GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College’s Liza Mettler (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Beaumont School) is one of 40 seniors selected to play in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA)/DeBeer NCAA Division III North-South All-Star Game in Radnor, Pa., May 26. The Quakers’ Sarah Lamphier has been selected as the head coach of the South team.
The IWLCA will also host senior all-star games for NCAA Division I and Division II May 26. The annual contests coincide this year with the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship semifinal and final games, which take place May 24 and May 26 at nearby Villanova University.
Mettler is Guilford’s sixth senior to play in the game in seven years, joining Katie Oliver ’12, Bree Vohs ’10, Jennifer Abelin ’09, Mary Hutchins ’08 and Caryn Stone ’07. Mettler concluded a stellar career last month and earned Second Team All-Chesapeake Region honors from the IWLCA, the first Quakers’ goalie so honored. She also garnered First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) recognition for the second straight season, another first for a Guilford goalie.
Mettler ranked 27th in NCAA Division III this season with a .500 saves percentage and 28th with 158 saves. Her 9.29 goals against average placed 45th in the land, second in the ODAC and second in school history. She also collected 46 ground balls and caused seven turnovers. Mettler made at least 10 saves in nine different games, including a season-high 16 stops in a comeback win over Lynchburg College. The Quakers’ lone four-year letter winner, Mettler set the school standards for career goals against average (11.68) and wins by a goalie (31). She ranks second with 524 saves and 18th with 122 ground balls over her 58-game tenure.
A 2006 Skidmore College graduate, Lamphier took over as Guilford’s 10th head women’s lacrosse coach in September 2012 and guided the Quakers to a 15-2 overall record, tops in school history. Picked fifth in the league’s preseason poll, her team posted the first 10-0 ODAC record in league history and enjoyed a 14-game winning streak. Guilford set or tied 15 school standards and earned the program’s first NCAA Division III South Region ranking. Lamphier could return as many as 13 letter winners in 2014.