Great Eight Named to G-MAC All-Conference Team, Sanborn Player of the Year

Great Eight Named to G-MAC All-Conference Team, Sanborn Player of the Year

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Great Midwest Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards this evening and Walsh brought back many honors with eight different players recognized. Brianna Sanborn was the highlight of the evening as the junior forward was named Offensive Player of the Year in addition to being placed on the All-Conference First Team.

In addition to Sanborn, Corynne Swift (Defense), Olivia Peters (Forward), Hannah Bowman (Midfield), and Mickey McClanahan (Goalkeeper) were also placed on the First Team. Madalyn Canter (Defense) and Alisha Himes (Midfield) were named to the Second Team, while Emily Joyce was named as an Honorable Mention.

Sanborn led all players this season with 30 points on 12 goals and six assists. Her 12 goals were also tied for first in the G-MAC while her 0.71 goals per game were second. She was second in the conference with six assists.

Peters set her up on quite a few goals with a league-best 12 assists on the season. She was fifth in total points with 26 after she scored seven goals on the season as well. Her 1.53 points per game ranked fourth in the G-MAC.

Bowman helped control the middle of the field for the Maroon and Gold and prevent the opposition from creating too many offensive opportunities. At the same time she flashed some offensive brilliance with two goals and two assists herself.

If the opposition did get any offensive opportunities, they were then faced with McClanahan between the pipes. Beating her proved to be no easy task as she recorded eight more shutouts this season and split time in another. She started all 17 games and allowed just seven goals on the year.

Canter helped create those shutouts as a defender on the back line. She started in almost every game this season, and despite playing defense she was still able to score four points on a goal and two assists.

Despite starting her career as a defensive player, Himes has increasingly seen action on the offensive end. She finished with eight goals on the season for 0.50 per game, both of which ranks seventh in the G-MAC. Three have gone on to be game-winners, including the go-ahead score in the upset of Ohio Valley.

Joyce joined Canter on the back line defensively with starts in every game. In addition to starting every game, Joyce also added an assist offensively.