May 29, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - For the first time in program history, Stanford placed three players on the IWLCA All-Region women's lacrosse team.
Senior defender Maris Perlman and redshirt sophomore midfielder Lauren Schmidt made the first team for the West/Midwest, one of four regions to select teams. Julie Christy, a junior midfielder, made the second team. It was the first all-region honor for each.
Perlman, in her first year as a full-time starter, was a quick and tenacious takeaway defender who led the team in caused turnovers per game (1.8) and ground balls per game (1.75). She twice tied the school record for caused turnovers in a game, with five, and helped Stanford set a single-season school record for caused turnovers, with 200.
Schmidt has received All-America honors from WomensLax.com and WomensLacrosse.com after leading the Cardinal in points, with 57 (35 goals, 22 assists). Schmidt also recenty was awarded the Aimee Willard Award as the outstanding collegiate player in the U.S. Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament in Bel Air, Md., last weekend. Schmidt was one of about 100 collegiate players in the event and excelled in the Stars & Stripes Division, which is the opening round of tryouts for the 2009-10 U.S. national team.
Christy, a two-time All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection, "is the engine that makes our team go," Stanford coach Amy Bokker wrote in her nomination to the coaches' selection committee. "She does all of the little things that stats don't see. She's huge in our transition and works the ball defensively like a master." Christy committed made only 19 turnovers despite often bringing the ball forward.