CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia women’s lacrosse team had four players named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region Teams, the organization announced on Tuesday (May 21).
Senior Maggie Jackson (Alexandria, Va.) and junior Sammy Mueller (Pelham, N.Y.) earned first team honors. Seniors Allison Shields (Phoenix, Md.) and Avery Shoemaker (Wyndmoor, Pa.) were named to the second team.
This is the second first-team All-Region honor and third overall for Jackson, a 2017 All-American. Jackson finished her UVA career as the all-time leader in draw controls with 301. She tallied 94 draws this season, ranking fourth in a single-season for the Cavaliers. The midfielder was second on the team with 71 points on 34 goals and 37 assists. Her 37 assists rank fourth all-time in a single season. Jackson scored multiple goals in 11 games with multiple assists in 10 contests, including a career-high five assists in the win over Virginia Tech on Senior Day.
Mueller has earned All-Region honors all three years, with this marking her first first-team selection. The midfielder was voted a 2018 All-American despite being an All-Region second team selection. Mueller led Virginia with 72 points on 48 goals and a career-high 24 assists. She led the Cavaliers with 57 ground balls, leading the ACC in ground balls per game (2.85), and had a team-high 27 caused turnovers to rank seventh in the ACC. Mueller matched a career-high with six goals in three games. She scored a career-high eight points in the wins over Louisville and No. 14 Navy. Mueller finished with 80 draws to rank seventh all-time in a single season at UVA.
Shoemaker earned her second-straight All-Region selection. The attacker led the Cavaliers with 52 goals this season, finishing with 68 points. Shoemaker scored multiple goals in 14 games with nine hat tricks. She had a career-high six goals in the win over George Mason and finished with a career-high seven points in the season-opening win over then-No. 13 Navy. Shoemaker was fourth in the ACC in free position percentage (.583). She was perfect on free positions in six games, including going 3-for-3 in two of those.
This is the first All-Region honor for Shields. The defender was second on the team in ground balls (32) and caused turnovers (25). She ranks ninth in the ACC with 1.32 caused turnovers per game. Shields began the season with two or more caused turnovers in the first five games of the season, notching a career-high three in three of those. She had at least one caused turnover in 13 contests and had a ground ball 14. Shields recorded a career-high four ground balls in wins against Elon and then-No. 7 James Madison.
The IWLCA has honored 128 student-athletes in Division I with a selection to one of the All-Region teams for 2019. These student-athletes are now eligible to be named to a national IWLCA All-American team. The IWLCA will celebrate the 2019 All-Americans during Divisional All-American Specials, which will be aired on Lax Sports Network in mid-June.