2014 & 2016 SAA Champions
Women’s lacrosse lands four on IWLCA All-West Region teams
GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Four women's lacrosse standouts have been honored by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) it was announced Thursday, earning All-West Region nods after guiding the Colonels through a successful 2018 campaign.
Senior Hannah Bellamah (Loveland, Ohio) was placed on the First Team for the second year in a row, while classmates Haden Gibbons (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Colleen Jackson (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Natalie Marek (Louisville, Ky.) were each placed on the Second Team.
Bellamah capped her Centre career as one of the most prolific players in program history – despite playing only three seasons. This year, she led the Colonels and ranked in the top three in the conference in goals, assists, points, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.
Recently named the 2017-18 Centre Female Student-Athlete of the Year, Bellamah graduates as the program's current leader in career goals (3.76), assists (1.28) and points (5.00) per game. This is her third All-Region honor, as she was a second-teamer in 2016, and qualifies her for a spot on the All-American team.
Gibbons is a four-time All-SAA pick, and repeats as an IWLCA All-West Region Second Team selection in her final season. She was tied for third in the SAA with 63 goals – netting a career-best seven scores against Rhodes Apr. 14 – and finished fourth in the league with 88 points.
The Chattanooga native graduates fifth all-time in career goals (144), points (199), ground balls (148) and draw controls (129).
Jackson finished tied for third in the SAA with 63 goals this season, netting at least two in every regular season contest. The All-SAA First Team pick laced a career-high six goals three times, and set a personal best with nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) at Birmingham Southern Mar. 3.
She paced the Colonels with a 53.4% shot percentage and 83.1% on-goal mark (among qualified players), and converted 13 of 22 free position attempts. This is her first career All-Region nod.
Marek, a two-time SAA Defensive Player of the Year, earns her second all-region honor after a second team appearance in 2016. She led the league and ranked 25th in Division III with an 8.17 goals-against average, and also paced the SAA with a 50.2% save percentage.
Her career marks of 497 saves, 47.7% save percentage, 9.50 goals-against average and 39 wins are all standards for the program.
Centre's four selections matches Claremont Mudd Scripps and Colorado College for most on the two teams. Of the 32 All-West Region individuals, eight come from the Southern Athletic Association.