Petty and Frank headline 2020 VaSID All-State team Monday – VT hokiesports.com

BLACKSBURG 

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Paige Petty

has been named the VaSID Player of the Year as voted on by the state’s sports information directors the organization announced Monday. Fellow Hokie midfielder

Kayla Frank

was named the Rookie of the Year and in total six Hokies earned recognition.

Petty registered 38 goals in 2020, the third-highest total in the nation. The Bernardsville, N.J. native who was once again recognized as a Tewaaraton Award Watch List member added five assists for a total of 43 points, good for a top 10 finish nationally. Petty continues to climb the record books in Blacksburg, finishing the 2020 season fourth in points scored (182), third in goals scored (162) and fifth in draw controls (185). She had a career-high 12 caused turnovers on the defensive side of the field.


Kayla Frank

earned Rookie of the Year accolades after she was the nation’s highest scoring rookie in 2020 scoring 45 points on the season. She did so with 23 goals and 22 assists. Frank scored eight points in her Virginia Tech debut against Davidson and would tally hat tricks in five of the 10 contests this season. She made history on February 19 when she dished out eight assists in a game vs. Radford, setting a new program record. Frank notched back-to-back game winners during the Hokies’ road trip to Cincinnati and Louisville. Her 45 points rank her sixth in D1 for the 2020 season.

She also tallied 15 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers and 14 draw controls. 

Frank has also earned the following accolade; 2020 Inside Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention and 

2020 Inside Lacrosse Women All-Rookie Team. 

Elena Ricci

, a junior defender also earned first team honors. She started all 10 games as a part of the nation’s seventh-best defense and tallied 22 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers and 17 draw controls on the circle.

Three Hokies were featured on the second team,

Mary Clare McCarthy

,

Kendall Welch

and

Emma Crooks

.

McCarthy started in all of her appearances this past season and set career highs in caused turnovers and ground balls. The Washington, D.C. native also scored her first career goal on a free position opportunity in the win over Elon.

Welch, a team captain, made the transition to defender this season where she started all 10 games and posted a career-best 20 ground balls and also caused nine turnovers. 

Crooks, a Great Falls, Virginia native tallied 23 goals on the season and had 37 draw controls as the primary draw taker for the program. The junior took her career point tally to 92 and she also ranks amongst the top 10 in career draws won with 132. She was named Second Team All-ACC in 2019. 

Tech’s midfield trio of Crooks and Petty and Frank were the only three teammates in the nation to score 23 or more goals in 2020.

The entire 2020 VaSID All-State Women’s Lacrosse University Awards teams can be seen below:

First Team
Attack                                    Sam Geiersbach         Richmond                    

Attack                                    Glory Johnson             Old Dominion

Attack                                    Arden Tierney             Richmond                    

Defender                                Katie Bendrick             Radford                       

Defender                                Rachel Matey              James Madison 

Defender                                

Elena Ricci

                  Virginia Tech               

Defender                                Ashley Stilo                 Virginia

Midfielder                               

Kayla Frank

                 Virginia Tech

Midfielder                               Sammy Mueller            Virginia

Midfielder                               

Paige Petty

                 Virginia Tech               

Goalie                                    Molly Dougherty          James Madison 

Second Team
Attack                                    Deanna Balsama         George Mason 

Attack                                    Kaitlin Luccarelli          Longwood

Attack                                    Maddie McDaniel         James Madison 

Defender                                

Mary Clare McCarthy

   Virginia Tech               

Defender                                Emma Johnson           James Madison 

Defender                                

Kendall Welch

             Virginia Tech               

Midfielder                               Courtlynne Caskin       Virginia

Midfielder                               

Emma Crooks

              Virginia Tech               

Midfielder                               Lindsey Frank             Richmond                    

Midfielder                               Carly White                 Liberty 

Goalie                                    Megan Gianforte         Richmond


Player of the Year                                                                                       
Paige Petty

                            Virginia Tech               

Rookie of the Year                                                                                      

Kayla Frank

                            Virginia Tech               

Coach of the Year                                                                                       

Allison Kwolek                        University of Richmond

 

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