11 Lacrosse Trojans Named to MPSF All-Academic Team

    USC lacrosse senior Kaila Sommi

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    May 29, 2015

    WOODLAND, Calif. - The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) announced its 2015 All-Academic Teams on Friday, May 29, and honored 11 USC lacrosse players. Senior midfielders Kaila Sommi (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery HS) and Kaitlyn Couture (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS)
topped the list of Trojans as three-time selections to the conference all-academic team. The two also have the highest individual grade point averages among the team. Sommi graduated with a 3.86 in business administration and Couture had a 3.36 in communication and digital social media.

    Four juniors earned their second-career selections to the all-academic team including midfielders Haleigh Dalmass (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown HS) and Kelsey Dreyer (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional HS), attacker Caroline de Lyra (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore Senior HS), and defender Courtney Tarleton (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood HS). Dalmass is a communication major (3.22); Dreyer is majoring in policy, planning, and development (3.19); de Lyra is also a communication major (3.13); and Tarleton is a cinematic arts major in critical studies (3.01).

    Five Trojans received their first-career conference all-academic honors. Junior defender Eggy Plastaras (Fort Salonga, N.Y./Kings Park HS) led the group with a 3.23 GPA in business administration. Sophomore defender Nina Kelty (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto HS) earned her first spot on the team with a 3.21 grade point average (undeclared major). Junior defender Jacky Hennegan (Bremerton, Wash./Central Kitsap HS) has a 3.13 GPA in industrial and systems engineering. Junior attacker Maggie Mawhinney (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre HS) is a business administration major with a 3.10 GPA, and sophomore attacker Kylie Drexel (Davis, Calif./Davis HS) has a 3.05 in human biology.

    The 11 Women of Troy honored by the MPSF push the program's total league all-academic certificates to 23. The Trojans have made marked improvement in three years as a varsity program. In 2013, three players received all-academic honors. In 2014, USC had nine players chosen for the MPSF all-academic team, and have upped the total to 11 in the program's most successful season on the field. Among other MPSF schools, Stanford led all teams with 14 all-academic selections. California had 13, and both USC and Oregon had 11.

    Student-athletes were nominated for this award by their respective institutions on the basis of the following criteria: a 3.00 or better cumulative grade point average; must be at least a sophomore academically; must have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being received; must have competed in at least 50 percent of the school's competitions in her sport.

    In a historic season for the program, third-year head coach Lindsey Munday was named the MPSF Coach of the Year and put seven players on the MPSF All-Conference team including MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael. Munday led the team to its most wins in a season (14), its most conference victories (8), a program-best second-place finish in the MPSF, the team's first appearance in the MPSF tournament final, and an unprecedented selection to the NCAA tournament field. There, the Trojans earned a first-round win over James Madison before falling to third-seeded Duke in the round of 16. USC received its first votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll this season, and completed the year with a 14-6 overall record (8-1 in the MPSF).

    For more information on the USC women's lacrosse team, please visit USCTrojans.com. Fans of the Women of Troy can follow the team on Instagram and on Twitter @USCTrojansLax.