MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Seniors Rachel Aronow, Liana Mathias and Leah Giacalone, and sophomore Caroline Sgaglione of the Wesleyan University women's lacrosse team, were named to the 2017 Division III All-Region Teams, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). All four Cardinals are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Friday, May 19.
Aronow, Mathias and Sgaglione earned First Team All-Berkshire Region honors, while Giacalone was named to the second team.
Aronow, a Second Team All-NESCAC selection, shined in her final season donning the Wesleyan uniform. She played a pivotal role in the team's success, in which she did a little bit of everything for the Cardinals. The senior attack ranked third on the team in points (38) and assists (9), and fourth in goals (29). She was also tied for third in caused turnovers (11), ranked fourth in ground balls (24), and fifth in draws (12).
Mathias concluded her four-year career as one of the program's all-time leading scorers following her best season yet. The senior led the team in points (45) and assists (15), and ranked third in goals (30). She reached the 100-career point milestone in 2017, and finished with 111 for her career to rank eighth all-time in Wesleyan's record books.
Sgaglione had an incredible sophomore season for the Cardinals on the defensive side of the ball. Less than two weeks ago, she was named a First Team All-NESCAC selection to become only the second Wesleyan women's lacrosse player to ever earn first team honors. The sophomore from Glen Head, N.Y. led the team in draws (46), caused turnovers (27) and ground balls (38), while headlining a defense that allowed just 8.15 goals per game.
Giacalone picked up her second all-region selection after being named to the second team a year ago as well. The senior had a career season for the Cardinals and finished second in ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (13), and fourth in draw controls (20).
Wesleyan's historical season came to an end Sunday, May 14 as the 16th-ranked Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to No. 17 Ithaca in overtime, 11-10. Despite the loss, the 2017 season was the best in program history as the team set program records in overall wins (11) and NESCAC victories (7), and spent the majority of the season ranked within the top-20. The Cardinals finished the year with an 11-6 record, qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for the first time since 2009, and earned it's first-ever berth to the NCAA Division III Championships.