GRAND LAKE, Colo. – After each being named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's (IWLCA) All-Berkshire Region First Team earlier this spring, the Amherst College women's lacrosse team had three players garner IWLCA Division III All-America honors, as announced by the organization Wednesday.
Junior defender Sabrina Solow was named an IWLCA First Team All-American for her efforts on the field in 2018, while senior attacker Julia Crerend and first-year midfielder Maia Noyes each secured All-America Second Team honors.
The IWLCA named 57 student-athletes to the Division III All-America teams for 2018, with 19 student-athletes named to each of the three teams. Of the 57 players selected for the distinction, 18 represent NESCAC institutions, with seven NESCAC student-athletes landing on the First Team, six earning Second Team nods and five capturing Third Team honors. Middlebury led the pack with four All-American selections, followed by Amherst (3), Trinity (3), Tufts (3) Bowdoin (2), Wesleyan (2) and Colby (1).
The reigning NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, Solow continues to rake in postseason accolades after a sensational junior season in which she was named First Team All-NESCAC and First Team IWLCA All-Region as the anchor of a dominant Amherst defense. Her first All-American nod, the Madison, N.J. native earns First Team honors after picking up 54 ground balls and causing 39 turnovers this spring to lead Amherst in both categories. One of just four Mammoths to start all 20 contests for Amherst, Solow was critical to a defensive unit that held opponents to five-or-fewer goals in seven games this season and finished the year ranked 20th in Division III in scoring defense, allowing just 7.30 goals per game.
An attacker from New Canaan, Conn., Crerend closes out her collegiate career as a Second Team All-American, her first All-American accolade. Claiming First Team All-NESCAC and All-Region honors for her play in 2018, Crerend distinguished herself as one of the nation's top offensive threats – scoring a goal in all but one game this season and recording multi-point performances in 18 of 20 contests. Netting a team-high 56 scores and dishing out nine assists for 65 total points, Crerend concluded the spring with 22 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers, seven draw controls and a 43.1 shot percentage.
Impressing in her first year on the turf for the Mammoths, Noyes joins Crerend as a Second Team All-American after being named the NESCAC's Rookie of the Year and to the All-NESCAC and All-Region First Team. Registering three-or-more points in eight games, Noyes quickly became a critical component in the midfield, potting 26 goals and tallying 26 assists to rank third on Amherst in points with 52. A multifaceted two-way player, the Lexington, Mass. native amassed 29 ground balls, 21 caused turnovers and a 41.3 shot percentage, while leading the Mammoths in draw controls with 75.