COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse May graduate Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) added to her trophy case this week, earning a selection to the USA Lacrosse Magazine All-America third team on Wednesday before being chosen for the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-East Region first team on Thursday.
Coleman is the fourth All-America pick in program history, joining SMC Athletic Hall of Famers Megan Gately '93 in 1993 (IWLCA) and Kelly Sharenko '00 in 1999 (US Lacrosse) as well as Jessica Anderson '05 in 2005 (IWLCA/US Lacrosse). Thirty-nine women from Division II - including 10 from the Northeast-10 Conference - were chosen for USA Lacrosse Magazine All-America, with 13 being placed on each of three teams. Coleman was one of 12 defenders selected, as four landed on each squad.
With her IWLCA All-East Region selection, Coleman became the first member of her program to ever land all-region first team honors. The IWLCA's All-America teams will be revealed in the coming weeks. Thirty-two student-athletes were IWLCA All-East Region, with Coleman one of 16 on the first team, among them five defenders. She is the 10th all-region player in program history, and the first since fellow defender Taylor Midgley '15 and Steph Bonewald '16 in 2015. Six Purple Knights had been placed as high as the IWLCA all-region second team.
Already this spring, Coleman was named NE10 Northeast Division Defensive Player of the Year while landing on the NE10 All-Conference first team, claiming her second career all-league laurel.
With only the NCAA Division II Final Four remaining this season, Coleman leads Division II in caused turnovers per game (3.7) while placing third in ground balls average (5.0), tying for sixth in caused turnovers (37) and tying for ninth in ground balls (50). She paces the region in caused turnovers per game and ground balls per game while placing second in caused turnovers and third in ground balls.
Coleman finished her career 10th in NE10 history with a school-record 121 caused turnovers in 40 games - compared to committing just 20 turnovers. She not only owns the program's career mark but also registered the top three season figures, with 52 in 2019, 37 this spring and 32 as a rookie in 2018.
Coleman's 50 ground balls this season were the most by a Purple Knight since Lauren Rizzotti '09 collected 51 in 2009. With 112 for her career, Coleman was 11 shy of the program's top 10 - despite her team not playing a single game in 2020 and competing in a limited 10-game slate this spring. The captain added her first two career assists this season, coming within the last five games.
Coleman caused at least three turnovers in eight games this season, including 15 in the final three contests alone. She had 13 ground balls and three caused turnovers at 21st-ranked Saint Anselm College on April 7, six ground balls and six caused turnovers versus Southern New Hampshire University three days later, and six caused turnovers against Franklin Pierce University on April 20. Four days later at 15th-ranked Bentley University, the eventual NE10 Championship titlist, Coleman notched six ground balls and five caused turnovers before forcing four turnovers at Franklin Pierce on April 30 in an NE10 Championship first-round game.