SCAC Attacker-of-the-Year Hayley Donnelly Headlines Three Pirate All-SCAC Selections

SCAC Attacker-of-the-Year Hayley Donnelly Headlines Three Pirate All-SCAC Selections

Southwestern University Pirates senior attacker Hayley Donnelly was named the 2019 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Women's Lacrosse Attacker-of-the-Year, headlining three Pirates on the All-SCAC Team.

Donnelly ends her collegiate career as Southwestern University's all-time career leader in points (174), points per game (3.87), and assists (68). From the SCAC:

Donnelly, a senior attack from Houston, Texas, was at the top of the SCAC in nearly every offensive statistical category. A four-time SCAC Player-of-the-Week honoree, Donnelly finished the regular season second in the league in points (89) on 43 goals (fourth in the SCAC) and 46 assists (tied for first in the SCAC) in only 13 games played.

Her 6.84 points per game ranks first in SCAC history for a single-season and her 46 assists currently sits tied for the highest single-year output in league history. Donnelly fired the fourth-most shots during the year (78) and among players who took 50 or more attempts, she ranked fourth in shots-on-goal percentage getting 84.6 percent on cage. She scored three or more goals on nine different occasions, highlighted by six goals in back-to-back games in early March as the Pirates defeated N.C. Wesleyan and Cornell.

Donnelly passed out four or more assists in six games, led by a season-high nine helpers, in which she set new single-game SCAC records for both assists and points in a game (12), in a 22-10 win over Augustana (Ill.). Donnelly is the first Southwestern student-athlete to earn any major SCAC women's lacrosse award.

Joining Donnelly on the All-SCAC First Team is Midfielder Grace Maynard and Defender Julia Tape. Natasha Perez-Krause and Johnee Wolter received honorable mention.

Maynard finished second in the SCAC in caused turnovers (27),  eighth in points (38) and goals (28), and ninth in assists (10). Tape finished sixth in the SCAC in ground balls (34) with seven caused turnovers and eight draw controls.

Southwestern University finished the season 7-6 and second in conference, advancing to the SCAC Championship game. It was the first year the women's lacrosse team finished with a winning record.