Four Lax ‘Cats Earn A-10 Postseason Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Four Wildcats earned Atlantic 10 postseason honors on Wednesday afternoon, after leading the Davidson lacrosse program to another 11-win season and a fourth-place finish in the conference standings.
Freshman standout Allie Hartnett was named to the league’s All-Conference First Team and the All-Rookie squad, while Julianne Carey and Margaret Anne Warner earned spots on the Second Team. Senior captain Grace Fahey rounded out the awards as an All-Academic Team selection.
“I am incredibly proud of the four players who were voted on by the A-10 coaching body to receive their All-Conference awards,” said head coach Kim Wayne. “They earned their spots through hard work and dedication to this team. All four players are deserving of their awards, and I, along with the rest of the team, are so proud of them.”
A two-time Rookie of the Week selection, and the only freshman named to the First Team, Hartnett made an immediate impact in Atlantic 10 lacrosse. The Massillon, Ohio, native scored 20 goals and dished five assists in her debut season, recording three game-winners along with 21 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers and 23 draw controls.
“As a freshman, Allie has truly made a name for herself at Davidson and in the A-10,” Wayne said. “She has been effective on the draw circle, scoring goals, causing turnovers and picking up ground balls. I’m excited to see the impact she will continue making over the next three years.”
As the 2021 Rookie of the Year and a former Preseason All-Conference selection, Carey landed on the Second Team after another stellar season for the Wildcats, shattering the program’s record for career draw controls (241) as only a junior. With 6.93 draws per game, Carey ranks 13th in the nation on the circle while picking up 104 draws this season, just seven seven shy of breaking the single-season record. On attack, the Pennsylvania native recorded a career-high 54 points off 30 goals and 24 assists, in addition to going 7-of-9 from the 8-meter.
An anchor on the Davidson back line, Warner garnered the first A-10 honors of her career with a Second Team All-Conference nod. The North Carolinian also captured her first Atlantic 10 weekly award in the final week of the season, being named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Warner rounded out her last regular season with a career-high and team-high 30 caused turnovers, while also grabbing 26 ground balls and 29 draw controls. Additionally, her 1.88 caused turnovers per game ranks third in the Atlantic 10.
“Julianne’s ability to win the draw is a big reason why we have single handedly won a few games this season,” Wayne noted. “She is also a leader on attack and has stepped up on all levels this year. Margaret Anne’s presence on defense, on the draw circle and in our transition added a much needed spark to our defensive unit. It’s amazing to see how far she has come since her freshman year.”
Fahey’s senior season has included excellence on the field and in the classroom, as she’s recorded career-highs in points (66) and assists (28), along with a team-best 38 goals en route to a spot on the All-Academic Team. A mathematics major, Fahey is involved with CatStats, SAAC and Phi Beta Kappa while scoring 10 multi-goal games in her final campaign, three seven-point performances and the first nine-point game in program history.
“As one of our leading goal scorers and assisters, Grace’s contribution on offense combined with her solid academic performance made her a perfect fit for receiving a spot on the All-Academic team,” Wayne said.
Davidson’s postseason run will begin on Thursday, May 4 at 12 p.m. when the fourth-seeded Wildcats take on No. 5 George Washington in the opening round of the 2023 Atlantic 10 Championship.
“While I do not want to take anything away from the accomplishments above, I believe in my heart that we have a truly amazing team filled with a few players who were left off of this list,” Wayne added. “I hope those players realize we wouldn’t be where we are without them. We were one goal away from being the third seed in a strong A-10 conference, and we have once again proven ourselves as a program on so many levels. I hope those players and my whole team use this as motivation to come out strong on Thursday and prove to everyone just how good we really are.”
For the A-10’s official release, and to see the complete list of all-conference teams, visit atlantic10.com. Stay up to date this week with all things Davidson lacrosse at @DavidsonLaxon Twitter and @Davidsonwlax on Instagram.