May 12, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team had four players selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Region teams, the IWLCA announced on Friday (May 12).
Junior Kasey Behr (Northport, N.Y.) and sophomore Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) earned first team honors. Freshman Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) and senior Kelly Reese (Severna Park, Md.) were named to the second team.
The IWLCA has honored 128 student-athletes in Division I with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2017. These student-athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Wednesday, May 17. The IWLCA will honor the National All-Americans at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Md.
This is the second All-Region honor for Behr. The midfielder has been a key player on offense and defense, as well as serving as the draw specialist for the Cavaliers this season. A second-team All-ACC selection, Behr is fourth on the team in goals (32), third in draw controls (35) and caused turnovers (23), and fifth in ground balls (33). Behr has scored multiple goals in 10 games this season, with five of those being hat tricks.
Jackson received her first All-Region honor after leading UVA in points (66), ground balls (53), draw controls (66) and caused turnovers (31) this season. She is the only player in the ACC to lead her team in each of those categories. A first-team All-ACC selection, Jackson leads the ACC with 2.79 ground balls per game, recording multiple ground balls in 14 of 19 contests. The midfielder has had at least one point in every game and has scored in all but two of those. She has scored multiple goals in six games and dished out multiple assists in 11 games.
Mueller continue to rack up honors after being named the ACC Freshman of the Year last week. The midfielder leads UVA with five game-winning goals this season and is third on the team with 35 goals. She has scored in all but two contests and started her collegiate career with a streak of 11 games with at least one goal. Mueller is also second on the team with 26 caused turnovers and third in ground balls (43).
This is the first All-Region honor for Reese. The attacker leads Virginia with 40 goals this season, which ranks 11th in the ACC, and is third on the team with 50 points. Reese has recorded a hat trick in eight games this season, and had a stretch of five-straight. She was named ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on March 21, after averaging 4.00 goals per game on 6.00 shots per game in wins over Loyola and then-No. 10 Notre Dame. Reese has scored a goal in all but two games this year.
Virginia begins play in the 2017 NCAA Championship today against Elon at 5 p.m. at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. The winner of the first round contest will advance to play No. 2 seed North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.