Lacrosse Players Named All-American
BLOOMSBURG—The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association (IWLCA) and US Lacrosse have named four members of the Bloomsburg University lacrosse team All-America.
Named first team All-America are Georgia Carinci (Springmount/Perkiomen Valley) and Sheila Zilinski (Barto/Boyertown), while Megan Pry (Downington/Downington) and Marci Zilinski (Barto/Boyertown) were named second team.
Carinci, the PSAC Lacrosse Athlete of the Year, led the Huskies in scoring this season with 75 points (46 goals-29 assists), tying the school record of Meghan Vernon (1995) for most points in a season. She was also named the MVP of the PSAC title game after she scoring five goals and adding an assist in a win over West Chester. In the NCAA Division II semifinals against Longwood, Carinci scored four times to lead the Huskies in a 13-9 loss.
Carinci finished her junior season tied with Kelly Cuthbert (1986-89) for the all-time lead in points in Bloomsburg history with 183 (110 goals-73 assists).
Sheila Zilinski earns first team All-America honors despite only being a second team All-PSAC selection. This past season Zilinski scored 30 goals and added six assists for the Huskies, including a five-goal effort in a win over Philadelphia University.
Zilinski is also one of the few athletes in Division II to earn All-American honors in two different sports in the same year. In field hockey she was the Honda Award winner, symbolic of the nation's Top Division II field hockey player as well as the 2002 PSAC Field Hockey Athlete of the Year, first team All-American and the ECAC Division II Player of the Year. She added to her honors by being voted the winner of Bloomsburg's Joanne McComb Outstanding Female Underclassman Award. She ended the field hockey season tied for the team-lead in goals with 14 and was second in assists with eight. She showed why she was earned her many honors after she scoring two goals in the NCAA title game and one in the NCAA semi-finals. For her play in the NCAA tournament, Zilinski was named to the All-Tournament team.
In the classroom Zilinski also shines having been named to the PSAC Fall Top 10 Team for Academic Excellence as well as earning being a Bloomsburg University Scholar-Athlete.
Megan Pry, who is the school's all-time leader in assists with 84, scored 18 goals this past season and added a school record 41 assists. Pry, second team All-PSAC this season, tied a Bloomsburg single-game record when she recorded five assists in the Huskies win over West Chester for the PSAC championship.
Marci Zilinski, a first team All-PSAC choice this season, earns her first All-American honor for her play on defense. One of the most tenacious defenders, Zilinski helped the Huskies hold opponents to an average of 9.4 goals per games, including seven games with led than 10 goals scored.
Bloomsburg finished 2003 with a record of 13-2 and won the PSAC championship for the third time in school history and was NCAA Division II national semifinalists.