May 26, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior midfielder Lauren Schmidt earned two substantial awards over the weekend: a second team All-America honor by WomensLacrosse.com, and won the Aimee Willard Award as the outstanding collegiate player in the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament.
In addition, freshman Paige Farmakis, who plays defense for the Cardinal, was named to WomensLacrosse.com's All-Rookie team.
The WDNT has been held since 1933 primarily to showcase the top post-collegiate and club players in the nation, but has since expanded to include different divisions to showcase players at various levels. Schmidt was one of over 100 collegiate players in the two-day event, which took place Saturday and Sunday in Bel Air, Md.
Schmidt's All-American honor makes her the third Stanford player to receive All-America honors. Laura Shane was a WomensLacrosse.com first-team All-America and a three-time second-team selection by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Schmidt, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year, had 35 goals and 22 assists for a team-leading 57 points and was on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, the Heisman Trophy of women's lacrosse.
She 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.
The IWLCA teams for 2009 have not yet been announced.
Farmakis, from Chatham, N.J., started 15 of 17 games and was vital to a Stanford team that held opponents to 8.83 goals per game.
With the efforts of both players, Stanford was one of two teams ranked among the top 10 in both scoring offense and defense. The other was national champion Northwestern.