Preseason AAC Accolades

Four Commodores tabbed All-AAC, Vanderbilt picked to finish second in preseason poll

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt women’s lacrosse was picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference while Gabby Fornia, Bri Gross, Melissa Hawkins and Halle Regan were named to the Preseason All-AAC team, the league announced Tuesday.

Florida was picked as the preseason favorite in a vote of the head coaches. The Gators finished with 26 points and five first-place votes while the Commodores finished with 19 points.

Temple received a first-place vote and 17 points followed by Cincinnati (14), East Carolina (10) and Old Dominion (5).

Fornia was a unanimous preseason selection for the second consecutive year. The honors for her from the AAC are nothing new, as she was part of the conference’s first team in 2019. A season ago, the attacker led the Dores with 17 assists and her 29 points was second-most on the squad. With 19 more assists, the senior can become Vanderbilt’s all-time record holder.

Gross, the anchor of the Commodore midfield, led Vanderbilt with 25 goals and 38 draw controls in 2020. The junior from California sits at 82 draw controls and can move into the top 10 in program history with just 18 more. She was twice named Freshman of the Week by the league in 2019.

Hawkins, a stalwart on the backline, caused 14 turnovers and claimed 14 ground balls a season ago. In 2019, she was named to the conference’s second team for her contributions to the team’s appearance in the inaugural AAC tournament.

Regan, the AAC’s leader in ground balls (25) and caused turnovers (15) last season, is another key cog for the Vanderbilt defense. In the win over No. 10 Denver, her three turnovers caused proved to help guide the Dores too their first top-10 win in six years.

The Commodores open the season at 11 a.m. CT Saturday at No. 2 Notre Dame.


2021 American Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Florida (5) * 25
2. Vanderbilt 19
3. Temple (1) 17
4. Cincinnati 14
5. East Carolina 10
6. Old Dominion 5
first-place votes in parentheses


2021 American Athletic Conference Preseason Attack Player of the Year
Brianna Harris, Florida, *


2021 American Athletic Conference Preseason Midfielder of the Year
Shannon Kavanagh, Florida *


2021 American Athletic Conference Preseason Defensive Players of the Year
Morgan Dukes, Cincinnati
Cara Trombetta, Florida


2021 American Athletic Conference Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Sarah Reznick, Florida *


2021 American Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference Team

Alyssa Adams, M, Cincinnati

Monica Borzillo, A, Cincinnati *

Morgan Dukes, D, Cincinnati

Peyton Mottice, M, Cincinnati

Liz Blumthal, D, East Carolina

Nicole LeGar, M, East Carolina

Kaitlyn Dabkowski, D, Florida

Brianna Harris, A, Florida, *

Grace Haus, A, Florida

Shannon Kavanagh, M, Florida *

Sarah Reznick, G, Florida

Cara Trombetta, D, Florida *

Madison Corcoran, D, Old Dominion

Lilly Siskind, A, Old Dominion

Meghan Hoffman, A, Temple

Belle Mastropietro, M, Temple

Courtney Taylor, D, Temple

Bridget Whitaker, M, Temple

Gabby Fornia, A, Vanderbilt *

Brianne Gross, M, Vanderbilt

Melissa Hawkins, D, Vanderbilt

Halle Regan, D, Vanderbilt


* unanimous selection