Steph Kelly ’18 and Mary Taussig ’17, who led the Colorado College women’s lacrosse team to a 15-4 record and a berth in the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship, were named second-team All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Kelly, a third-team selection as a sophomore in 2016, was honored for the second year in a row while Taussig earned the distinction for the first time and became the 11th Tiger to receive the honor. Only 48 student-athletes nationwide were recognized.
“It’s an honor to have multiple All-Americans and we're proud of Steph, Mary and all of our players,” head coach Susan Stuart says. “Collectively, they have raised the program back to a level of national prominence. Steph and Mary have the skill and talent in the world, but they can't do it alone.”
It marked the first time CC had two or more All-Americans in the same season since Helen Sneath, Kate Fitzgerald, and Hannah Murtaugh received the award in 2006.
Kelly leads the Tigers with program single-season records of 56 assists and 107 points, which respectively rank sixth and eighth nationally. She also is second with 51 goals, which is a personal season best.
The St. Louis product needs only three points to surpass Mary Everett’s (1996-99) school record of 252. Kelly already is the program’s all-time leader with 121 assists and is eighth with 129 goals. The junior attacker also owns a team-high 105 draw controls and is fifth with 35 ground balls.
“Playing multiple sports has helped Steph become the player she is today,” Stuart says. “She is strong, athletic, and creative, and she sees the field very well. Steph has incredible hand-eye coordination and still has untapped potential.”
One of the most effective two-way players in the nation, Taussig leads CC with 54 ground balls and 42 caused turnovers, and ranks second on the team with 43 draw controls. In the offensive zone, she is fourth with 36 goals and 47 points, and fifth with 11 assists.
During the second-round victory at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Taussig led the Tiger attack with four goals and six points. She also caused four turnovers and grabbed three ground balls and three draw controls.
Taussig became the fourth player in program history to record 150 career goals when she struck for the game winner on a free-position shot with 13:39 remaining in the game.
The native of Larchmont, N.Y., also is sixth with 201 career points and 13th with 51 assists.
Defensively, Taussig owns the school’s all-time records with 249 ground balls and 159 caused turnovers.
“Mary has played at an All-America level throughout her career,” Stuart says. “She is hard to stop on offense and plays dominating defense. Mary is selfless, humble and positive. When things get tough, she works even harder. Mary would start on any team in the country.”