DENVER – Defender Trinity McPherson of the University of Denver women’s lacrosse team will return for another season of eligibility with the Pioneers in 2024.
McPherson led DU last season with 61 ground balls, tied for the third-most in a campaign in school history and ranking third overall in the NCAA in 2023. She was second on the team with 62 draw controls—tied for ninth-most in a season in program history—and was third on the squad with 39 caused turnovers.
The graduate student was one of four players in the nation with at least 50 ground balls and 50 draw controls in 2023 and also recorded her first career points during the year with five goals and six assists. McPherson caused a turnover in 21 of the 23 games she played and forced at least three turnovers on five occasions. She had a season-high five ground balls three times during the year and recorded five or more draw controls in five outings, including posting a career-best six draws on March 9 vs. Niagara.
A Tewaaraton Award nominee, McPherson earned her first career All-American award in 2023 as a member of the IWLCA Second Team and was also selected to the IWLCA West/Midwest Region First Team and All-Big East First Team.
McPherson gained an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA through a medical redshirt in addition to the year all college athletes earned from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Baltimore, Maryland, native joined the Pioneers in 2022-23 after taking a gap year following four seasons at Johns Hopkins University. McPherson was a member of the Blue Jays from 2018-2021, helping the team reach the NCAA Tournament in three campaigns and leading the squad with 29 caused turnovers as a senior. She graduated from JHU in 2021 with her bachelor’s degree in psychology.
McPherson helped lead Denver’s top-ranked defense during the 2023 season, as the Pioneers led the nation by allowing just 6.22 goals per game—the fewest by any program since Southern California in 2016 (5.81). McPherson, senior Sam Thacker and junior Bryn McCaughey all recorded at least 30 caused turnovers during the year, making Denver the only program in the country with three players to reach that threshold this past spring.
DU finished No. 4 in the national rankings following its first appearance in NCAA Championship Weekend with a 22-1 record, leading the country in wins and tying for the fewest losses. The Pioneers also won their fourth straight Big East regular season title and third consecutive conference tournament championship in 2023.
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