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West Chester’s Stella, Barnett cap year with academic honors; Philly women earn Inquirer All-Academic

Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 6/23/19
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West Chester seniors Maggie Stella (Central Bucks East) and Sami Barnett (Interboro) were named Philadelphia Area Sports Information Directors Association (Philly-SIDA) academic all-area.

Stella also walked home with the 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer Performer of the Year plaudits for the sport of women’s lacrosse in a vote of SIDs from schools in the Philadelphia region. In order to be eligible for academic all-area honors, an athlete must be in at least his or her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or better.

WCU’s Maggie Stella (left), Sami Barnett

Stella, a two-time IWLCA first team all-region pick and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) player of the year this past spring, collected her second player of the year nod this season. She finished her final campaign with 56 goals, 19 assists and 75 points while scooping up 93 draw controls ad earning Second Team All-America. She ranked tied for fourth in the PSAC in draw controls and tied for 36th in the nation in the same category. She leaves West Chester ranked second all-time in career draw controls (204). Her 111 and 93 draws in each of the past two seasons also ranks among the Top four in a single-season in school history.

Barnett, who was a first-team All-American in 2018, caps a marvelous four-year career in the Purple & Gold with yet another honor. The senior was a first team All-PSAC and first team All-ECAC pick and first team IWLCA All-Atlantic Region pick already this year. She also was a Second Team All-America pick this year. She collected 65 draw controls and another 28 ground balls.

The 12 members of the academic all-area women’s lacrosse team includes student-athletes from 10 different institutions. Penn (Erin Barry, Gabby Rosenzweig) was the only other school with multiple selections.

Filling out the All-Area team were selections from Temple (Maddie Gebert, Owen J. Roberts), Swarthmore (Sadie Camilliere), Saint Joseph’s (Bridget Cerciello, Southern Lehigh),Haverford (Allie Gibbons), Drexel (Karson Harris), Rowan (Liz Kramer, Clearview Regional-NJ), Cabrini (Avery Murphy, Archbishop Carroll), and Jefferson (Sarah von Lange).


Student-Athlete School Cl. Major Hometown
Sami Barnett West Chester Sr. Nursing Glenolden, Pa./Interboro
Erin Barry Penn Jr. Communications Manhasset, N.Y.
Sadie Camilliere Swarthmore Jr. Psychology, Linguistics Huntingtown, Md.
Bridget Cerciello Saint Joseph’s Jr. Bus. Intelligence and Analytics Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh
Maddie Gebert Temple Jr. Supply Chain Management Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts
Allie Gibbons Haverford Sr. Psychology Baltimore, Md.
Karson Harris Drexel So. Health Sciences Great Mills, Md.
Liz Kramer Rowan Sr. Health Promo. & Wellness Mgmt Mullica Hill, N.J./Clearview Regional
Avery Murphy Cabrini Sr. Communications Paoli, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Gabby Rosenzweig Penn Jr. Communications Somers, N.Y.
Maggie Stella West Chester Sr. Special Education Doylestown, Pa.
Sarah von Lange Jefferson Jr. Health Sciences Marriottsville, Md.

Temple’s Maddie Gebert (Owen J. Roberts)
For her achievements both on the field and in the classroom, Temple junior Maddie Gebert is one of 12 student-athletes selected to the 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women’s Lacrosse Team.

Gebert, a supply chain management major with a 3.63 GPA, was a 2019 American Athletic Conference First Team honoree and a 2019 Preseason All-AAC Team selection. She led the Owls with 40 goals, helping them reach the first-ever AAC Women’s Lacrosse Tournament with a 3-2 league record, and was a two-time AAC Attacker of the Week.

Gebert started in all 17 games in 2019 and scored two game-winning goals. She scored a goal in 15 of 17 contests with seven hat tricks, including a season high-tying five goals in the Owls’ AAC Tournament quarterfinal game. Notably, Gebert was diagnosed with epilepsy in high school and began sharing her story about dealing with the disease in the 2018-19 school year.

In each of the past two years, Gebert has been named to Temple’s President’s Honor Roll for having a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Cabrini’s Avery Murphy (Archbishop Carroll)

This the second time Murphy has received the accolade. The senior recently completed one of the best careers in the history of the program. Murphy won her third consecutive conference Player of the Year award and was named to the IWLCA All-Metro Region First Team after setting single season program records with 95 goals, 124 points and 206 draw controls, while her 62 caused turnovers tied the record.

In just three seasons in the blue and white, Murphy amassed 238 career goals and 452 draw controls, most in school history, while her 316 points ranked second.

St. Joe’s Bridget Cerciella (Southern Lehigh)

A 2019 Atlantic 10 First Team and Academic All-Conference Team selection, Cerciello started all 19 games in the midfield this spring en route to 35 points (31g, 4a), 79 draw controls, 40 ground balls, and 18 caused turnovers. She went for two goals, seven draw controls, and four ground balls in the A-10 Tournament quarters vs. VCU and followed up with one goal, four draw controls, and two ground balls in the semis vs. UMass.

During the regular season, Cerciello scored five times against VCU and four times against Duquesne, adding eight draw controls in each victory, posted a hat trick against then-#17 Johns Hopkins, and scrapped for five ground balls at then-#13 Navy.

The junior team captain, a business intelligence and analytics major out of Center Valley, Pennsylvania, worked as an analytics intern with Logicworks (NYC) in Summer 2018 and will return for her senior campaign in 2020.

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