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Lucia Smircich
Lucia Smircich
Courtesy: Joel Turrell
Katelyn Miller, Lucia Smircich Earn Women's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Honors
Release:   04/21/2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior midfielder Katelyn Miller and freshman defender Lucia Smircich were named to the Women’s Lacrosse All-Patriot League Second Team on Monday. For Miller, it was her third career all-conference citation, while Smircich became the first Bison rookie in eight years to earn all-league honors.

Miller had another outstanding year for the Bison, and she will graduate ranked among the program’s all-time leaders in every offensive and defensive statistical category. This year she lead the team in goals (29), points (41), ground balls (36) and caused turnovers. She currently ranks 10th in the Patriot League in points and fourth in both ground balls and caused turnovers.

Bucknell finished the season 4-2 over its final six games, and in those games Miller produced 27 points on 20 goals and seven assists. She scored four or more points in the final five games of season, and on Monday she also earned her second straight Patriot League Midfielder of Week award.

Miller will graduate ranked No. 2 on Bucknell's all-time points list. Her 177 career points trail only the 185 compiled by Carol Donohue from 2007-10. Miller tied Sue Gray for fifth in career goals with 127, and her 50 assists will rank fourth in Bison annals. She will also depart ranked second in caused turnovers (101), third in draw controls (139) and sixth in ground balls (131). 

Later this week Miller will be vying for her third straight Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. A biology major with a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average, Miller will be headed to the University of Maryland Dental School next year.

Smircich made an immediate impact on defense for the Bison. She played in all 16 games, including 15 starts, and ranked second on the team behind Miller in ground balls with 28. Smircich also caused 15 turnovers, third-most on the squad. She recorded three caused turnovers against Duquesne and had three ground balls in a game four times.

Miller is the 11th player in program history to be named to an all-conference team at least three times. The last was Bonnie Buechel, who was a four-time All-Patriot League selection from 2006-09. Buechel was also the last Bison freshman all-leaguer in 2006.

Regular-season champion Loyola claimed four of the five major awards. Annie Thomas was named Offensive Player of the Year, Marlee Paton was picked as Midfielder of the Year, Maddy Lesher was tabbed as Defensive Player of the Year and Jen Adams was named Coach of the Year. Lehigh’s Allison LaBeau was named Rookie of the Year.

Bucknell finished the 2014 season with a 4-12 overall record and a 2-6 mark in the Patriot League. 

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