Welcome everyone to the first year of the Dropsie* Awards (*name pending). With the ending of the Woman’s Lacrosse season we have reached the end of what we can possibly write about for the 2008-2009 school year. So with no where else to turn, and still needing to cover two more months until Football opens up practice, we are going to take a look back in the year that was for Maryland sports.
And first up on that list is Woman’s Lacrosse. Now most college sports blogs, they’d never touch woman’s lacrosse, but we here at Turtledroppings.com are different. We embrace our non-revenue sports (or do they prefer to be called Olympic Sports, I forget) and in Maryland that is pretty easy to do, because quite honestly they are, for the most part, highly successful programs. And no where is that more true than the Woman’s Lacrosse Program.
Now for those who follow the site regularly, you are aware that the Woman lost their first game of the year in the NCAA Semi Finals up in Towson. That was the bad news. The good news was that a bad year for Maryland Woman’s Lacrosse still has a 21-1 record, a 5-0 ACC record, as well as an ACC Championship. And it has Caitlyn McFadden as a Finalist for the Honda Sports Award for woman’s Lacrosse, which is all well and good, but unfortunately for Miss McFadden she did not take home a 2009 Dropsie.
Now Caitlyn can take comfort in the fact that the Honda Sports Award is a real award that probably comes with a nice banquet and some additional prizes. The Dropsies on the otherhand are based on two guys take on sports, that for the most part, they never played. However, if any of our winners are actually reading this, send us your mailing address and I’d be more than happy to mail you out a certificate. Of course it will be a Word Document with some clip art on it, printed off of a printer that is kind of low on color toner, but still, you can frame it and put it on your wall.
So with that, let’s get on with the ceremony. The winner of the Woman’s Lax Offensive MVP Dropsie goes to……Karri Ellen Johnson. Karri is a Freshman who hails from Annapolis, MD and attended Broadneck HS. She had 74 goals and 12 assists for a total of 86 points. Though the Dropsie could have gone to Caitlyn, I gave the edge to Karri Ellen Johnson, not because she has a cool three name combo that rolls off your tongue, but because of her shooting percentage. Karri scored on 61.2% of the shots she took. Congratulations Karri, now go call your parents. After you explain to them what this all about, I’m sure they will be proud.
Now moving on, though the goal scorers get all the glory, we here at Turtledroppings created a Defensive MVP Award to give credit to those who do battle in the back. Are they not just as important as the goal scorers? I think so. So we’re giving them their own award. But to be more specific we are actually giving the award to……Brittany Poist. Brittany is from Hampstead, MD and attended North Carroll HS. She caused 21 turnovers and had 40 ground balls. (By the way special thanks to my wife who explained what a ground ball is and why it is good to have if you are a defensive player). So congratulations Brittany. I’ll bet when you transfered from Louisville* you never dreamed it would lead to a Dropsie Award.
(* Just to empathize that I am not a stalker, all the facts on the lady’s are provided by UMTerps.com)
And finally our Dropsie for the “Lady” with the most penalties. Now please understand, I have a great deal of respect for the goon. It is a necessary and time honored position. There is nothing wrong with being someone just a little too high strung, so trust me when I say this is a good award to get. The 2009 Woman’s Lacrosse “Goon” Dropsie goes to none other than…..Karissa Taylor. Karissa is from Easton, MD, but just because she grew up close to Denton isn’t why she got the Dropsie. Karissa, who apparently doesn’t take much from anyone committed 45 fouls. Now there were a couple girls who were close, but no one could top the Easton Assassain (which I’m almost sure has to be her nickname).
So there you have it. To recap:
Offensive MVP- Karri Ellen Johnson
Defensive MVP- Brittany Poist
Goon Award- Karissa Taylor
The good news is all three Lady’s will be back for the 2010 season, so stay tuned next year to see which ones defend their title!