Women's Lacrosse

Sasha Cielak - 7

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sparks, Md.

High School:
Hereford

Height:
5-7

Position:
Midfield

Sasha Cielak

2007: One of nine players to start all 17 games... Named a second-team All-American by the IWLCA... First-team All-West/Midwest Region honors... First-team All-American Lacrosse Conference for the second straight season... Led the Commodores in ground balls and caused turnovers... Third on the team in draw controls... Season-high five caused turnovers against No. 1 Northwestern... Picked up six ground balls and four caused turnovers against Cal... Five ground balls and four caused turnovers at Cornell... Caused multiple turnovers in 13 games during the year.

2006: Started all 16 games as Vanderbilt's top matchup defender... Earned second-team All-America honors from Inside Lacrosse magazine and womenslacrosse.com... Named a first-team All-South Region selection by the IWLCA... Honored as first-team All-Conference by a vote of American Lacrosse Conference coaches... Led the Commodores in ground balls and caused turnovers for the second straight season... Posted a season-high six ground balls in win over New Hampshire... Caused season-high four turnovers on three occasions: vs. Penn State, at Duke and vs. Ohio State... Third on the team in draw controls... Controlled six draws at North Carolina... Assisted on a Kate Hickman goal late in the Stanford game.

2005: Started all 15 games in the Commodore defense... Received a host of post-season honors... Earned second-team All-ALC honors... Also recognized as a second-team South Region All-American by the IWLCA... And named a third-team All-American by Inside Lacrosse magazine... Placed on the womenslacrosse.com national All-Rookie team... Tied for first on the team with 25 caused turnovers... Third on the team in ground balls and draw controls... Picked up an individual season-high five ground balls in her first collegiate game, Feb. 26 at Penn State... Came up with at least one ground ball in every game... Caused a team season-high four turnovers at conference-rival Ohio... Controlled three draw controls against Notre Dame, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

High School: Four-year varsity starter for the Bulls... First-team all-county selection during junior and senior seasons... Won group 2A state championships during freshman, sophomore and junior seasons... Also lettered in track and field.

Personal: Sasha Noel Cielak... Born Dec. 7, 1986 in Sparks, Md... Daughter of Debbie Ensor and Stan Cielak... Oldest of six children -- Natasha, Jacob, Stashu, Jessica and Marek... Step-father played lacrosse at Cornell... Uncle played lacrosse at Maryland... Majoring in elementary education and child studies... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

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