Sarah Mannelly has been named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (ICWLA) All-American Second Team, her second straight year as an All-American. Mannelly has earned IWLCA All-Northeast Region honors three years in a row and was been named a first team All-American her junior year.
In addition to her All-American honors, the two-time captain was also named a top 25 finalist for the Tewaaraton Award for the second time; her 2015 nomination was the first time an Eagle was named as a finalist for the award. The Tewaaraton Award is recognized in both men’s and women’s college lacrosse as the preeminent award award to honor the most exceptional male and female collegiate level players and to recognize the Native American heritage of the sport.
Mannelly's leadership, athleticism, and passion for the game are all evident. She has been a key factor in the Eagles' success over the years. After going 10-9, spending most of the 2016 season in the top-20, and giving top tier programs such as Louisville, Notre Dame, and UNC a run for their money, it is clear that Mannelly has contributed a great deal to the Eagles' offensive production.
She had 74 points in her senior season (38 goals and 36 assists) and recorded a point in 18 of BC's 19 games; she led the team in points and assists and was only second on goals behind Kate Weeks. In her four years at BC, Mannelly is third in program history with 255 career points and 173 career goals.
In sitting down with Mannelly, perhaps the most striking feautre about her excellent play is her reference to a collective team effort. She attributes her on-field success and accolades to her coaches and teammates. She notes of her Tewaarton nomination, “It was definitely as exciting the second time. It's undoubtedly a tribute to the strength and caliber of the team and how we have grown under Coach Acacia Walker’s leadership. It is a team nomination, and is just a reflection of the great past two seasons and the successes we have enjoyed.”
“It is really just a humbling and cool experience to be considered next to some of the best players in the country. It’s really amazing to be a part of that,” Mannelly said.
Picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time ever as a freshman in high school, and having borrowed a teammate’s backup stick for the entire first season, her growth as a player over the past seven years has been nothing short of extraordinary. At the suggestion of her soccer and basketball teammates in high school, she took the plunge into lacrosse and found something that just clicked.
After building on momentum from her first-ever season playing lacrosse, Mannelly realized that she really had something with the sport and was starting to get looks from schools, including the Boston College program. Both Mannelly’s parents and her two older siblings went to Boston College, so in her mind, getting recruited to play D1 lacrosse at her family’s school was “the best possible outcome.”
Needless to say, picking up a stick her freshman year was the beginning of a rewarding road for Mannelly who has made a difference in her four years on the Heights and etched her name in the history books. When she graduates on Monday, her name will be remembered as one of the best to ever grace the field in the maroon and gold.
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