ARLINGTON, Va. – A great career is capped off for Christopher Newport senior Meaghan Galvin, earning her second-straight VaSID College Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year accolade, as she heads the 2017 All-State College Division team. Joining her as major award winners are Washington and Lee's Brooke O'Brien as the Coach of the Year and Roanoke's Morgan Barlow as the Rookie of the Year.
Galvin, a senior attacker for the Captains, is quite familiar with the VaSID accolades, appearing on First Team through all four years of her career. In her freshman season in 2014, she was named Rookie of the Year, and capped off her final two as the crowned Player of the Year. Her final year donning the blue and white had plenty of highlights including being one of just five players in the past decade of the NCAA to finish a season with 40 goals, 40 assists and 100 draw controls. Through the season, she was a three-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week, leading to her fourth time on First-Team All-Conference, just the sixth player in program history to do so. She went on to be named to the IWLCA First-Team All-Region before notching her second-straight All-American nod. Galvin finishes her career ranked second in program history with 118 assists, fourth with 292 points, and fifth with 174 goals. She also established the CNU record with 326 career draw controls.
O'Brien led the Generals to the most successful season in program history, notching the most wins with a 19-2 overall record, the program's eighth-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and advancing to the program's first NCAA Tournament semifinal. Finishing up her 10th year at the helm of W&L women's lacrosse, she earned her fifth ODAC Coach of the Year honor, while this is her second VaSID Coach of the Year during her tenure (2014). During a 15-game win streak throughout the season, O'Brien guided the Generals to the program's first No. 1 ranking.
Barlow kicked off her collegiate career as the ODAC Rookie of the Year, closing out her first season with 24 goals, ranking her 20th in the league. Additionally, she added two assists for 26 points, while pulling in 23 draw controls for the Maroons. The freshman midfielder made her way onto Second-Team All-ODAC before being named to IWLCA Second-Team All-Region.