Sarah Priem Named Most Valuable Player for Women's Lacrosse
April 30, 2013
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team celebrated its inaugural season Sunday evening in downtown Milwaukee and gave out four awards at its season-ending banquet.
Freshman goal keeper Sarah Priem was chosen as the most valuable player by her teammates after starting all 17 games in net and ending the regular season 13th in all of NCAA Division I with 137 saves. Priem also ranked 20th nationally in saves per game and led the Golden Eagles in ground balls (41/2.41 per game) and caused turnovers (20/1.18 per game).
“Sarah definitely deserved the most valuable player award,” Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. “She had a huge job as the starting goalie for a new program and not only stepped up, but exceeded all expectations. She did an amazing job day-in and day-out and helped our team grow on both ends of the field. She single-handedly kept us in games with top opponents and it was a pleasure to work with her and watch her grow over the course of the season.”
Ranking second on the team to Priem in ground balls with 33 (1.94 per game) was freshman Elizabeth Goslee, who started all 17 games for the Golden Eagles on defense in 2013. Fittingly, that effort to help Marquette maintain possession garnered Goslee the team’s hustle award.
“’Biz’ never stops working,” Black said. “She defines the word hustle in her play every single day on the field. Just when you think she should be too tired to keep going, she goes harder than she did before. She pushes herself at all times and pushes her teammates to work harder. Her hustle defines what we want Marquette lacrosse to be all about.”
The most improved honor went to freshman midfielder Lauren Nickson, who stepped into a role as a key reserve following an injury to starter Lauren Hooker early in the season. Nickson saw action in 14 games, including three starting assignments and recorded 10 ground balls and was credited with six caused turnovers.
“Lauren was outstanding for us this season. She was the spark that we needed many different times. She worked so hard on her own to get better and earn a spot on the field, both as a starter and as a reserve off the bench. She helped us have quality depth in the midfield on both ends,” Black said.
Preim’s backup in net, Emma Salter, earned the “MU Rah Rah” Award for her dedication and enthusiasm for the women’s lacrosse program and Marquette University. Salter played just over 116 minutes in nine games this season and made 15 saves between the pipes.
“Emma has the most spirit day in and day out that I have ever seen. She lightens every situation she is in and helps keep a smile on everyone's faces,” Black said. “Emma is positive and full of enthusiasm and energy. She is a pleasure to have on the team and has the best attitude towards every situation. We could not have faced all these challenges that we had this year without Emma right there to pump us all up.”
The Golden Eagles concluded their first season of NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse with an overall record of 2-15 as an independent and will join the BIG EAST Conference in 2014.