Winfield earns her second All-Conference selection in her four-year career with the Purple and Gold. The Wilmington, Del. native forced 40 turnovers and scooped up 48 ground balls, while scored 31 points on 23 goals and eight assists. The senior concludes her career with 109 points, 72 goals and 37 assists, 93 caused turnovers and 128 ground balls.
Dombrowski earns her third SAA Coach of the Year honor with the league, winning the award in 2013 and 2015. The program finished the season with a 12-7 record, including an undefeated mark away from Puett Field.
Under her leadership in 2019, the team leads the conference in assists (152) and caused turnovers (316), and third in scoring (264). In the national ranks, the program is ranked fourth in caused turnovers per game (16.63), seventh in ground balls per game (29.53), 21st in assists per game (8.0), and 37th in scoring defense (7.89).
Concluding her 12th year as a head coach, Dombrowski is 138-71 with the Sewanee women's lacrosse program with two conference championships.