Shorter’s Du­laney earns GSC Coach of the Year hon­ors

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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.

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