Alive for a post-season berth on the final weekend of the year for the first time in program history, the Clarkson University Women’s Lacrosse team set several new standards in 2013, and several Golden Knights were rewarded for their outstanding seasons with the announcement of the Liberty League All-Star teams on Tuesday, led by Liberty League Rookie of the Year Christine Wright (Watertown, NY).
The Golden Knights finished 11-5 this season and had four conference all-star team members, with seniors Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) and Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) gaining First-Team recognition, Wright winning the Rookie of the Year and being named to the Second-Team, and senior Jeannette Pendergast (Greenfield Center, NY) receiving Honorable Mention status.
Wright became the first Clarkson Women’s Lacrosse player to ever receive Liberty League Rookie of the Year honors, and the fourth Golden Knights female to win such an honor in the 2012-13 academic year, joining Victoria Kirkemo (Volleyball), Ashley Loggins (Basketball), and Erin Ambrose (Hockey). Wright broke virtually every single-season freshman record at Clarkson, recording 72 points on 50 goals and 22 assists
while also grabbing 68 draw controls. She was chosen for Liberty League Weekly honors on five occasions and also ranked second on the team with 39 groundballs. Along with winning the Rookie of the Year Award, Wright also was chosen as a Liberty League Second-Team All-Star midfielder, ranking third in the conference in points, tied for fourth in assists, and sixth in goals. She also placed third in draw controls.
Cristaldi was named a Liberty League First-Team All-Star on attack for the second straight year and it was her third straight season as a conference all-star. She broke her own single-season mark for points with 75 (53 goals, 22 assists) and pushed her all-time total to 262, easily the most in Clarkson history. She finished the season ranked second in the conference in points and was tied for fourth in both goals and assists.
VanDeValk joined Cristaldi on the Liberty League First-Team, the first time she has earned the notice, as a midfielder. VanDeValk tied for the team lead with 53 goals and totaled 63 points overall, joining Cristaldi as the only two players in Clarkson program history to have 200 career points. She also led the team in groundballs (41), caused turnovers (22) and was third in draw controls (33). She, too, ranked fourth in the conference in goals and finished sixth in points.
Senior Jeannette Pendergast was picked as a Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star, becoming only the second defender in program history to be named to the all-star squad. Pendergast had her best season ever for the Knights, starting all 16 games and recording seven points (four goals, three assists). Defensively, she finished fourth on the team with 24 groundballs and was tied for second among Clarkson players in caused turnovers with 15.