May 4, 2012

Marich Named SCIAC Player of the Year

Claremont, Calif. - Senior midfielder Martha Marich (McLean, Va. - photo by Bob Palermini) was named the SCIAC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year in a vote of the league's coaches, it was announced today.

Also honored from the Sagehens were sophomore midfielder Logan Galansky (Denver, Colo.) on the All-SCIAC first team, while sophomore defender Rachel Kessler (Portland, Ore.), sophomore attacker Jana London (Chevy Chase, Md.) and sophomore goalie Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) were all named to the second team.

Marich led the Sagehens in virtually every major category this season, scoring 76 goals, while also compiling 96 draw controls, 53 ground balls and 39 caused turnovers. She finished her career with 331 goals, despite missing half of her junior year with a knee injury, including 113 as a sophomore in 2010, when she led the country.

Galansky had an outstanding year as a two-way midfielder, tallying 35 goals, 12 assists, 55 draw controls and 43 ground balls. She takes in first-team All-SCIAC honors for the second year in a row, after also earning the accolades as a freshman last year.

London earned second-team honors for the second straight year after tallying 53 goals and a team-high 22 assists. She scored a career-high nine goals in the opening round of the SCIAC Tournament, a 16-9 win over Whittier. Kessler and Leek were the defensive leaders of the Sagehens this year, as Kessler led the defensive unit in both caused turnovers (23) and ground balls (33), while Leek tallied 149 saves on the year, as well as 42 ground balls.

Pomona-Pitzer finished the year with a 7-10 record despite a thin roster which resulted in playing several games without any available substitutes. Marich was also the only upperclassman on the team, as the 16-player roster included 10 freshmen and five sophomores.