Lombard-Adair Chosen A-10 Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year; Katelyn Honeyford Named to First Team
May 2, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, PA - George Washington women's lacrosse head coach Chrissy Lombard-Adair was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year for the second time during her three-year tenure in a vote conducted by the league's head coaches and released by the conference office on Wednesday.
Junior defender Katelyn Honeyford was the lone Colonials' player represented on the All-Conference First Team after earning honorable mention honors in 2006. Seniors Molly Gannon and Kristina Harvey and junior Kristin Karcsh were selected to the second team, while freshman Taylor Donohue was placed on the All-Rookie Team.
Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Garman earned her second consecutive Academic All-Conference nod in voting conducted by the league's Sports Information Directors.
Lombard-Adair captures her second Coach of the Year award in three seasons after guiding the Colonials to a share of their first A-10 regular-season title and a school-record six conference victories. After being picked to finish fifth in the A-10 preseason coaches poll, GW rolled to a program-best 6-1 league mark and advanced to the conference tournament for the second time.
Honeyford continues to lead GW and ranks in the Top 12 in the nation in both caused turnovers (2.25) and ground balls per game (3.00) despite missing the final four games of the regular-season with a knee injury. Honeyford, who earned an A-10 Co-Player of the Week award on April 9, has also set single-season career-highs with 19 points, 15 goals and four assists.
Gannon, a defender who played in her program-record 67th career game against St. Bonaventure last Sunday, leads the Colonials with 23 draw controls and ranks second on the team with 24 caused turnovers. The team tri-captain is in the Top 4 all-time at GW in career caused turnovers (83), ground balls (111) and draw controls (75).
Harvey, a tri-captain, has enjoyed a break-out second season in a Buff and Blue uniform, setting single-season career-highs with 36 points, 26 goals and 10 assists. The UConn transfer has also added 13 ground balls, 11 draw controls and seven caused turnovers from her attacking position.
Karcsh has stepped up as GW's primary offensive option this season, totaling a team-leading 60 points on 41 goals and 19 assists through 16 games. She has scored at least one point in all 16 games this spring, including 13 multi-point efforts and a career-high nine-point performance at La Salle on April 13. The team tri-captain and 2006 honorable mention All-Conference pick is fourth on the team with 19 draw controls and fifth with 26 ground balls. She was named A-10 Co-Player of the Week on April 16.
Donohue is tied for fourth in the league with three game-winning goals and leads all GW rookies with 20 points, 17 goals and three assists. Donohue was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on April 23 after scoring a career-high four goals and five points in the Colonials' 9-1 victory against Saint Joseph's on April 22.
Garman becomes GW's sixth Academic All-Conference selection in the six-year history of the program and second repeat honoree. The communications major allowed just 7.84 goals per game in conference play, turning away 50 percent of her shots faced. With 124 saves this season, Garman is the program's all-time leader with 333 career stops.
GW closed the regular season with three consecutive wins to improve to 10-6 overall, the second-most victories in school history. The Colonials captured the No. 2 seed in qualifying for their second-ever Atlantic 10 Championship tournament and will face third-seeded St. Bonaventure in the semifinals at Temple's Geasey Field this Friday, May 4, at 3:30 pm.