May 12, 2014
Three days after graduating, Vanderbilt defender Alyssa Dunlap has earned her second postseason honor.
Dunlap was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s All-West Region Second Team on Monday. Dunlap was one of 16 players tabbed to the second team. The honor comes two weeks after she was named to the American Lacrosse Conference First Team.
The two-year captain from Villanova, Pa., added to a superb collegiate career with an outstanding senior season. The stingy defender ranked second on the team with 31 draw controls. She also had 29 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.
She developed a reputation as a shut-down defender, often tasked with guarding the opposing team’s top players. She stifled the nation’s leading scorer, and ALC Midfielder of the Year, Florida’s Shannon Gilroy, on April 13. Gilroy scored two goals – her second-fewest of the season. But only one came against Dunlap – the other was on a free position shot – as she smothered Gilroy the entire game.
Dunlap started all 65 games of her career and tied for ninth-most games played in program history. She ranked seventh with 117 ground balls in her career and had 65 draw controls, which is eighth-most at VU.
This marks the 37th time a Vanderbilt player has collected All-Region honors, with a Commodore making the first or second team every year since 2000.