E'leyna Garcia Named Guilford's First Women's Lacrosse All-American

E'leyna Garcia (John Bell photo, Touch a Life Photography)
E'leyna Garcia (John Bell photo, Touch a Life Photography)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College's E'leyna Garcia was one of 48 students named to SynapseSports.com's NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse All-America Squad Wednesday. She was a third-team selection and becomes the Quakers' first All-American in women's lacrosse.

Earlier this week, Garcia received the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's (ODAC) Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year Award and was named First Team All-Chesapeake Region by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association, both firsts for Guilford. The 5-10 junior attacker leads NCAA Division III with an ODAC-record 99 goals through games of May 5. She finished the year with 15 assists for 114 points, another Guilford standard and the nation's sixth-highest figure. Garcia ranks second in Division III with 5.82 goals per game and sixth with 6.71 points per outing. Her 4.35 draw controls per contest stand 71st in the country and third in the league.

Garcia won three ODAC Player of the Week Awards, scored at least three goals in every game and totaled a league- and Guilford-best eight game-winning goals. Her school-record 10 tallies in wins over Greensboro College and Catawba College stand eighth in NCAA Division III this season. Garcia added an assist in the Catawba win and tied the Guilford mark with 11 points in the game.

Garcia shattered most of the school's scoring standards this season and enters her final campaign with 201 goals and 258 points, both Guilford records. The 2012 Second Team All-ODAC honoree has netted at least one goal in each of her 52 college games. Garcia also ranks fifth in school history with 137 career draw controls.

Garcia helped first-year head coach Sarah Lamphier's club enjoy the finest season in team history. The Quakers ripped off a school-record 14-game winning streak and compiled a 15-2 overall record, the best at Guilford. Picked fifth in the league's preseason poll, the team posted the ODAC's first 10-0 conference mark. 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, including Garcia.