KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy and junior assistant captain Allegra Gray of the University of Delaware women’s soccer team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire All-Mid-Atlantic Region team.

Both Duffy and Gray were named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region third team. The NSCAA honor marks the first time each student-athlete has earned an All-Region postseason honor in their career.

The NSCAA, which is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization, is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community. It is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.

“It’s quite and honor to have two of our University of Delaware players chosen in such an elite group,” said Blue Hen head coach Scott Grzenda.

Duffy (at right), who also earned the first All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) first team honor of her career in 2013, played her last season as a Blue Hen this fall.  The very quick and agile midfielder finished her senior season ranked second on the team in points (10), scoring three goals and passing out four assists.

Gray (below), who earned her second-straight All-CAA first team honor this season, was also named to the 2013 All-CAA Academic team as an honor student majoring in statistics with a minor in economics. The junior passed out only one assist this season, but served as the heart and soul of the Delaware defensive unit. Gray aided the Blue Hens defense that only allowed 19 goals this season.

“Chelsea and Allegra are very dynamic and exciting players to watch,” said Grzenda. “It once again demonstrates that the University of Delaware has the academic and athletic reputation to attract such talented players.  Losing Chelsea will be difficult as she has been the heart and soul of our midfield for the past 4 years, but we’re extremely happy to have Allegra back for her senior year.”

Duffy and Gray were two of nine student-athletes who represented the CAA on the All-Region team. Rebecca Sparks of James Madison and Leah Galton of Hofstra were named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team while Caroline Casey of William & Mary and Emily Banes of Towson earned second team honors. Melissa Chapman of Drexel and Ashley Herdon of JMU were also named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region third team.


NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team:

First Team
GK - Elizabeth Hoerner, Sr. (Navy); D - Jade Seabrook, Jr. (Navy); D - Caroline Dwyer, So. (Penn); D – Rebecca Sparks, Sr. (James Madison); M – Emma Clark, Sr. (Boston University); M – Caroline Brawner, Jr. (Colgate); M – Julianna Libertin, Sr. (Dayton); F – Margaret Purce, Fr. (Harvard); F – Leah Galton, So. (Hofstra); F – Morgan Dankanich, Jr. (Navy).

Second Team
GK – Caroline Casey, So. (William & Mary); D – Courtney Niemiec, Sr. (La Salle); D – Peyton Johnson, Sr. (Harvard); D – McKenzie Hollenbaugh, So. (Boston University); M – Haley Washburn, So. (Harvard); M – Renee Washington, Sr. (La Salle); M – Gabriella Guzman, Sr. (Princeton); M – Kelsey Haycock, Jr. (La Salle); F – Ashley Campbell, So. (Dayton); F – Emily Barnes, Sr. (Towson).

Third Team
GK – Kalijah Terilli, So. (Penn); D – Meredith Speck, Jr. (Yale); D – Melissa Chapman, Jr. (Drexel); D – Allegra Gray, Jr. (Delaware); M – Kaylie Davidson, So. (Navy); M – Chelsea Duffy, Sr. (Delaware); M – Meg Casscells-Hamby, Jr. (Harvard); M – Evelyn Nicinski, Jr. (Bucknell); F – Katrina Guillou, So. (UNCW); F – Beverly Leon, Sr. (Columbia); F – Erica Kosienski, Fr. (Boston University); F – Ashley Herdon, Fr. (James Madison).