Army sophomore Molly McGuigan was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season Tuesday.
Nov. 1, 2011
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament host Colgate collected a pair of trophies when the All-League Team and major awards were announced Tuesday by the League office, with junior Jillian Kinter being named Offensive Player of the Year and freshman teammate Jenna Raepple garnering the Rookie of the Year nod.
Voting was conducted by the League’s eight head coaches who could not vote for student-athletes from their own teams.
Lafayette also picked up two individual honors Tuesday, with junior Lauren Smedley named Goalkeeper of the Year. Mick Statham, who guided the Leopards to their first League Tournament since 2001, was the unanimous choice for Coach of the Year.
Army sophomore Molly McGuigan was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, becoming the first back-to-back winner since Navy’s Nicole Aunapu in 1997-98 and third for overall.
It was a big haul for the four tournament-bound teams, as 17 of the 24 student-athletes named to the All-League team are from Army, Colgate, Lafayette and Navy. The First Team consists of 11 players, while the Second has 13 because of ties in the voting.
Kinter, the League leader in points with 23, garners the first major award of her career and All-League honors for the third year in a row, including her second straight on the First Team. She owns the League’s top spot with seven assists and is second with eight markers. She breaks a streak of four straight years in which a Bucknell student-athlete was named Offensive Player of the Year, and is the first from Colgate since Kate Barrett in 2003. Kinter is tied for second in the League with three game-winning goals in 2011.
Raepple, on the other hand, is Colgate’s second Rookie of the Year in the last three years and seventh overall. She is third in the League with 17 points and third with seven goals, and is the Raiders’ second-highest in each statistic, trailing Kinter. She is one of four from Colgate to earn All-League honors, joining Kinter on the first team.
Smedley becomes the first back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year since the award was introduced in 2004. She is the second two-time winner, joining Lizzie Barnes, who was named to the honor in 2006 and ’08. Smedley has played every minute this season in goal for the Leopards, posting a 0.66 goals-against average with a .887 save percentage, both of which are second in the League. She has eight clean sheets on the season, tying her own program record she originally set a year ago, and is tied for the League lead with 86 saves.
McGuigan, a sophomore defender who was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List before the season, was one of a League-high six student-athletes from Army to earn All-League honors and one of a pair on the First Team. She’s the fourth repeat winner of the award in League history, joining Aunapu, Colgate’s Jessica Tuthill and Navy’s Shelly Moeller. One of the leaders of the Black Knights’ exceptionally stingy defense, McGuigan played in all 18 of her team’s matches this season and enters the League Tournament with one assist and 15 shots. She was a First-Team All-League honoree last season.
Statham, in his sixth year as the leading voice on the Lafayette sidelines, is enjoying his most successful season in Easton. The Leopards are in the League Tournament for the first time since 2001 and just the fourth instance overall. They enter the four-team playoff as the No. 2 seed this weekend, their highest position ever. Lafayette’s 4-2-1 mark against League teams is their best ever, eclipsing the 4-3-0 record of 2001. The team’s nine wins are also the most since 2001, and the club posted its best home record ever at 6-0-0.
Army boasts six All-League selections in 2011, the most of any team. Joining McGuigan on the first team is sophomore forward Kim An, last year’s Rookie of the Year. She followed up her stellar freshman season with a strong second-year campaign, posting a League-best nine goals entering the League Tournament. She sits second in the League with 19 points. Four Black Knights were named to the Second Team, including senior attack Errin Helbling, senior midfielder Julia Stallard, senior goalkeeper Monica Lee and sophomore midfielder Joey Molacek. Stallard was a First Teamer last season. Lee leads the League in goals-against average (0.47) and save percentage (.899) and has tied the League’s single-season record of 13 shutouts.
Tournament host Colgate placed two on the Second Team, including freshman midfielder Caroline Brawner and senior defender Maddie Malone. Both have posted big offensive numbers for the Raiders, contributing to the team’s League-leading 1.89 goals per game. Brawner sits tied for fifth in the League with 11 points (4g, 3a), while Malone is tied for second with six assists and is all alone in fourth with 12 points.
Lafayette tied Colgate with four All-League honorees. Smedley was the only representative on the First Team, but she had three teammates garner Second-Team accolades. Senior midfielder Janelle Pierson (4g, 1a) ranks in the League’s top 10 in both goals and points, while sophomore Catherine Galgano and freshman Alex Reisinger were named to the Second Team at defense. Reisinger contributed to the team’s offense with three assists and is second on the club with five points.
Navy, which was the last team to clinch a bid to the League Tournament, placed three on the All-League Team. Sophomore Ashlynn Soellner, who notched the game-winning goal Sunday in the match that punched the Mids’ postseason ticket, was named to the First Team along with senior defender Kate Herren. Herren, recognized multiple times this season as BRINE Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, is tied for second in the League with six assists and has been a stalwart on defense for Navy. Soellner’s five goals and 10 points ranks her in the top 10 in the League in both categories. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexes Lopez-Shaw won a League-high 12 matches and posted a 0.82 GAA with 62 saves was named to the Second Team.
American, Bucknell and Lehigh tied with two All-Leaguers apiece. Junior midfielder Michelle Montilio garnered a place on the First Team, while junior forward Jasmine Mohandesi was named to the Second Team. Mohandesi (3g, 4a) was the team’s top offensive producer and played all 19 matches, while Montilio posted three assists in 16 appearances and was strong in the middle of the field.
Bucknell was represented on the All-League list by senior midfielder Tara Cort on the First Team and junior keeper Sandita McDermott on the Second Team. Cort was one of the most reliable players in the midfield for head coach Ben Landis. She was one of just five Bison to appear in all 16 matches, contributing a pair of assists and getting off 14 shots. McDermott’s play became stronger as the season went on, as three of her four wins on the season were in League play with a pair of shutouts. She logged a 1.14 GAA overall, lowering it to 0.99 during League play.
Two from Lehigh were named to the First Team in senior defender Genna Pepe and sophomore forward Murphee Greeley. Greeley was the team’s top offensive threat, scoring five goals and adding one assist for 11 points in 17 matches. She tallied a pair of markers in League matches, including one game-winner. Pepe garnered All-League recognition for the second year in a row, as she was a Second-Team honoree in 2010.
Holy Cross placed one on the All-League Team. Freshman Gina Righini collected Second-Team recognition after leading the Crusaders in goals (four) and points (eight) with a team-high 29 shots this season. Two of her goals were game-winners.
The Patriot League Women’s Soccer Tournament starts Friday with both semifinal contests. No. 1 seed Colgate will host fourth-seeded Army at 5 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s semifinal. In the 2010 edition of the matchup, the Black Knights were the top seed and host and defeated the fourth-seeded Raiders 1-0 in overtime. The second semifinal will pit No. 2 Lafayette against third-seeded Navy at 8 p.m.
Sunday’s championship match will take place at 1 p.m. All three matches are slated for Van Doren Field on Colgate’s campus in Hamilton, N.Y.
2011 All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards
Jillian Kinter, Colgate, Jr., F
Kim An, Army, So., F
Jenna Raepple, Colgate, Fr., F
Murphee Greeley, Lehigh, So., F
Tara Cort, Bucknell, Sr., M
Ashlynn Soellner, Navy, So., M
Michelle Montilio, American, Jr., M
Molly McGuigan, Army, So., D
Kate Herren, Navy, Sr., D
Genna Pepe, Lehigh, Sr., D
Lauren Smedley, Lafayette, Jr., GK
Gina Righini, Holy Cross, Fr., F
Jasmine Mohandesi, American, Jr., F
Errin Helbling, Army, Sr., F
Joey Molacek, Army, So., M
Caroline Brawner, Colgate, Fr., M
Janelle Pierson, Lafayette, Sr., M
Julia Stallard, Army, Sr., M
Maddie Malone, Colgate, Sr., D
Alex Reisinger, Lafayette, Fr., D
Catherine Galgano, Lafayette, So., D
Monica Lee, Army, Sr., GK
Alexes Lopez-Shaw, Navy, So., GK
Sandita McDermott, Bucknell, Jr., GK
Offensive Player of the Year Jillian Kinter, Colgate, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Year Molly McGuigan, Army, So.
Goalkeeper of the Year Lauren Smedley, Lafayette, Jr.
Rookie of the Year Jenna Raepple, Colgate, Fr.
Coach of the Year Mick Statham, Lafayette