HARRISONBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware women’s soccer team placed six student-athletes on the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Conference team, as announced tonight at the CAA Tournament banquet at James Madison University.

The six student-athletes receiving league post-season honors marks a Delaware program best. The last time more than two Blue Hen athletes accepted post-season CAA accolades, was in 2007.

Regular season champion James Madison took home three of the four major conference awards this season. Becky Sparks was named CAA Defender of the Year, Ashley Herndon was name CAA Rookie of the Year and Dukes head coach, Dave Lombardo, earned CAA Coach of the Year. Leah Galton of Hofstra was name the 2013 CAA Player of the Year.

Senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy and junior tri-captain Allegra Gray each earned All-CAA First Team honors while fellow tri-captains Shannon Kearney and Dianna Marinaro received All-CAA Third Team accolades. Sophomore Emily Market was also named to the All-CAA Third Team. Freshman forward Natalie Zelenky was the only Delaware rookie represented on the CAA All-Rookie Team. Gray was also named to the CAA All-Academic team.

The two first team honors received by Duffy and Gray mark the second consecutive year Delaware has placed two athletes on the All-CAA First Team. In 2012, Gray and then senior Ali Miller, were both first team selections.

Duffy earns first team honors for the first time in her career, but was a 2012 All-CAA Second Team member. The senior, a very quick and agile midfielder, finished the season ranked second on the team in points (10), scoring three goals and passing out four assists.

Gray earns her second straight All-CAA First Team honor this post-season. Gray passed out one assist this season but was the heart and sole of the Delaware defensive unit. Gray aided the Blue Hens defense that only allowed 19 goals this season. The junior earns CAA All-Academic team honors as a honor student majoring in statistics with a minor in economics.

“Allegra is a special player who not only excels athletically, but is also a star in the classroom,” said Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda.

Kearney, who registered her most impressive offensive season during her senior campaign, led the Blue Hens in points (13) and goals. The senior scored five goals, two game-winning goals, and registered three assists.

Midfielder and tri-captain Dianna Marinaro earned her first post-season honor as she was named to the All-CAA Second Team. The senior saw action in 16 games for Delaware this season. Marinaro scored two goals to go along with three assists to finish her senior season at Delaware.

Market, who was an All-Rookie Team selection in 2012, earns her second CAA post-season award. The native of Holland, Pa. started in 16 games for the Blue Hens this season. The sophomore scored three goals in three consecutive games in 2013, two of which were game-winners. Market also passed out one assist to register seven points for Delaware.

Zelenky, who played in all 18 games this season, ranked third on the team in points and led all freshmen in scoring to earn a stop on the CAA All-Rookie team. The Rookie scored three goals while passing out two assists in her first year at Delaware.

“What an honor it is to have six Delaware players recognized to the All CAA conference teams,” said Grzenda.  “To have these individuals recognized by the opposing coaches is a testament to their hard work throughout the year and to our team as a whole.  There’s no one happier for those honored then the rest of the team and the coaching staff.  Congrats to everyone who made all conference, especially our 6 Blue Hens.”

Delaware finished the 2013 season with a 9-7-3 overall record (3-3-2 CAA) scoring 23 goals off of 19 assists. The Blue Hens’ nine wins ranks fifth all-time in the Delaware record books for most wins in a single-season.


All-CAA First Team:

Emory Camper (William & Mary) – Jr. – F
Leah Galton (Hofstra) - So. – F
Katrina Guillou (UNCW) – So. – F
Sam Scolarici (Hofstra) – Jr. – F
Stephanie Bronson (UNCW) – Jr. – MF
Chelsea Duffy (Delaware) – Sr. – MF
Hanna Terry (Northeatern) – Sr. – MF
Melissa Chapman (Drexel) – Jr. – D
Allegra Gray (Delaware) – Jr. – D
Becky Sparks (James Madison) – Sr. – D
Caroline Casey (William & Mary) – So. – GK

All-CAA Second Team:

Emily Barnes (Towson) - Sr. – F
Ashley Herndon (James Madison) – Jr. – F
Lauren Wilson (James Madison) – Sr. – F
Tara Kerns (Hofstra) – Sr. – MF
Hannah O’Donnell (Northeastern) – Jr. – MF
Katie Ponce (Towson) – Jr. – MF
Bianca Calderone (Northeastern) – Jr. – MF
Emily Fredrikson (William & Mary) – Jr. – D
Morgan Leyble (UNCW) – So. – D
Shannon Rano (Drexel) – Jr. – GK

All-CAA Third Team:

Shannon Kearney (Delaware) – Sr. – F
Maddie McCormick (UNCW) – So. – F
Dani Rutter (William & Mary) – Sr. – F
Taylor Dyson (William & Mary) – Jr. – MF
Dianna Marinaro (Delaware) – Sr. – MF
Emily Market (Delaware) – So. – MF
Jeannine Molleda (Hofstra) – So. – MF
Alyssa Findlay (Drexel) – Jr. – D
Brittany Farriella (Hofstra) – Sr. – D
Ruby Staplehurst (Hofstra) – Sr. – D
Erin Quinn (Towson) – Jr. – GK

All-CAA Rookie Team:

Sydney Braun-McLeod (James Madison) – F
Meghan Cox (James Madison) – MF
Carina Deandreis (Northeastern) – MF
Mackenzie Dowd (Northeastern) – D
Ashley Herndon (James Madison) – F
Carolyn Huddy (UNCW) – GK
Clara Logsdon (William & Mary) – D
Shyanne Kimbrough (Drexel) – F
Natalia Pinkey (Towson) – F
Natalie Zelenky (Delaware) - F