BRITTANY BRIGANDI NAMED IWLCA MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Grand Lake, Colo. - Recent Le Moyne College graduate Brittany Brigandi (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/UMass) has been named the 2012 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II Midfielder of the Year, as announced by the association on Saturday night at the All-American banquet held at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Brigandi, named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year after leading the Dolphins to the conference's regular season title, was selected to the IWLCA All-America First Team for the second straight year. An IWLCA North Region First Team honoree and the only unanimous Northeast-10 First Team selection, Brigandi led the team and was second in the conference in goals scored with 66, the second-highest total on the program's single-season chart. Nationally, her goal total was the seventh-highest, while her per-game average of 3.47 ranked 12th. Brigandi, an all-American at attack last year, ranked fourth on the team in assists with 13 to give her a team-best 79 points, the fifth-best total on the program's single-season list, while ranking fourth in the conference and 18th nationally. Brigandi, who broke the program's career goals scored record on April 28th with her 176th career tally, scored the game-winning goal in a team-best five games and had a team-leading 16 free-position goals. Additionally, Brigandi was second on the team in draw controls with 46, the sixth-best total on the program's single-season list, and tied for second on the team in ground balls with 30. Brigandi, the Northeast-10 Player of the Week on April 2, scored at least two goals in 17 of 19 games played and registered at least four goals in 11 contests. In a 12-4 win over Bentley on April 1, Brigandi tallied a season-high seven goals, at the time the third-most in a game by a Dolphin.
Brigandi finished her career with a program-record 182 goals, 35 assists and 217 total points. Her point total is the third-highest on the program's career chart, while her assists are the 14th-most on the career list. Brigandi closed out her time on the Heights ranked in numerous categories on the career and single-season charts. Brigandi tallied the most points (4.43) and goals (3.71) per game in the program's history, while recording the eighth-most draw controls per game (1.37). On the single-season chart, she is first in points (106 in 2011), points per game (5.05 in 2011), goals (87 in 2011) and goals per game (4.14 in 2011), while ranking second in goals (66 in 2012) and goals per game (3.47 in 2012). In addition to this year's point total and points per game average of 4.16 ranking fifth, Brigandi also ranked fifth in goals per game for her average of 3.22 in 2010.
Le Moyne, which won the Northeast-10 Conference regular season title with a 12-0 record in league play, finished the season with a 16-3 record and its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Semifinals.
IWLCA Positional Players of the Year
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year - Ashton Wheatley, Salisbury
Defender of the Year - Liza Beckler, Trinity
Midfielder of the Year - Liz Bruno, Trinity
Attacker of the Year - Hannah Church, Gettysburg
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year - Dominique Mosca, LIU Post
Defender of the Year - Chelsea Donaldson, LIU Post
Midfielder of the Year - Brittany Brigandi, Le Moyne
Attacker of the Year - Jackie Sileo, LIU Post
C. Markland Kelly Goalie of the Year - Mikey Meagher, Florida
Defender of the Year - Iliana Sanza, Maryland
Midfielder of the Year - Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland
Attacker of the Year - Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse