The Big Ten Conference announced its 2022 women’s lacrosse all-conference teams Wednesday. The teams were voted on by the conference’s seven head coaches. Three Rutgers Scarlet Knights were named to the All-Conference First Team while two were named to the Second Team. Junior defender Meghan Ball, graduate student attacker TT Naslonski and junior midfielder Cassidy Spilis all received first-team honors. Ball and Spilis were unanimous selections.
The five All-Big Ten selections for the Scarlets Knights is the most in a single season since the program began league play in 2015.
Rutgers, led by head coach Melissa Lehman, finished the regular season with a record of 14-3. The 14 wins ties a program single-season record.
Ball is a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this season. She leads the team in draw controls (90), ground balls (48) and caused turnovers (41). Her 2.41 caused turnovers per game leads the Big Ten and is seventh nationally, while her 2.82 ground balls per game is second in the conference.
In 17 games, Spilis totaled 60 points on 59 goals and an assist to go along with 61 draw controls, 40 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers. She is a three-time Big Ten Midfielder of the Week.
This season, Naslonski is third in the Big Ten with 73 points on 54 goals and 19 assists. Naslonski became the program's all-time points (249) and goal (175) scorer this season and has played in the most games in school history with 75 appearances.
Junior defender Jessica Beneducci, and graduate attacker Stephanie Kelly, received second-team honors. Senior midfielder Caroline Perry was the Scarlet Knights honoree of the Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Sportsmanship Award.
The 2022 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Tournament begins Friday at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J., with two semifinal contests, as top-seeded Maryland battles No. 4 seed Johns Hopkins (5:30 p.m. ET) and second-seeded Northwestern faces No. 3 seed Rutgers (8 p.m. ET). The two semifinal winners will then play at noon (ET) Sunday, with the victor earning the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the 2022 NCAA Championship. Jersey Sporting News will have complete coverage of the tournament.
All three games of this year’s Big Ten Tournament will be televised live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network and the FOX Sports app.
2022 Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams
Jeanne Kachris, Grad., D, Johns Hopkins
ABBY BOSCO, Grad., D, Maryland
AURORA CORDINGLEY, Grad., A, Maryland
Grace Griffin, Grad., M, Maryland
Hannah Leubecker, Jr., A, Maryland
EMILY STERLING, Jr., GK, Maryland
Maddie Burns, So., D, Michigan
Kaitlyn Mead, Sr., M, Michigan
Erin Coykendall, Jr., A, Northwestern
LAUREN GILBERT, Grad., A, Northwestern
JILL GIRARDI, Grad., M, Northwestern
Ally Palermo, Grad., D, Northwestern
Kristin O’Neill, So., M, Penn State
MEGHAN BALL, Jr., D, Rutgers
TT Naslonski, Grad., A, Rutgers
CASSIDY SPILIS, Jr., M, Rutgers
Shelby Harrison, Grad., A, Johns Hopkins
Madison McPherson, Jr., M, Johns Hopkins
Annika Meyer, Sr., D, Johns Hopkins
Shaylan Ahearn, Jr., M, Maryland
Libby May, Jr., A, Maryland
Maddie Sanchez, Sr., D, Maryland
Kaley Thompson, Sr., A, Michigan
Arielle Weissman, Grad., GK, Michigan
Morgan Whitaker, Sr., D, Michigan
Lindsay Epstein, Grad., M, Ohio State
Nicole Ferrara, Jr., A, Ohio State
Chloe Johnson, Sr., A, Ohio State
Ava Keethler, Sr., D, Ohio State
Sammy Dupcak, So., D, Penn State
Jessica Beneducci, Jr., D, Rutgers
Stephanie Kelly, Grad., A, Rutgers
ALL CAPS indicates unanimous selections
Big Ten Women’s Lacrosse Sportsmanship Honorees
Keegan Barger, Grad., M, Johns Hopkins
Maddie McSally, Sr., GK, Maryland
Julia Henry, Sr., A, Michigan
Katie Shanley, Jr., M, Northwestern
Ali Beekhuizen, Grad., M, Ohio State
Rachel Spilker, Jr., D, Penn State
Caroline Perry, Sr., M, Rutgers
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