Transylvania attacker Aubrey Bausum was named this week the NCAA Division III statistical champion for goals per game, marking the first time in Division III history a first-year women's lacrosse program has produced a leader in that category.
"It means a great deal for me to be recognized at a national level on a first-year team ... and a lot to be awarded this as a freshman," Bausum said. "This will make me work harder every year now that I know what I am capable of achieving."
The Georgia native is only the sixth freshman to receive the goals-per-game statistical award in any of the three NCAA divisions. Bausum scored 61 goals over 10 games last spring — 6.1 per game. Bausum also finished 10th nationally in points per game, with 6.4.
Bausum was a 2012 high school All-American and academic All-American at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta, Ga.
The Pioneers got an early look at Bausum because her high school coach, Ed Marvine, is the father of Transy Coach Haley Marvine.
"We were very excited when (Aubrey) chose Transylvania," Haley Marvine said. "I knew at the time that she would most likely be our leading scorer and I knew that she had the potential to perform at a national level."
Bausum helped lead the Pioneers to a 5-6 inaugural season.
Two Transy teammates posted top-50 performances in statistical categories. Freshman Rachel Harrison finished 14th nationally in ground balls, and sophomore midfielder Victoria Keise was 37th in caused turnovers.
The second season of Transylvania lacrosse begins in February.