Smith, Jaeger Earn All-America Status

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Junior Cassie Smith (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) and senior Caroline Jaeger (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) were each selected to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) NCAA Division III All-America Team it was announced on Friday, May 19.
Smith earned a spot on the second team as a defender, while Jaeger landed on the third team as an attacker. Both players earned their first national accolades.
Smith turned in a breakout season in her second year as a starter. She heads into this weekend's NCAA Division III regional as the team leader in ground balls (28) and caused turnovers (20). The junior also ranks second on the team with 38 draw controls. Smith has been a leader on a defensive unit that ranks fourth in the country in scoring defense (5.20 goals allowed per game) and is on pace to break the program's season goals against average. She posted a season-high four ground balls and grabbed two draw controls in a victory over then-No. 1 Franklin & Marshall College during the regular season.
Also a first-team selection on the all-conference and all-region squads this season, Smith has racked up 52 ground balls, 32 caused turnovers, and 52 draw controls in 48 career games.
Jaeger, who was named All-Centennial Conference First Team and All-Metro Region First Team, landed her first national award as one of the primary weapons in Gettysburg's attack. The senior has tallied a career-high and team-leading 39 goals while connecting on 58.2 percent of her shots. She has scored a career-high 47 points and is tied for the team lead with 11 free-position goals. Jaeger serves a key role inside the draw circle for the Bullets as well and sits third on the team with 36 draw controls. She has scored a goal in 11 consecutive games entering the weekend, including a career-high tying four in two meetings with Franklin & Marshall.
Jaeger, who played primarily on the defensive side of the field in her first two seasons, has totaled 54 goals and 13 assists over the last two seasons. For her career, she has appeared in 79 games and accumulated 63 ground balls, 27 caused turnovers, and 101 draw controls.
Smith and Jaeger join a long list of Gettysburg players to receive national recognition from the IWLCA. Since 1985, the Bullets have received 54 All-America citations. Gettysburg has featured at least one player on the IWLCA All-America team each year since 1994.
The pair will be honored at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on Saturday, June 3, at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Md.
Gettysburg (17-3) hosts the next two rounds of the NCAA Championship at Clark Field. The Bullets face unbeaten Rhodes College (19-0) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Salisbury University (15-5) and Ithaca College (14-4) play in Saturday's second game at 2:30 p.m. The two winners will square off Sunday at 2:30.