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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.
Merrisa Heraldson netted back-to-back goals late in the first half that helped put Georgetown College lacrosse ahead for good at Missouri Baptist University. The senior scored GC's sixth and seventh goals as the team won 14-6.
The No. 5 Tigers (7-4, 2-1) trailed three times early, but junior Doreen Brabble bookended a 6-1 run over the final 13 minutes as the visitors emerged victorious.
Heraldson had three goals in that stretch, while Brabble had two and Shelby Campbell one. Avery Blackmon had the lone assist in that burst, setting up Heraldson's first one.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse player Avery Blackmon broke a program record, her own, with 20 draw controls in a game against University of the Cumberlands. This helped to catapult the No. 5 Tigers (6-4) to a pair of wins and she earned her first NAIA National Defender of the Week honor.
In the 19-15 win over the No. 8 Patriots, she added six goals and four assists with her 20 draw controls as GC took the road victory. GC turned around on Saturday and won 17-9 over receiving votes Reinhardt University. She scored three goals and had three assists with a game-high nine draw controls.
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