Lexington, Ky. – Transylvania women's lacrosse student-athletes Harper Zeitz and Courtney Pontious were each named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region Team, the IWLCA announced Monday.
Zeitz, a junior defender from Louisville, Kentucky (Eastern HS) and Pontious, a sophomore midfielder from Caledonia, Michigan (Caledonia HS) each earned their first career IWLCA All-Region selections with their 2019 selections to the West Region Second Team.
In her first season as a Pioneer, Pontious had a rousing campaign as she provided a heavy dose of offense for Transylvania, leading the Pioneers in goals with 73 on the season. That total ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference as she helped led the Pioneers to an undefeated run in conference play and their second consecutive regular-season and conference tournament titles.
Pontious led the conference in points with 97 total while adding 77 draw controls, 44 ground balls, and 24 assists. The sophomore had 14 hat-tricks in 20 games played for the Pioneers including a string of seven straight contests with a hat-trick.
Pontious had a career-high eight goals on April 20 in a 20-2 win at Thomas More, finishing with 9 points on the day. She posted seven goals and one assist in the HCLC Championship game against Hanover, a 20-0 result that clinched the Pioneers' second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Pontious also commanded a career-best 12 draw controls in that same game.
Zeitz had another milestone season for the Pioneers as she anchored one of the toughest defenses in the country. Zeitz stood atop the HCLC with 30 caused turnovers and ranked top-five in the conference in other categories, including ground balls (60), draw controls (65). In the regular season, Zeitz's defensive unit held opponents to 5.21 goals per contest. In Transylvania's six games against conference opponents, those six opponents only mustered two goals per game. Her efforts were recognized as she also went on to capture HCLC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the first time in her career.
Zeitz and Pontious are the third and fourth players in the history of Transylvania women's lacrosse to earn All-Region awards.
256 Division III student-athletes earned selection onto this year's list of IWLCA All-Region awardees across eight different regions. With inclusion to this list, all 256 players are now eligible to be named to a national IWLCA All-American Team.
Zeitz and Pontious helped guide an impressive Transylvania women's lacrosse team which delivered a record of 15-5, a conference record of 6-0, and completed its season with the program's second straight appearance in an NCAA Tournament game.
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