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Georgetown College women's lacrosse's Merrisa Heraldson, Avery Blackmon, Samantha Dearing and Rachel Kidwell received NAIA All-America status as announced following the conclusion of the 2017 NAIA National Invitational Championship.
Heraldson, a three-time All-American, was named first-team. She graduates with 200 points for her three seasons as a Tiger and holds two in-game records – most goals (12) and most points (12).
Blackmon, a two-time first-team All-American, is Georgetown's first consensus All-American. This means all voting parties agreed she was on this list. Blackmon currently has 106 goals, 60 assists and 209 draw controls in two seasons. She holds three in-game records – draw controls (20), assists (5) and turnover plus/minus (9).
Avery Blackmon netted two free position shots and an unassisted goal, helping Georgetown College lacrosse claw back into Thursday's NAIA Invitational Championship quarterfinal game with Indiana Tech. The Warriors (15-4) jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead in less than seven minutes. However, GC (9-5) showed no quit as Merrisa Heraldson scored her second goal of the game. The No. 5 Tigers went on a 4-1 run at that point to back within three with just more than three minutes remaining.
However, Indiana Tech scored three more goals before the half to take a commanding 11-5 advantage. A 5-0 spurt out of the break made it a running clock and the Warriors never looked back. Blackmon scored three more times in a span of six minutes to bring the game back to clock stoppage, 17-8, but Tech added the final goal to finish off the rain soaked affair.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse went 4-1 in the NAIA Independent Conference and collected an onslaught of honors as the season wrapped up this past Friday. The No. 5 Tigers (9-4) picked up five first-team honors and two second-team with two specialty awards.
"When you are in a conference with the top ranked team in the nation and receive as many accolades as we did speaks volumes for what these young ladies have done all season," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "When other coaches see what you see and feel about your players the way we do, it's pretty validating. We challenged ourselves this year and this team has stood up to that test and improved. We are really hitting a stride and are looking forward to postseason."
For the second straight season Merrisa Heraldson, Avery Blackmon and Rachel Kidwell were first-team, joining them were Sam Dearing and Amber Hunley. Dearing was honorable mention in 2016 and it was Hunley first NAIA conference honor.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse is finding its stride at the right time. Sitting at 4-4, the team has roared down the stretch and toasted the seniors Friday with an 18-4 victory. The No. 5 Tigers (9-4) wasted little time, scoring five goals in the first two minutes and 19 seconds. They cruised from there against Keiser University. It was a running clock before halftime and never stopped again.
Avery Blackmon led the charge, scoring six goals – reaching 100 for her career at Georgetown. She added two assists and 10 draw controls – her seventh gave her 200 in her career.
GC sent Brooklyn Fox, Merrisa Heraldson, Sam Dearing, Shelby Campbell and Amber Hunley out in style.
For the second time this season Georgetown College women's lacrosse sweeps the NAIA Independent Conference Player of the Week honors.
Senior Merrisa Heraldson scored 13 goals and had four assists in a pair of road wins for her second Offensive Player of the Week award. Her six goals against Missouri Baptist matched the hosts output in a 14-6 win to start the week. She followed that up with a seven goal, four assist performance against Lindenwood-Belleville. She was one assist shy in that game from tying her own in-game record.