Seven members of the Loras College women’s lacrosse team were honored for the academic achievements as All-Academic selections by the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MWLC). Seniors Kayla Tilkes (’21) and Katlynne Wolf (’21) became four-time honorees while junior Clare Brunn (’22) earned her third career award, sophomores Marianne Gleason (’23), Erin Conley (’23), and Jenna Jager (’23) all earned their second and Tanner Carter (’24) capped off her first season with the academic nod.
Tilkes an Evergreen Park, Ill. native, led the league with 42 caused turnovers and finished second in the conference in ground balls (62). She set the single-game record for caused turnovers (11) and ranks third in single-game ground balls (12) and sits third in career ground balls (158) and second in caused turnovers (118). A psychology and neuroscience major, she was a First Team All-Conference award winner and named the MWLC Defensive Player of the Year. Wolf, an international studies and history double major from Park Ridge, Ill., set the single-game, season and career record for assists in 2021, leading the conference in assists. She had 43 on the season and 75 during her career, including ten in Loras’ win against Cornell College. She also ranks fourth-all time in points and eighth in goals.
Brunn, a native of Rochester, Minn., had a dominant 2021 campaign as a three-time Player of the Week and led the conference with 49 goals and a 54 percent shooting percentage. A psychology and Spanish double major, she ranks top-five in single game goals and points as well as top-five in single season goals and points. During her career, she is third all-time for points, goals and free position goals and eight in assists and draw controls.
Gleason, a politics, literature and creative writing major from Clovis, Calif. was an All-Conference performer in 2021 and currently ranks fifth all-time in draw controls with 73, 71 of which she grabbed this season. Conley, a biochemistry and Spanish major from Kenosha, Wis. started all 11 games for the Duhawks this season and scored 16 goals with three assists. Madison, Wis. native and athletic training major Jager came back from injury this season to start nine games, scooping up 13 ground balls and coming away with seven caused turnovers while Carter, a psychology major from Hinsdale, Ill., started all 11 games for the Duhawks in her first season and posted one assist and eight ground balls.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher during the 2020-21 academic year.
The Duhawks celebrated a monumental season in 2021, finishing the season with a record of 6-3 and 3-4 in MWLC play and collected seven Player of the Week honors, including three award sweeps, in addition to five All-Conference honorees and the program’s first Player of the Year. The Duhawks also qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in program history as the No. 4 seed.