NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Two St. Bonaventure University women's lacrosse players have been named to the 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams.
Senior Jalen Middlebrooks was voted a second team defensive selection, and junior Kristine Wallace was named to the all-academic team, announced by conference officials Wednesday afternoon.
Middlebrooks anchored the St. Bonaventure defense all season long. The senior started all 17 games this season for the Bonnies, accumulating 42 ground balls while causing 31 turnovers with seven draw control wins. The Newington, Conn. native also found the back of the net twice in the final game of her career to help the Bonnies to an overtime win over La Salle on April 28 at the Marra Athletics Complex. She will leave the St. Bonaventure women's lacrosse program as one of the best defensive players to ever don the brown and white.
Coach Rosiek had high praise for her graduating senior "We are so excited to have Jalen be recognized for her unrelenting and tremendous effort over the past four years. Jalen has consistently performed on the defensive end, and in the last two years has been a standout performer in both defensive statistical categories, finishing 4th in the A-10 in Caused Turnovers. Jalen's rise from a walk-on to two year captain is in inspiration to any player that comes from a non-traditional lacrosse background."
Wallace has excelled in the classroom since her arrival on campus. Majoring in management, the junior holds a cumulative GPA of 3.93. On the field, Wallace played in 14 games and picked up 11 ground balls, caused three turnovers and won two draw controls. In the final game of the season vs. La Salle, the Canandaigua, N.Y. native scored her first goal of the season to help the Bonnies to the win.
Chelsea Rosiek's thoughts on Kristine "She goes above and beyond to excel in the classroom while at the same time being a significant contributor on the defensive end. After recovering this year from her ACL injury at he beginning of the season, she has steadily integrated herself back into the defensive rotation. It is great to see her exhibit the 'student' in 'student-athlete.'"