Tickle Garners VaSID All-State First Team Selection
Liberty lacrosse senior defender Victoria Tickle was voted to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division Women's Lacrosse All-State first team, as announced by the organization on Friday.
Tickle is the third Lady Flame in program history to receive first team distinction, joining Colleen Ekert (2015-16) and Jen Freymond (2013). She was one of 11 players from the Commonwealth selected to the first team.
The Fairfax, Va., native put together the best season of her career as a senior, setting a new program record for ground balls with 53 while also compiling a team-best 27 caused turnovers. Tickle, who finished No. 36 in the country in ground balls per game (2.79), was also a Big South All-Conference second team selection and was named to the Big South All-Tournament team.
Tickle was named to the VaSID All-State first team on Friday.
Tickle scooped up three or more ground balls in 13 of Liberty lacrosse's 19 games. The signature performance of her career came on Senior Night against Radford on April 19. She notched six caused turnovers and corralled six ground balls, both career bests, in a 13-10 victory over the Highlanders.
Tickle closes out her distinguished Liberty career seventh all-time in school history in both ground balls (102) and caused turnovers (57). She graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.
Virginia's Maggie Jackson was tabbed the VaSID Player of the Year, while the Cavaliers' Sammy Mueller earned VaSID Rookie of the Year distinction. James Madison 11th-year head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe received VaSID Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time.
2017 VaSID All-State University Division Women's Lacrosse Team
VaSID Player of the Year – Maggie Jackson, Virginia VaSID Coach of the Year – Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe, James Madison VaSID Rookie of the Year – Sammy Mueller, Virginia
First Team G – Megan Gianforte, Richmond D – Abby Junior, William & Mary D – Kaitlin Luzik, Virginia D – Rebecca Tooker, James Madison D – Victoria Tickle, Liberty M – Kasey Behr, Virginia M – Maggie Jackson, Virginia M – Haley Warden, James Madison A – Kim Egizi, Richmond A – Kristen Gaudian, James Madison A – Kelly Reese, Virginia
Second Team G – Emily Poelma, James Madison D – Kerri Caruso, Old Dominion D – Leslie Espenschied, Richmond D – Natalie Ledwitz, Old Dominion M – Alexa McGovern, George Mason M – Sammy Meuller, Virginia M – Elena Romesburg, James Madison A – Besser Dyson, Virginia A – Sam Geiersbach, Richmond A – Sky Hyatt, Virginia Commonwealth A – Kristine Loscalzo, Virginia Tech