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Merrisa Heraldson took 10 shots Saturday in Georgetown College women's lacrosse season opener at Tennessee Wesleyan University. The senior netted seven of those, leading the No. 3 Tigers (1-0) over the Bulldogs 20-8.
The home team had three leads in a tight first half, but the Tigers roared late with three goals inside the final five minutes. They opened with two more unanswered goals for a 9-5 lead. TWU closed the gap, but never lead again.
The Bulldogs had three straight goals and for just more than three minutes it was a 9-8 GC game. The Tigers responded with 11 unanswered goals, three of which came from Beth Haynes, in the final 21 minutes.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse enters a new era of its young program – playing in the NAIA. The athletic organization most of the rest of the Tiger teams play in added NAIA as an invitational sport a season ago and continues to build on this process, moving all teams playing in the NWLL into NAIA for 2017.
With the formation of the new competition sport, the WLCA helped to shape some building blocks including a preseason players to watch list.
Sophomores Avery Blackmon and Rachel Kidwell were two of the nine honorees on this list.
At the conclusion of its sophomore varsity season the Georgetown College women's lacrosse team returned home to Georgetown, Ky. with the NAIA National Invitational runner-up trophy. After graduating three seniors, including an All-American three-year captain and the NWLL National Defender of the Year, the Tigers had big cleats to fill in order to preserve a chance to again fight for the NAIA national title.
Coach Brandon Davis considers them filled and overflowing with the addition of 11 names to the 2016-17 roster.
Georgetown College has a pair of Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association student-athlete honorees. Wednesday afternoon the organization announced its team honors and the Tigers were one of six NAIA schools to be recognized for their cumulative grade point average.
Friday afternoon, Anna Joy Thompson and Brooklyn Fox, were among 23 NAIA student-athletes to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA. The pair were also honored by the National Women's Lacrosse League at the end of the season as academic All-Americans and as NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse team received another academic honor Wednesday afternoon. The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association announced the 2015-16 Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads. The Tigers were one of only six NAIA programs to have tallied a team cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher and one of 276 total among NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA teams.
"It speaks volumes to me when we are as successful as we are on the field and receiving accolades such as this," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "They have to work extra hard and be ever mindful of time and planning in order to excel in the classroom while playing a sport.
"I could not be prouder of my team and for the way they took care of business inside the classroom as well as on the field."
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