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Amanda Cross earned All-MPSF First-Team honors.  Also, Holly Hayes and Rachel Minarovich were selected to the MPSF Second Team.
Amanda Cross earned All-MPSF First-Team honors. Also, Holly Hayes and Rachel Minarovich were...
LAX | Saint Mary's Trio Earns All-MPSF Honors
Release: Friday 04/27/2012 
by SMC Athletics
WOODLAND, Calif. - The Saint Mary's lacrosse team placed three student-athletes on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Conference Team, it was announced by the conference office. Amanda Cross was named All-MPSF First-Team after scoring 43 goals which is the seventh best mark in school history. Earning spots on the Second-Team was Rachel Minarovich and Holly Hayes.

All three honorees for the Gaels return next year, and will join 2011 All-Conference selections Jillian Chong and Mariah Walk. The improving Gaels would then have five student-athletes with All-MPSF honors on their 2013 roster.

Cross led the Gaels in both goals and assists, ending the year with 57 points. That total is the fifth highest mark in SMC history. She scored multiple goals in 13 of SMC's 15 games, including a season-high six goals against Quinnipiac. Cross also had a streak of three consecutive MPSF games with four goals each against San Diego State, Oregon and Fresno State.

Minarovich started all 15 games for the Gaels and shattered the school record for single-season draw controls with 75. The previous SMC record was 55, set by Colette Spencer during the 2004 campaign. She finished the year with 14 goals, nine assists, 39 shots, 22 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Minarovich scored multiple goals in four games, including two, three goal games coming against Fresno State and Marist. She had a season-high 11 draw controls against Fresno State.

Hayes was one of SMC's top defenders on the field, starting all 15 games. She led the Gaels with 30 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. Hayes also scored a goal against San Diego State. Hayes had at least four ground balls in four different games. She had a season high five ground balls and five caused turnovers against Denver.