Women's lacrosse places three on All-SAA teams; Mapps-Whitmore earns first-team nod for first time in program history

Women's lacrosse places three on All-SAA teams; Mapps-Whitmore earns first-team nod for first time in program history

The Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team saw three players earn spots on All-SAA squads Thursday, as voted by the league's coaches. Junior defender Dreshona Mapps-Whitmore earned the first-ever All-SAA first team nod in the program's history, while senior attacker Madison Goss slotted in at second team and junior goalie Jordan Chandler earned honorable mention.

Mapps-Whitmore earned her third straight All-SAA nod, having collected an honorable mention and a second-team accolade in the past. This season she finished fifth in the SAA with 3.36 ground balls per game and sixth with 1.93 caused turnovers per game. Both marks place her in the top 200 nationally. She finished the season with 47 total ground balls and 27 caused turnovers. She earned SAA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Feb. 11.

Goss earned her first career All-SAA nod with an outstanding senior campaign. She accrued a career-high 34 goals this season, passing out six assists for good measure. Goss proved instrumental in the Stormy Petrels' 20-12 win over Dallas on Feb. 24, scoring six goals for the team on that day. For the season, she tallied 40 total points and scored on 48.6 percent of her total shots. 

Chandler earned her first-career All-SAA nod, as well. She finished tops in the league in save percentage among NCAA qualifiers with an impressive .491 mark. That also put her in the top 50 among all Division III goalies. She also finished third in the league among NCAA qualifiers, and among the top 200 nationally, with a 13.48 goals against average. The Petrel goalie allowed 115 goals on the season, posting the third-best mark among SAA netminders in that category.

The trio led the Petrels to the best season-long winning percentage in team history, as they finished 5-9 on the year. They also finished sixth in the SAA and advanced to the league tournament, marking the second time an Oglethorpe women's lacrosse team accomplished that since the tournament field contracted from eight to six in 2015.

 

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