May 27, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Lauren Schmidt received her second All-America honor in as many days when she was named to the 19-player WomensLax.com first team Wednesday.
The redshirt sophomore had received second-team honors Tuesday from WomensLacrosse.com after a weekend in which she earned the prestigious Aimee Willard Award as the top collegiate player at the 76-year-old U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament in Bel Air, Md.
Schmidt, from Bay Shore, N.Y., missed the 2008 season with a knee injury, but rebounded to lead the Cardinal in points (57 on 35 goals and 22 assists) and set the tone for her team with her great speed, and aggressive and fearless play.
Among her season highlights, Schmidt had three goals and one assist in Stanford's upset of No. 3 Penn, the No. 1 defensive team in the country, and had two goals and an assist against eventual NCAA finalist North Carolina.
Schmidt is among only three players in Stanford history to receive All-America recognition, following three-time All-American goalie Laura Shane (2006-08) and 2006 IWLCA third-team selection Megan Burker.
The most accepted All-America team comes from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, which has not yet released its All-America or All-Region selections.