GRAND LAKE, Colo. - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse standouts Sam Keesey and Dani Bursinger were named 2019 IWLCA all-Americans as announced by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association on Tuesday evening. The announcement was made live via the LaxSportsNetwork during the Divison II all-American Special.
Keesey earns her second consecutive All-America honors as she repeats as a first-team selection in 2019 after leading a Moccasin defense that held opponents to a stunning 8.25 goals per game and an 8.17 mark in SSC games. The senior defender has totaled 110 draw controls, caused 48 turnovers, picked up 39 ground balls, and recorded six points (1g, 5a) to round out her collegiate career.
This season, Keesey set career highs in draw controls (110), caused turnovers (48), and assists (5). In her career, she has totaled triple digits in draw controls (233), caused turnovers (107), and ground balls (101). She is third all-time in individual single-season draw controls after totaling 110 this year. Keesey is third and fourth all-time in FSC single-season history as she totaled 48 caused turnovers in 2019 and 39 caused turnovers in 2018. Keesey's collegiate player career ended in the Division II IWLCA Senior all-Star game as a member of the South team. On the day she picked up a ground ball and caused a turnover as the South rallied off four unanswered goals for a 14-13 win.
Bursinger earns her third consecutive All-America honors and finds herself on the second team for the third time as she was named to the second team in 2017 and 2018. She completed her senior year with 145 draw controls, 18 goals, 18 assists, 31 ground balls, and caused 17 turnovers. Her goal in the Mocs 21-9 win over Seton Hill was the game-winning goal. She led the South Region with 145 total draw controls and is third in the region with 7.25 draw controls per game. Bursinger also set a career high with 18 draw controls in the Mocs 14-12 victory at then-No. 20 Queens (N.C.), and hit the 400 career draw control mark in the Mocs' 15-6 victory to hand Saint Leo its first loss of the season. Bursinger will leave Lakeland as the career leader in draw controls (439) and in a tie with Emily Santoli for most career games played (86). She is also among top-five in free position goals (29).
In addition, she ranks in the top-10 in numerous categories including, games started (65), goals scored (90), assists (74), points (164), shots (183), shots on goal (147), ground balls (90) and caused turnovers (47). Bursinger closed out her collegiate playing career as a member of the Division II South all-Star team, where she totaled a pair of goals, won three draw controls and picked up a ground ball. Her second goal on the day highlighted a four-goal comeback for the south as Bursinger tied the game at 13-13. The south would put the game-winning goal in the back of the net with 21 seconds remaining.
Florida Southern has now claimed 25 All-America honors in its women's lacrosse history.