Mason Lacrosse Places Three on All-State Team

Posted: June 24, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Three George Mason women’s lacrosse players–senior All-American Jill Toomey, senior Paula Priest, and sophomore Meg Dentler–were each named All-State in voting conducted by the Virginia College Sports Information Directors. Toomey and Priest both receive the honor for the third consecutive season, while Dentler is tabbed for the second consecutive year.

Toomey, a 2002 and 2003 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American and IWLCA South All-Region selection, and three-time first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honoree, was a four-year starter at attack for the Patriots. She led the Patriots last season in goals scored (59), points (72), and draw controls (33). She shot 45.7 percent from the field, and also finished second on the team in ground balls with 45 and third in assists with 13. A 2002 and 2003 team captain, Toomey completed the year ranked seventh nationally in points per game and fifth nationally in goals per outing.

Priest, who started 12 games on defense and played in 14 due to a knee injury, also earned her third straight All-CAA first team honor in 2003, concluding the year ranked sixth nationally in caused turnovers at 2.79 per game. Since her return from injury, she averaged 3.43 caused turnovers in the final 11 contests of the year, and was fourth on the roster overall in ground balls with 32. Priest concludes her career as the Patriot record-holder for caused turnovers with 117.

Dentler also garnered 2003 IWLCA All-Region second team and first-team All-CAA honors. The sophomore goalkeeper led the league in save percentage at .583, which ranked fifth in the nation. She totaled 207 saves on the season and posted a 9.49 goals-against average, adding 29 ground balls, seven caused turnovers, and one draw control. The 2002 CAA Rookie of the Year, Dentler started 16 of 17 games in the cage of the Patriots this season and recorded 10 or more saves 13 times, including a season-high 23. Last year, Dentler set the school record for saves in a season with 225.

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