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Georgetown College senior Bea Cameron caps off her stellar lacrosse season with one final accolade. The Lexington, Ky. native is the 2016 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association NAIA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
IWLCA picks one player senior or graduate student from each level with a 3.5 grade point average or higher and they must be a starter or significant reserve.
Cameron posted a 3.53 with a psychology and environmental science double major. Athletically, she finished the year as National Women's Lacrosse League Defender of the Year and earned All-American status in the NWLL as well as NAIA.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse displayed heart and resolve in its first national title game. The No. 2 Tigers (14-4) fell behind Davenport University (17-3) 9-5 early in the second half, but rallied to make the No. 4 Panthers sweat it out in the NAIA National Women's Lacrosse Invitational Tournament championship game. DU, which hosted the NWLL crown just a week earlier, held on for a 13-9 victory.
"We were tired, but we never stopped," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "It is that sort of drive that will propel us into the fall and hopefully right back here in the spring. These ladies continue to impress and reach goals way ahead of the curve, but it isn't surprising to me or anyone else that spends time around them.
"They are all hard workers and extremely driven. They've gotten a taste of playing for a title, I know that will spur them to be better next year."
Merrisa Heraldson busted up a seven all game Friday afternoon in the NAIA Women's Lacrosse Invitational semifinals. The junior scored one of her four goals, igniting a burst which halted No. 3 Lawrence Technological University as the No. 2 Tigers roared to a 12-8 victory, punching a ticket for the second-year program's first national championship final appearance.
GC will play No. 4 Davenport University 1 pm Saturday in Greenville, S.C.
"It was a heck of a game and I'm proud of the way we just kept going," said Tigers' coach Brandon Davis. "Every time Lawrence Tech came at us, we had a response from someone. It was a total team effort today."
Georgetown scored five of the final six goals capped off by Kat Leighty's goal with two minutes left. Heraldson led the team with four goals, while Avery Blackmon had three goals and three assists.
Bea Cameron scored three of the first four Georgetown College women's lacrosse goals in the NAIA Invitational Tournament quarterfinals in Greenville, S.C. The senior assisted on the other and it was all GC from the start against Tennessee Wesleyan College. The No. 2 Tigers (13-3) raced out to a double-digit lead two-thirds of the way through the first half and took a 21-6 victory at Sirrine Stadium.
"It's a good first win, but we have more business to take care of," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "This is our best postseason showing. It was nice to have Kaysie Smith back on the field. We played well as a team, now we refocus for Friday."
Georgetown has a rematch with Lawrence Technological University at 10 am with a chance to advance to the finals on the line. These two teams met a week ago in the NWLL semifinal game. The Blue Devils (15-7) won that match-up, but the Tigers won the first meeting this season.
The rematch of the 2015 NWLL National Tournament third place game did not disappoint Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2016 tournament. Georgetown College women's lacrosse built a large enough cushion and held on against No. 7 Robert Morris University – Chicago. The No. 2 Tigers (12-2) won 8-7 to advance to the semifinals for the second straight season. They will face No. 3 Lawrence Technological Institute, an 18-5 winner in its first round game, 7:30 pm Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "There isn't a team here that isn't a top-notch program. It was our first game in almost a week with a lot of extra distractions with travel, hotels and the banquet. With a young team that can be scary, but we focused in and took care of business."