NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt lacrosse student-athletes Bri Gross and Gabby Fornia earned IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region second team accolades following their record-setting 2021 seasons.
It marks the first time Vanderbilt has had multiple all-region honorees since Brandi Byner and Courtney Kirk secured second team accolades in 2011. Including the Gross and Fornia selections, the IWLCA has awarded Vandy with 40 all-region selections – most recently in 2015.
Gross put together a dominating junior season from the midfield position, tying for the team lead with 31 goals and setting a new Vanderbilt record with 84 draw controls. An All-American Athletic Conference first team selection, Gross stepped up in the Commodores’ biggest games this season. The El Dorado Hills, California, native posted seven goals in the two games versus No. 9 Florida, two goals in the AAC Tournament versus Temple and two goals and an assist in the NCAA Tournament against Jacksonville. For her career, Gross has accumulated 166 draw controls – good for third in school history.
Fornia, a senior from Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, broke her own program single-season assists record with 55 – currently the second most in NCAA Division I this season. Her 76 points, including 21 goals, were tied for the fourth-most in Vandy history. This season, Fornia also broke the school records for single-game assists (9) and career assists (125). The senior had at least one assist in every game this season and had 12 games with multiple assists. She was a 2021 All-AAC first team unanimous selection and Inside Lacrosse Midseason All-America honorable mention.
|IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Second Team|
|Bri Gross – Midfield – Junior|
|Gabby Fornia – Attack – Senior|