GRAND LAKE, Colo. - Sam Keesey added another award to her long list of accolades as a member of the Florida Southern College women's lacrosse student-athlete. Keesey was named the 2019 IWLCA Defender of the Year as announced by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association on Thursday evening. The announcement was made live via the LaxSportsNetwork.
Keesey earns her first career IWLCA Defender of the Year honors after leading a Moccasin defense that held opponents to a stunning 8.25 goals per game and an 8.17 mark in SSC games. The senior defender has totaled 110 draw controls, caused 48 turnovers, picked up 39 ground balls, and recorded six points (1g, 5a) to round out her collegiate career.
During her senior season, Keesey set career highs in draw controls (110), caused turnovers (48), and assists (5). In her career, she has totaled triple digits in draw controls (233), caused turnovers (107), and ground balls (101). She is third all-time in individual single-season draw controls after totaling 110 this year. Keesey is third and fourth all-time in FSC single-season history as she totaled 48 caused turnovers in 2019 and 39 caused turnovers in 2018. Keesey's collegiate playing career ended in the Division II IWLCA Senior all-Star game as a member of the South team. On the day, she picked up a ground ball and caused a turnover as the South rallied off four unanswered goals for a 14-13 win.
Keesey's award marks the fourth consecutive year the Mocs have had a player earn national of the year honors from the IWLCA. She is the first Moccasin to earn Defender of the Year honors.