NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The historic season for Salisbury University women's lacrosse seniors Alexis Strobel and Carrie Hesen is culminated by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announcing the senior duo as Players of the Year for Division III on Thursday.
Strobel was honored as the Division III Player of the Year and Attacker of the Year while Hesen earned Defender of the Year. Strobel becomes the first player in program history to become the National Player of the Year and the third Attacker of the Year in team history. Hesen is the fourth Defender of the Year in program history.
The Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) Player of the Year, Strobel earned the second IWLCA All-American honor of her career last week after one of the best individual seasons in program history. Strobel led the nation in assists with 82 helpers in 2021, which set a new SU single-season assist record and fourth-best in Division III history. Strobel became the seventh player in program history to tally 100 or more points in a season with her 110 points during the season. She also scored 28 goals and picked up 11 ground balls.
Strobel concludes her career as Salisbury's all-time leader in assists with 191 in her four years in the maroon and gold, which is 13th all-time in Division III history. She also ranks fourth in team history with 255 points in her 63 games with the Sea Gulls.
A defensive leader for the Sea Gulls, Hesen was the go-to player on the backline for SU and was assigned to defend the best attackers on the opposing teams. The first-ever C2C Defensive Player of the Year and a 2021 IWLCA First-Team All-American, Hesen had a career season in 2021. She tallied career-highs in caused turnovers (27), draw controls (69) and ground balls (27). As a team, Salisbury led the C2C in scoring defense (7.85), caused turnovers per game (9.90) and ranked second in ground balls per game (17.90).
Salisbury finished the 2021 season with a perfect 20-0 record and reign as the NCAA Division III National Champions after a thrilling 14-13 win over Tufts in the title game on May 23.
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