Schutz Is Washington's First-Ever Player of the Year in Women's Lacrosse, Pearce Wins Coach of the Year for the Second Time and Squad Has Three First-Team Picks for the First Time
LANCASTER, Pa. – Junior defender Madison Schutz (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) has been named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Year, head coach Heidi Pearce has garnered the conference's coach of the year for the second time and three players earned first team honors as the Centennial Conference announced its annual women's lacrosse awards today following a vote by the conference's 10 head coaches.
Joining Schutz on the first team are senior midfielder Madison Acra (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Academy) and junior attacker Cecily Docktor (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley). It is the first time in program history that the Shorewomen have had three All-Centennial Conference first team selections. Docktor and Schutz are all-conference for the second straight year, while Acra is a first time recipient of all-conference honors.
Pearce, who led the team to its eighth consecutive conference tournament appearance in 2018 with a 13-5 overall record and 7-2 in Centennial play, is the third Washington College coach to win multiple Centennial Conference Coach of the Year honors joining Lacey Lister (softball – 2011, 2012 and 2016) and Jeff Shirk (men's lacrosse – 2012 and 2014) as she previously won the award in 2014. She is also the second coach to win the conference's coach of the year twice as Gettysburg's Carol Cantele won it in 2013 and 2015. It is the third time a Washington College coach has won the coach of the year in women's lacrosse as Julika Blankenship won it in 2011.
Schutz, a repeat first team honoree, is the current conference leader in ground balls (56) and caused turnovers (43) on her way to becoming the first Shorewoman Lacrosse player to win a player of the year award in the conference as she started in all 18 games for Washington this spring. Schutz had a ground ball and a caused turnover in every game this season, including career-bests of seven ground balls and five caused turnovers in a 16-11 victory at #25 Haverford on April 18. In Centennial games, she also led the conference in both ground balls and caused turnovers. The junior also won 37 draw controls which was good for third on the squad.
Acra put up career-highs in goals (34), assists (8) and points (42) in her senior campaign. She placed third on the squad in points and fourth in goals as she was one of five WC players to tally over 40 points and one of four to notch over 30 goals. The senior, who had a career-best eight caused turnovers to her credit, had a personal-high six goals and six points in a 24-14 victory at McDaniel on March 31. She had 22 of her 34 goals and 26 of her 42 points in Centennial action as she played in all 18 games, starting on 12 occasions.
Docktor, an honorable mention pick in 2017, led the Shorewomen in goals (41), assists (27) and points (68) as she tallied career-highs in all three categories, while scooping up 21 ground balls. Through the end of the Centennial Conference Tournament, she ranks second in points, fifth in helpers and 10th in points. In Centennial games, she was third in points, fifth in assists and sixth in goals. The junior had a career-best nine points in a 16-12 victory over Dickinson on March 24. Docktor tallied her 100th career point at Christopher Newport on March 13, her 100th all-time goal at #5 Franklin & Marshall on April 21 and her 150th point of her career on April 25 against Swarthmore.
Since Pearce became head coach in 2014, Washington has had 10 first team selections, five second team picks and a pair earn honorable mention recognition.