Shorter’s Dulaney earns GSC Coach of the Year honors
Shorter University women’s lacrosse coach and Rome native Brittni Dulaney was named the Gulf South Conference’s Coach of the Year on Wednesday following a turnaround season for the Lady Hawks.
Sophomore Hannah Pridemore was announced as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, while other All-Conference honorees included second time selections Alex Abbey and Catherine Mitchner.
Dulaney saw her team go from a 3-10 record a season ago to finishing the regular season this year at 10-5 with a 4-4 conference mark. On the year, the Lady Hawks have outscored opponents 237-131.
As a team, the Lady Hawks enter the postseason third in Division II in caused turnovers per game (12.87), second in overall in groundballs per game (24.93), and ninth in both assists per game (8.33) and points per game (24.13).
The Lady Hawks open the GSC Tournament on Friday against Alabama Huntsville at Young Harris College.
Pridemore, a transfer from Liberty University, led the Lady Hawks and the conference in caused turnovers (50) groundballs (69) and draw controls (66) for the year. She also added 38 goals and 17 assists for the regular season.
Abbey, the 2016 GSC Defensive Player of the Year, finished second on the team in caused turnovers, tallying 26 for the year, with 29 ground balls and 24 draw controls to go along with two goals and two assists.
Mitchner led the Lady Hawks in the goal, tallying 132 total saves, good for a .516 save percentage.