Birlson Highlights All-MIAA Selections

Stacey Birlson
Stacey Birlson

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) revealed its 2013 All-Conference teams with the Adrian College squad receiving Most Valuable Offensive Player in senior Stacey Birlson (Centennial, Colo.) as well as four first-team and three more second-team recipients.

Birlson was the career NCAA Division III active leader heading into MIAA Tournament action with 214 assists. She is currently leading the Bulldogs with 111 points and leads the MIAA with 6.22 points per game. Birlson also leads the MIAA with 4.28 assists per game and has a total of 76 assists. She is ranked third this season in NCAA Division III in assists and also ranks 12th in points. Birlson by virtue of being named Most Valuable Offensive Player also made the first team.

Senior Olivia Duncan (Orangeville, Ont.), junior Hannah Early (Shelbourne, Ont.) and senior Heather Newblom (Holland, Ohio) were named First Team All-MIAA. Duncan ranked second in the MIAA in goals per game (4.44) and points per game (5.78). She also ranks 22nd in NCAA Division III in goals and 29th in points this season. Duncan currently has 80 goals which leads the team and ranks third-most in single season school records. She has a .824 shot on goal percentage with six game-winning goals, 31 groundballs, 12 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers.

Early was a midfield selection and ranked second on the team with 55 goals. She currently ranks second in the MIAA in draw controls per game (4.94) and fifth in goals per game (3.44). Early has recorded 39 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers this season. Newblom was one of the top defenders in the MIAA this season and also showed her prowess on offense. She scored 33 goals and added nine assists for a total of 42 points. Newblom ranked second in the conference with four game-winning goals and also was fifth in caused turnovers per game (1.44). She currently has 45 groundballs and 39 draw controls this season.

Senior Kate Ravenhall (Hamilton, Ohio), junior Maddie Dugan (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and freshman TaShina Salas were all named Second Team All-MIAA. Ravenhall played in 17 of the team's 18 games and finished with two goals on defense. She tallied 15 groundballs and caused nine turnovers. Dugan also was a defensive selection and finished the season with 36 goals and 23 assists for a total of 59 points (third on the team). Dugan was fourth in the MIAA in assists per game (1.28) and 10th in points per game (3.28). Salas scored 16 goals and added four assists this season. She tallied 35 groundballs, 24 draw controls and caused 32 turnovers for the Bulldogs.