01/17/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/17/2020 13:43
KENNESAW, Ga. -A surprise to very few, junior topped the ASUN's preseason awards list and led the way for the Kennesaw State women's lacrosse team Friday afternoon as she was named the league's Preseason Player of the Year for the second straight season.
The Owls were also picked to finish the season fourth in the Preseason Coaches' Poll receiving 42 points, five shy of third place Coastal Carolina. Jacksonville was selected to repeat as regular season champions for the third straight season, receiving six first place votes followed by Liberty in second.
The 2019 ASUN Player of the Year, Gore heads into the 2020 campaign after yet another dominant season in which she ran the ASUN and continued to elevate her already record-breaking game. The Alpharetta, Ga., native was the only player in the conference to net over 60 goals last season, one of two to score 50 or more, finishing the year ranked 10th in the NCAA for goals per game (3.78).
Gore broke the single-season record for points she set in 2018 with 78 a year ago, adding 10 assists to go along with her 68 goals. A threat in all aspects of the game, Gore also led the team in draw controls (98) and ground balls (36) while ranked second for caused turnovers (21).
Palandro looks to cap off her career at KSU on a high note after earning second team all-conference accolades last season. One of the Owls' leaders in the backfield, Palandro finished the 2019 season with 29 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. She was one of three players to record over 20 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers last year.
Earning her first all-conference nod last season after taking home second team honors, Squires will attempt to elevate her game to another level after more than doubling her offensive production from 2018 to 2019. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native was second on the team with 41 goals scored, netting three or more in seven games.
Squires finished the year ranked 22nd in the nation with a 55.4 shooting percentage. She also logged 49 draw controls, 11 caused turnovers, seven ground balls and four assists last season.
Catch Gore, Palandro and Squires along with the rest of the Owl lacrosse team in action at Fifth Third Bank Stadium one month from now as KSU opens a seven-game homestand to begin the season against Vanderbilt Wednesday (Feb. 19) at 1 p.m.
Preseason Lacrosse Coaches Poll
|Pl.||Team (1st place votes)||Points|
|3.||Coastal Carolina (1)||47|