Watson, White Headline Seven UConn All-BIG EAST selections

NEW YORK – After an impressive regular season, the No. 18 UConn women’s lacrosse team recruited seven student-athletes to All-BIG EAST teams, highlighted by seniors Sidney Watson and Landyn White winning major awards, the conference was released on the eve of the BIG EAST Championship.

Watson repeated as the unanimous BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, becoming the third player in conference history to repeat the feat. White also picked up a major award by being named the BIG EAST Goaltender of the Year, marking the first time a UConn student-athlete has won the title since 2016.

Senior Lia LaPrise and junior Ariana Kline earned his second straight All-BIG EAST First Team nomination, while a senior Grace Coon and juniors Madeleine George and Kate Shaffer gained places in the second team.

Six-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week Watson is enjoying another season for the record books. The senior ranks third in the NCAA in draw checks per game (9.5), is tied for sixth all-time in NCAA history with 512 career draw checks and holds all draw control records in the program’s history. She leads the BIG EAST in points (5.0) and goals (3.56) per game and has scored in all 16 games.

White was a dominant force in net during the regular season, leading the conference in saves (161), saves per game (10.0), and ranks third in save percentage (.464). Her 13 wins in net are the most a Husky goaltender has won in a single season, and she is one of 18 NCAA goaltenders to average double-digit saves.

LaPrise had another stellar season on offense, racking up 40 goals and 20 assists. His 3.7 points per game ranks fifth in the conference, while his 1.2 assists per game ranks sixth among league leaders.

Kline continued to prove why she is one of the best defensemen in the BIG EAST as she leads the Huskies in turnovers (23) and ranks fourth in ground balls (23).

Coon has a career year, ranking second on the team with 41 goals and scoring at least one point in all 16 games, while his 2.5 goals per game ranks seventh in the BIG EAST.

George was a versatile force in midfield, amassing 13 goals, nine assists, 19 ground balls, 12 turnovers and 40 draw checks.

Shaffer is having a blistering season on offense, posting a career-high 39 goals, 14 assists and 53 points.

UConn will open its quest for the BIG EAST Championship on Thursday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. EST against No. 12 Denver in the semifinals.