GRAND LAKE, CO - Meghan O'Brien was named as the Division II Player and Attacker of the Year as four Florida Southern College women's lacrosse players earned all-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, the IWLCA announced on Tuesday.
O'Brien, Emily Santoli, and Sam Keesey earned first team all-America accolades, while midfielder Dani Bursinger was a second-team selection. The four had previously been named as all-Sunshine State Conference and all-South Region honorees and helped lead the Moccasins to their third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship game.
Now a three-time first team all-American, O'Brien led Florida Southern in total points (98) with 49 goals and 49 assists during the season. She is just the second player in program history to record at least 100 goals and 100 assists in her career. O'Brien ranked 19th in the country in points and was 13th in assists as a senior. She tallied three goals in nine different games in 2018 and dished out at least three assists in 10 contests.
Also a three-time first team all-America selection, Santoli led the Moccasins in goals (72) and was second in total points (86) as a senior. Santoli scored three or more goals in 16 games as a senior, including three in an upset over then No. 1 Adelphi on Feb. 17. One of the most decorated players in program history, Santoli led the SSC and finished 12th nationally in goals while ranking 40th in total points.
Keesey earns her first career all-America honors after emerging as one of the top defenders in the country as a junior. She tallied 36th nationally in caused turnovers and 45th in draw controls per game, leading the Moccasins in both categories. Keesey also added five goals and an assist from the back line and was named as the MVP of the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Tournament after combining for eight groundballs, 16 draw controls, and six caused turnovers in two conference tournament games.
A two-time all-American after earning second team honors last year, Bursinger was a force in the midfield for Florida Southern. A true two-way threat, she scored 34 goals and tallied 11 assists while leading the team with 100 draw controls. She scored five goals and tallied two assists in the Feb. 17 win over Adelphi, and 47th in the nation in draw controls per game. She had 12 or more games with at least two goals.
Florida Southern has now claimed 22 all-America honors in its women's lacrosse history and four national Player of the Year honors after Santoli earned back-to-back Midfielder of the Year awards in 2016 and 2017.