CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 2017 University of Richmond women's lacrosse team continues to collect awards after a record-breaking season, this time from the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Junior attacker Kim Egizi and freshman goalie Megan Gianforte were named to the University Division All-State First Team, while senior defender Leslie Espenschied and freshman attacker Sam Geiersbach collected Second Team honors.
The 2015 VaSID Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-State honoree, Egizi posted another solid season for the Spiders on the attacking end. The Westwood, Mass., native was named to the All-Conference first team after hitting the 100-career point, goal, ground ball and draw control milestones in 2017. Egizi finished third on the team with 41 goals and 74 points, while her 33 assists on the year were good for second on the team and third in single-season program history. Her 98 draw control wins were the second-most in a single season for the Spiders.
Gianforte recorded one of the most successful goalkeeping performances in Spider women's lacrosse history in 2017. She earned All-Conference First Team and All-Rookie Team honors for her efforts, becoming the first rookie to win the league's top goalie honors since 2006. Gianforte stopped 186 shots and finished the season with a .499 save percentage, good for first in the conference and top 10 nationally. Her 9.48 goals against average also lead the conference, while her 49 ground balls were the most of any Spider this season. She was also honored by the A-10 with four Defensive Player of the Week honors, a program record.
Espenschied wrapped up an impressive career on the defensive end, earning her second-straight All-Conference Second Team honors. The Senior also became just the third Spider to earn Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team honors in two consecutive seasons. Espenshied led the team with 19 caused turnovers on the year and finished fourth with 32 ground balls. She earned A-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors once for her efforts.
Geiersbach burst onto the scene for the Spiders, earning A-10 Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team honors. Selected as the A-10 Rookie of the Week five times throughout the season, she set single-season program records for both points (85) and goals (66), while also leading the conference in goals, goals per game and points per game. Geiersbach also finished fourth on the team with 19 assists, and fifth in both ground balls (28) and caused turnovers (12).