MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association has honored 256 student-athletes across Division III to its All-Region Teams for 2018, naming Morrisville State College duo Gianna Branca (Camillus, N.Y.) and Courtney Cavellier (Rodman, N.Y.) to its Empire All-Region Second Team.
Branca wrapped up a final season with the Mustangs with 136 total points, netting 73 goals and assisting another 63, while collecting 34 ground balls, 55 draw controls and 26 caused turnovers.
The senior played a key role in leading Morrisville State to back-to-back North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship Tournament Titles and appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament where she notched nine points in the first round contest.
Branca was a two-time All-Conference first team selection through the NEAC, and most recently was named the conference's Player of the Year after leading the league in points, goals, assists, while finishing second overall in free position goals scored.
Also ranking third in the NCAA in assists, Branca in addition, ranks seventh overall in all of Division III in assists per game, is 19th in goals scored, third in points, and eighth in points per game.
Cavellier continues to leave her mark on the women's lacrosse program after putting together a career best season in the Mustang uniform as she posted 61 goals and assisted 12 others for 73 points across 20 games.
The junior added a team best 76 ground balls and 111 draw controls to her tallies, while causing 44 turnovers in her tenacity in the midfield.
Ten times on the season Cavellier posted a hat trick (or more), including three scores in the first round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.
A three-time All-Conference First Team selection, Cavellier ranked fourth overall in the NEAC in points, was second in goals scored, second in ground balls, while ranking third in each draw controls and caused turnovers.
She also ranks 89th in the NCAA in draw controls per game, is 86th in caused turnovers per game, 70th in goals scored and 80th in ground balls per game.
The complete list of All-Region team selections can be found here.
Student-athletes selected to the All-Region teams are now eligible to be named to a national IWCLA All-American team. Those teams will be announced in mid-June.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.