William Smith College junior Rachel Hughes continues to earn awards after a record-breaking season, being named the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year and earning a spot on the ECAC All-Star first team.
An IWLCA All-American for the second straight year, Hughes led the Herons in caused turnovers, ground balls and draw controls. She finished the season 10th in the nation, averaging 3.13 caused turnovers per game, notching at least one caused turnover in 14 games. In a 12-7 win over Clarkson, Hughes tallied a William Smith game record seven caused turnovers. She posted a Heron single season record with a total of 50 caused turnovers this year.
Hughes ranked third in the Liberty League with 56 ground balls and 15th with 32 draws. She produced a career-high 14 points on nine goals and five assists. Hughes was named to the All-Empire Region first team and was selected the Liberty League’s Defensive Player of the Year. She was a unanimous selection to the all-league first team.
Hughes has played in 50 career games. She has logged 152 ground balls, 85 draws, 13 goals and 10 assists. Hughes ranks second on the William Smith list for career caused turnovers with 99 and is 13th on the Heron lists for career ground balls and career draws.
William Smith finished 2014 with an 8-8 overall record and an 8-1 mark in Liberty League play. The Herons earned a spot in the conference tournament for the third year in a row.