For the second year in a row, William Smith College sophomore defender Mekayla Montgomery was named an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III All-American. She was selected to the second team. Montgomery was one of 57 student-athletes named to the 2019 IWLCA Division III All-American teams.
The Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year, Montgomery was named to the third team last year. She played in all 20 games this season, starting 19. Montgomery was also named to the IWLCA All-Empire Region first team and the All-Liberty League first team.
Montgomery led the team with 93 draws, 62 ground balls and 46 caused turnovers. Her 93 draws shattered William Smith’s single-season record previously held by Lucy Johnson ’12. Montgomery won seven or more draws four times, including a William Smith record 11 against Vassar. A four-time Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week, she finished the season second on the single-season list for caused turnovers, four shy of Rachel Hughes’ record of 50 set in 2014. Montgomery had six caused turnovers against Cabrini and five caused turnovers against Bowdoin. She led the Liberty League in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game (2.30) and was second in ground balls and ground balls per game (3.10). A midfielder to start the year, Montgomery compiled eight goals and three assists for 11 points. She recorded five points on two goals and three assists against the Cavaliers.
In 39 career games, Montgomery has 160 draws, 107 ground balls and has 75 caused turnovers. She is second on William Smith’s career draws list, 12 behind Johnson, and eighth on the caused turnovers list.
William Smith finished 2019 with a 17-3 overall record. The Herons 17 wins are second most in a season in program history. William Smith won its fourth consecutive Liberty League regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.