MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Conference Carolinas announced its 2017 women's lacrosse award winners on Saturday afternoon and included were five players from Pfeiffer University. Juniors Molly O'Friel and Josie Lent, and sophomore Ally Unkenholz were tabbed first-team All-Conference, while freshman Meagan Bourque and junior goalkeeper Emily James were honored as second-team representatives.
O'Friel (Chesapeake Beach, MD / Huntingtown HS) scored a team-high 58 goals throughout the regular season, which is tied for No. 2 in the conference. She was only six goals away from breaking the school's single-season scoring record – one that has held since 2002 – and finishes just one spot behind the all-time record holder. O'Friel also led the team in points, ground balls, draw controls, caused turnovers, shot accuracy, and shots on goal. Her 18 assists are a career-high.
After getting second-team All-Conference as a sophomore, Lent (Vestavia Hills, AL / Vestavia Hills HS) is again recognized for being one of the best defenders in the league, finishing the regular season with 43 caused turnovers (3rd in CC). Her 46 ground balls are the third-most in the conference on the team and are a career-high.
Unkenholz (Ellicott City, MD / Mt. Hebron HS) wrapped up a stellar second season with the Falcons, totaling 79 points (4th in CC) in 16 games. She scored multiple goals in all but three games in 2017, holding the second-most on the team (49) and her team-leading 30 assists rank No. 5 in the conference.
Bourque (Seabrook. TX / Clear Falls HS) had a strong collegiate debut for Pfeiffer, scoring 37 goals (3rd on team) to accompany her 17 assists. She recorded three goals or more six times this season, including a career-high five goals against Emmanuel, Chowan, and Barton.
James (Marietta, GA / Walton HS) receives her first all-conference award after starting 13 games (719:06 minutes) in goal for the Falcons this spring. With an 8-6 record, James recorded 108 saves for a 45.6 save percentage, which ranks No. 3 in Conference Carolinas.