May 15, 2014 8:00 PM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four members of the Colorado College women's lacrosse team earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's all-West Region team after leading the Tigers to a 13-6 record during the 2014 campaign.
Senior defender Sheridan Gribbon and freshman midfielder Mary Taussig were first-team selections, while senior attackers Elise Burchard and Madeline Scherer were named to the second team.
Gribbon, who was recognized for the first time, started 67 of 68 games during her four-year career. This season, she finished second on the team with a career-high 19 caused turnovers, the fourth year in a row Gribbon finished in double figures. She also was second with a career-best 57 ground balls and sixth with a personal-best 16 draw controls.
The Alexandria, Va., product posted career highs with seven ground balls and four draw controls during the 22-16 victory over Albright College and recorded four caused turnovers during the 17-7 win over Morrisville State.
"Sheridan has been unbelievable for four years," Stuart said. "It's nice to see her get recognized at the regional level because she is so incredibly talented. Sheridan is a playmaker in the defensive end as well as the transition game. She is the type of player who makes everyone around her better."
Taussig, one of only two freshmen on the first team, appear in all 19 games, including 17 as a starter. She led the team with 16 assists, was second with 43 points and fourth with 27 goals. Taussig, who tied for third with a pair of game-winning goals, struck five times and had seven points against Albright.
Defensively, the product of Larchmont, N.Y., finished first on the team with 73 ground balls, 56 draw controls and 35 caused turnovers. She also set the team's single-game highs with eight draw controls and five caused turnovers the University of during victories over Puget Sound, and tied the team-best with eight ground balls on three occasions.
"Mary was a high school All-American who exceeded expectations," Stuart said. "She's an unselfish player who is a force at both ends of the field. Mary has great vision, is very fast and can run forever. She has so much untapped potential."
Burchard, who was honored for the second year in a row, ranked among the team leaders in all phases of the game. In the offensive zone, she was third with 31 goals, 11 assists and 42 points, all of which were personal single-season highs. Burchard also was second with 28 draw controls, as well as sixth with 24 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
A native of Glenview, Ill., Burchard struck for the deciding tally during triumphs over Pacific University (14-7) and Chapman University (14-12), which tied for third on the team. She finished her career ranked 13th with 90 goals, 15th with 121 points and 18th with 31 assists.
"Elise gets noticed because she is fast, strong and often has the fastest shot on the field," Stuart said. "When she goes hard to the net, defenders get out of the way. We played Elise at attack, but we also used her a lot in the midfielder because of her strength and speed."
In addition to her first all-region honor, Scherer earned a place among the program's top offensive players by setting a single-season record with 60 goals and placing fourth on the all-time list with 72 points. She also tied for first on the team with three game winners, which gives her a career total of five.
The Pennington, N.J., product recorded multiple goals and points during 16 of 19 games. She struck for a personal-best six goals during the 17-7 victory over Morrisville State College and recorded a single-game high of seven points on three occasions.
"Maddie had a great senior season," Stuart said. "To be recognized beyond our program is well deserved. When we needed a spark, she found her way to the net. Our offense provided opportunities and Madeline did a nice job of choreographing the attack."
A total of 256 players nationwide earned either first- or second-team accolades from the IWLCA.
"It was a great way for the seniors to finish their careers," said assistant Coach Katie Trainor, who recently completed her first season at CC. "For Mary, it was a great start and she will only get better."