St. Mary's Women's Lacrosse Trio Lands on All-CAC Team

(l-r): Mackenzie Rayburn, Erika Kopf, Lacey Brown
(l-r): Mackenzie Rayburn, Erika Kopf, Lacey Brown

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

York, Pa. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team claimed three spots on the 2017 All-Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Team, which was released Wednesday morning by Assistant CAC Commissioner Tim Mowrer.

2017 All-CAC Women's Lacrosse Team

Seniors Mackenzie Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) and Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and junior attacker Lacey Brown (Monkton, Md./Hereford) all garnered second team honors. Rayburn also earned second team honors last spring while Kopf and Brown are first-time All-CAC honorees.

Mackenzie Rayburn headshot Rayburn, now a two-time all-star, was the Seahawks' defensive rock all season long, taking on the opponent's top player in each and every game. A team captain this season, she finished fifth in the conference with team-bests of 41 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers while ranking second on the team with 19 draw controls.

The 5-4 defender scooped up a career-best six ground balls twice while picking up a career-high five draw controls in a thrilling 16-15 win over Christopher Newport University on April 12. Rayburn also added a career-best three caused turnovers at Randolph-Macon College on March 8. In addition, she scored her third career goal in a win at Southern Virginia University on February 18.

Rayburn finishes her four-year career with 139 ground balls, 65 caused turnovers, and 48 draw controls. She only missed one game during her career, playing in 72 games with 71 starts and helping St. Mary's to a 45-28 four-year record.

Erika Kopf headshot Kopf has been a staple of the St. Mary's midfield for three years after transferring in from Anne Arundel Community College prior to the 2015 season. The 5-7 midfielder enjoyed a career-best campaign this season as she led the Seahawks with 18 assists and 47 points while ranking second with 27 goals. In the conference, Kopf came in tied for sixth with 11 free position goals and tied for 10th in assists and caused turnovers (17).

She tallied her 100th career point with a four-point performance at No. 6 The Catholic University of America on March 2 before notching her 100th point as a Seahawk on April 15 with a five-point effort at Frostburg State University. Kopf wraps up her four-year collegiate career with 87 goals and 45 assists for 132 points, which include 23 goals, five assists, and 28 points from her first-year season at AACC (2014).

Kopf scored a career-best four goals at Randolph-Macon while dishing a career-high three assists in a win at Roanoke College on March 13. She recorded career-bests of four ground balls and four draw controls in a victory over Marymount (Va.) University on April 8. She also contributed a career-high three caused turnovers against Christopher Newport (Apr. 12).

Lacey Brown headshot Brown put up career-best numbers as well for the Seahawks during her junior campaign, more than doubling her scoring output from a year ago. She paced St. Mary's with 36 goals while registering a third-best 40 points. The 5-2 attacker ranks tied for eighth in the CAC with nine free position goals and 10th in goals.

She found the back of the net a career-best five times at Frostburg State (Apr. 15) while chipping in career-highs of two assists and six points against Christopher Newport (Apr. 12). Brown picked up a career-best three ground balls at Randolph-Macon (Mar. 8), won a career-high two draw controls twice, and caused a career-best two turnovers three times.

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