Area Colleges: Vanderbilt's Downing named lacrosse All-American

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 11:01pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Downing, who set school records for goals (55) and points (81), was named a 2009 first-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association on Thursday.

The junior attack became the third Commodore, and the second in as many years to earn the honor. Sasha Cielak was a first-team All-American in 2008.

Additionally, senior midfielder Cara Giordano and junior defense Alex Mundy were named to the All-America third team.

Downing, Giordano and Mundy all were All-West/Midwest Region first team selections. Freshman midfielder Ally Carey earned All-West/Midwest Region second-team recognition.


Senior Carolyn Latham and junior Ryan Chastain were named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Region IV first teams for women’s and men’s track and cross country, respectively.

The two are no candidates for Academic All-America honors.

Latham has a 3.98 GPA in exercise science and was an all-conference performer in cross country.

Chastain has a 3.68 GPA in mechanical engineering and was among the A-Sun’s top 10 in cross country as well as several track events.

District IV consists of schools in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio and Michigan.


Lipscomb softball’s advanced pitching and advanced skills camps scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, respectively, have been canceled.

For additional information, (615) 966-5850.


• The state House of Representatives will honor the 11 former Tennessee State basketball players who played for the Harlem Globetrotters with the presentation of House Resolution No. 96, 2 p.m. Friday in House Chambers.

• Trevecca Nazarene’s baseball team will hold open tryouts 10 a.m., June 16 at the university’s Jackson Field. For more information, contact assistant coach Phillip Campbell, (615) 248-1289 or

• Breanna Zeis, a two-time all-district player for Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, signed a national letter-of-intent to play softball for Trevecca.

• Tennessee State’s softball team was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Team Sportsmanship Award winner for softball. The award recognizes sportsmanship and ethical behavior by OVC teams in each sport.