Five Mustangs Earn All-Conference, Murphy Rookie of the Year

Five Mustangs Earn All-Conference, Murphy Rookie of the Year

ANNVILLE, Pa. - After finishing unbeaten in Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth play and earning the top-seed in the upcoming playoffs, the Stevenson women's lacrosse team had five players earn All-Conference honors, including freshman Caroline Murphy who was named the Rookie of the Year.

Senior Gabby DiGello and juniors Carly Bowes, Sarah Roerty, and Mack Ferguson were all named to the First Team while Murphy earned Second Team honors.

DiGello was named to her first all-conference team on defense. Starting in all 17 games, the senior finished tied for first on the team with 39 ground balls while ranking second with 29 caused turnovers, the latter ranking seventh in the conference. DiGello, who scored her first career goal this season and added an assist, ranks fourth on the team with 22 draw controls. In a win over Arcadia, Digello recorded seven ground balls and six caused turnovers.

Bowes earns her second consecutive all-conference nod after being named to the second team a season ago. The junior set the Stevenson single season record in goals and ranks third in the league with 59. Bowes shares the team lead with 39 ground balls and ranks third with 25 caused turnovers. She has a goal in 16 of the team's 17 games and has recorded nine games with at least four goals.

Roerty receives her third straight all-conference honor and second first team selection. Starting in all 17 games, the junior finished tied for first on the team with 39 ground balls while leading the team with 31 caused turnovers, a mark that ranks sixth in the conference. Roerty, who has a goal and an assist, recorded five ground balls, four caused turnovers, and two draw controls in a pivotal win over Messiah.

Ferguson earns her second consecutive all-conference selection after earning second team honors last year. The junior has posted a career season, totaling a career-high 157 saves while posting a career-low 9.06 goals against average. Her 51.3 save percentage in also a career-best. Ferguson leads the conference in both goals against average and save percentage and has totaled at least 10 saves in seven games.

Murphy ranks second on the team with 55 points and 45 goals, which rank 14th and ninth in the conference, respectively. The rookie has a point in all games but two and has netted a career-high five goals, four times. Murphy has also added 10 assists, 11 ground balls, 11 draw controls, and six caused turnovers.

Stevenson opens MAC Commonwealth tournament play on Wednesday, May 1 when the top-seeded Mustangs host fourth-seeded Widener in a semifinal contest beginning at 4:00 p.m.