Junior Sarah Allen Sets All-Time NCAA Division I Assists Per Game Record
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) completed one of the most impressive campaigns in Bobcats history this past year, yet remains composed and humble about her tremendous accomplishments throughout the season. Allen was recognized as the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Statistical Champion in two categories; assists and assists per game. In the coming months, Allen and the Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation will receive a plaque and a trophy for her remarkable achievements.
Allen posted 64 assists this past season, improving her career total to 110 and just one shy of QU's All-Time Leader Katie Latonick (2010). However, Allen's accomplishments go one step further on the national stage, as the attacker broke the previous NCAA Division I single-season assist per game record of 4.17, finishing the year with 4.27 assists per game. Brown University's Lauren Becker held the previous record for 16 years, dating back to 1986 when she registered 50 assists in 12 games. Allen's 64 assists on the season was also the best in NCAA Division I. Furthermore, she was the only player in the top 25 to play in 15 games or fewer over the course of the campaign.
"I was constantly amazed by what Sarah achieved last year, and I find a way to work her accomplishments into most of my recruiting conversations," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "We didn't have the best season as a team last year, so when you consider that, what Sarah did was actually pretty incredible."
Along with her assists record, the nationally ranked player was named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team. She led the NEC with 4.53 points per game, totaled 13 multi-point games, and had nine games with five or more points. With all of the distinction and praise, Allen attributes a lot of her success to her teammates. "It's nice, but I couldn't have done it without my teammates. Without them I wouldn't have anything," Allen said with the utmost humility.
"Sarah is a really modest person, on and off the field," said Coach Caro. "In fact, I think she is a little embarrassed by all the attention she received this season. But she is completely dedicated to her teammates and the program, and she knows that her achievements reflect positively on the program and will help with recruiting and continuing to improve the level of the program. What she really wants is to win another NEC Championship, and I know that she will do whatever she can to make that happen next year."
Over the course of Allen's career, she has developed into a role model for fellow teammates to aspire to; one being sophomore attacker Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.). Ochwat finished second on the team with 32 goals last season, and attributes much of her success to Allen's leadership. "She's a great mentor, I've learned how to work hard and how to get open off of her because I know what she looks for in game situations," said Ochwat. "She's a hard worker, a great leader, and a great friend. I know I can go to her for anything, any problems I have, but also on the field, she's just great to play with. She would have the ball in her stick and you would just want to get open for her and you want to make that effort to be there for her. She makes everyone else play better."
As Allen enters her final year in a Bobcats' uniform, individual accolades are well down the list of goals for next season. "I don't necessarily think about statistics," said Allen. "I just want to relax and focus on what I need to do to make our team better in order to make a run at the NEC title."
Tony Distasio; email@example.com