ATLANTA (April 25, 2019) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2019 All-SAA Women's Lacrosse awards, Thursday. The award winners were selected exclusively by the league's head coaches and SAA staff.
Jade Cox of Birmingham-Southern was named SAA Offensive Player of the Year. Katie Gleeson of Birmingham-Southern was named the SAA Defensive Player of the Year while Baylee Barker of Rhodes captured the league's SAA Newcomer of the Year honor. Finally, Michele Dombrowski of Sewanee earned the league's SAA Coach of the Year award.
Cox was outstanding on the offensive end. The BSC attacker led the league in shots (173), ranked second in goals (78), and 23rd in assists. She also finished the regular season as the leader in conference goals (31) and free-position goals (17). Cox was accurate with her shot, putting 74.3 percent of her attempts on goal and scoring 45.1 percent of the time.
On the opposite side of the field, Gleeson was a great two-way player. On offense, she finished 46 goals, 18 assists, and 64 points. However, good her offensive numbers were, it was her defense that made her stand out. Gleeson led the SAA in groundballs (97) and caused turnovers (70). She also added 45 draws.
In her first season of collegiate lacrosse, Barker was one of the top offensive players in the SAA. The first-year Lynx finished with 68 goals, 19 assists, and 87 points. She also ranked second in draws with 97.
Finally, Dombrowski led the Tigers to a 12-7overall record. During the regular season, Sewanee went 5-1 in conference play and a perfect 5-0 on the road.
Statistically, Sewanee ranked first in assists (152), third in goals (264), while leading the league in caused turnovers (316).
For a complete list of honorees, please click the link above.
About the SAA
The SAA is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and is committed to fostering athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, residential liberal arts colleges located in the southeastern region of the United States. The SAA core members include Berry College, Birmingham-Southern College, Centre College, Hendrix College, Millsaps College, Oglethorpe University, Rhodes College, and the University of the South.