Rayburn, Kopf Pick up IWLCA All-Region Accolades

Rayburn, Kopf Pick up IWLCA All-Region Accolades

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

St. Mary's City, Md. – Seniors Mackenzie Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) and Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) of the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team continued to add to their postseason honors with selection to the 2017 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III All-Chesapeake Region Teams.

2017 IWLCA Division III All-Region Teams

Rayburn and Kopf both garnered second team honors. This is a repeat selection for Rayburn who also earned second team all-region honors last spring while Kopf is a first-time honoree.

Mackenzie Rayburn headshot Rayburn will leave the women's lacrosse program as a two-time all-region pick and as a two-time second team All-Capital Athletic Conference awardee. She 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, Rayburn 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 finished 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 (71 starts) and helping St. Mary's to a 45-28 four-year record.

Erika Kopf headshot Kopf's all-region award comes on the heels of her selection as a second team All-CAC on May 3. She 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. Kopf 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 CAC, she came in seventh with 11 free position goals and tied for 10th in assists and caused turnovers (17).

The 5-7 midfielder 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 wrapped up her four-year collegiate career with 87 goals and 45 assists for 132 points, which includes 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).

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