WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – After guiding their team to a No. 6 seed in this week’s 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, five University of Delaware women’s soccer standouts have earned All-CAA honors that were announced at the league’s annual banquet
Blue Hen senior forward Ali Miller and sophomore defenseman Allegra Gray were named first team All-CAA, while junior Chelsea Duffy earned a second-team nomination and senior Tania Dominigos landed on the third team. Freshman Emily Market was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team to round out the conference awards for the Blue Hens.
The conference’s head coaches selected the teams. For the second-straight season, Mallory Schaeffer was named the CAA Player of the Year after guiding William & Mary to a No. 1 seed in the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Championships.
Drexel’s Eve Bandana was named the Defensive Player of the Year while Hofstra’s Leah Galton earned Rookie of the Year plaudits. Drexel’s head coach Ray Goon was tabbed the CAA’s Coach of the Year.
“It is a great accomplishment to have many of our players recognized by the other coaches in our conference,” Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda remarked on his five players receiving CAA recognition.
Miller, a native of Sinking Spring, Pa. native and played in all 18 games during her senior season, was named to her second-straight All-CAA team. She led the Blue Hens with seven goals and 14 points in her final season at Delaware and leaves the program ranking fourth in goals (29) and points (66). Miller tallied 73 shots and 39 shots on goal this season.
“Ali was a big part of our teams success, she was a player you had to be aware of and that opened up things for everyone else,” Grzenda added about his three-time scoring leader. “Ali’s offensive accomplishments will truly be missed.”
Gray, a native of West Chester, Pa., earns her first career All-CAA honors after being named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. The 5-10 defensemen anchored a back line that only allowed the opposition 82 shots on goal and helped UD to five shutouts.
“Allegra is a dominating back that gave offensive players everything they could handle,” Grzenda remarked on his All-CAA defensive player. “She is an incredible athlete and this year became an invaluable leader on the team.”
Duffy, a native of Glassboro, N.J., earns her first career second-team nomination after being selected to the CAA’s third team as a spohomore. She finished the 2012 campaign third on the team with two goals and five points while starting all 18 matches for the Blue Hens. Duffy hammered 35 shots with 17 on goal during her junior campaign.
“Chelsea can turn on a dime and attack with pace as well as defend with the best of them,” Grzenda added. “She is the most explosive player we have in our program.”
One of Delaware’s most versatile players ever to play women’s soccer at Delaware, Domingos, a native of Sandy Hook, Conn., earned her second-straight CAA third-team selection after starting all 18 games for Delaware. During her senior season tallied one game-winning goal one assist. She tallied 37 shots, including 17 shots on goal.
“Tania is a player that may not show up on the score sheet but was invaluable to our teams success,” Grzenda said. “She is the most technical player I’ve ever coached and very hard to replace.”
Market, a native of Holland, Pa., was the only Blue Hen freshman to garner CAA All-Rookie Team recognition. Playing in 16 games, including 11 starts, she collected one game-winning goal while making 16 shots and nine on goal.
“Emily is a tremendous athlete and is still learning the game,” Grzenda said about Market. “We are expecting great things from her in the future.”
Miller and Gray were joined on the conference’s first team by Badana (Drexel), Cortlyn Bristol (William & Mary), Melissa Chapman (Drexel), Galton (Hofstra), Kiersten Harp (William & Mary), Jill Mullholland (Hofstra), Stephanie Rose (UNCW), Schaffer (William & Mary), Hanna Terry (Northeastern).
Alongside Duffy, the second team was comprised of Kim Currie (UNCW), Emily Fredrikson (William & Mary), Sam Greenfield (Drexel), Caitlin Hunter (UNCW), Tiana Kallenberger (George Mason), Mary Kate Lowry (George Mason), Dani Rutter (William & Mary), Greta Samuelstottir (Northeastern), Cheyenne Skidmore (Towson), Becky Sparks (James Madison).
Earning third team honors with Domingos were Brook Bendernagel (Hofstra), Stephanie Bronson (UNCW), Paige Burnett (Northeastern), TANIA DOMINGOS (DELAWARE), Lindsay Henry (UNCW), Kate Menzie (James Madison), Maddie McCormick (UNCW), Whitney Raven (Georgia State), Ruby Staplehurst (Hofstra), Awnalisa Walker (Northeastern) and Lauren Wilson (James Madison).
Market was joined by All-Rookie Team selections were Granados (VCU), Badana (Drexel), Fredrickson (William & Mary), Paige Babel (George Mason), Emory Camper (William & Mary), Maren Johansen (VCU), Shannon Rano (James Madison), Sofia Read (Towson), and Sam Scolarci (Hofstra).
Delaware, which earned the No. 6 seed with a conference record of 6-4- and a 9-8-1 overall mark, saw its season end on Sunday after losing in the opening round of the CAA Tournament at UNCW in penalty kicks after taking the Seahawks to a 1-1 double-overtime draw.
The CAA Women’s Soccer Championships conclude this weekend in Williamsburg, Va. on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Friday’s semi-final matches are between UNCW vs. Drexel and Northeastern vs. William & Mary. Winners of the semifinals will play on Sunday, Novermber 4 at 2 p.m.
The four teams will be vying for the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division I tournament.