November 12, 2009

Six UMW Women's Soccer Players Named All-CAC; Hewson Named Co-Coach of the Year

YORK, Pa. - The University of Mary Washington women's soccer team, champions of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, had six players named to the 2009 All-CAC team, with head coach Corey Hewson taking Co-Coach of the Year honors.

Sophomore forward Amy Olson, a second-team pick in 2008, is the only Mary Washington player with previous All-CAC recognition. Olson was a first-team pick along with junior midfielder Sarah Tryon, sophomore defender Karen Strat, freshman defender Emmalee Denkler and sophomore keeper Tina Brehm. Freshman Sunny Herald was a second-team all-star choice on the attack line for the Eagles.

Stevenson and Salisbury, which tied for the regular-season title, each placed five on the 2009 All-CAC team.

Stevenson senior midfielder Katie Decker joined Stephanie Eyler on the first-team All-CAC squad. Second-team berths were awarded to Kane, sophomore midfielder Allison Humphries, a repeat selection from 2008, and junior defender Kaitlyn Amos.

Salisbury was represented on the All-CAC first team by senior forward Christina Eury and senior defender Hillary Grove. Second-team all-star recognition was presented to sophomore midfielder Mara Hauf, senior defender Colleen Galligan and freshman keeper Melissa Orgera. Grove is the only repeat selection for the Sea Gulls as she is making her third-straight appearance on the post-season team.

St. Mary’s picked up four all-star nods, led by senior midfielder Sophia Esparza, who is a four-time first-team All-CAC honoree and the 2006 Rookie of the Year. Joining Esparza on the All-CAC squad as second-team picks were senior defender Karissa Carroll, sophomore defender Allison Ahdieh and freshman midfielder Liza Sitz. Carroll is a two-time second-team all-star.

York tied for second with two first-team All-CAC berths and placed third players on the post-season team. Junior forward Steph Mergler and junior defender Lauren Stewart were selected for the CAC’s top squad while rookie midfielder Kat Sipes earned a second-team All-CAC nod.

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2009 All-CAC Women’s Soccer Team

First Team Yr. Pos. Team Hometown/High School Previous All-CAC Honors
Stephanie Eyler So. For Stevenson Thurmont, Md./Catoctin 1st & ROY in ‘08
Christina Eury Sr. For Salisbury Germantown, Md./Damascus
Steph Mergler Jr. For York Street, Md./North Harford 2nd in ‘07
Amy Olson So. For Mary Washington Crofton, Md./Arundel 2nd in ‘08
Katie Decker Sr. Mid Stevenson White Hall, Md./Hereford
Sophia Esparza Sr. Mid St. Mary’s Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair 1st in ‘08, 1st in ‘07,
1st & ROY in ‘06
Sarah Tryon Jr. Mid Mary Washington Fairfax Station, Va./South County
Emmalee Denkler Fr. Def Mary Washington Arlington, Va./Yorktown
Hillary Grove Sr. Def Salisbury Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown 2nd in ‘08, 1st in ‘07
Lauren Stewart Jr. Def York West River, Md./Southern 1st in ‘08
Karen Strat So. Def Mary Washington Oakton, Va./Oakton
Tina Brehm So. GK Mary Washington Springfield, Va./Robert E. Lee

Second Team Yr. Pos. Team Hometown/High School Previous All-CAC Honors
Sunny Herold Fr. For Mary Washington Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna
Melinda Kane Fr. For Stevenson Baltimore, Md./Mercy
Shaquana McDonough Fr. For Gallaudet Pembroke, Mass./Learning Ctr. f/t Deaf
Mara Hauf So. Mid Salisbury Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame
Allison Humphries So. Mid Stevenson Bel Air, Md./John Carroll 2nd in ‘08
Kat Sipes Fr. Mid York Baltimore, Md./Inst. of Notre Dame
Liza Sitz Fr. Mid St. Mary’s Silver Spring, Md./James H. Blake
Allison Ahdieh So. Def St. Mary’s West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove
Kaitlyn Amos Jr. Def Stevenson Baltimore, Md./Catholic
Karisa Carroll Sr. Def St. Mary’s Long Island, N.Y./Ward Melville 2nd in ‘08
Colleen Galligan Sr. Def Salisbury North Salem, N.Y./North Salem
Melissa Orgera Fr. GK Salisbury Arnold, Md./Broadneck

2009 CAC Athlete of the Year: Stephanie Eyler, Stevenson
2009 CAC Co-Rookie of the Year: Shaquana McDonough, Gallaudet
2009 CAC Co-Rookie of the Year: Melinda Kane, Stevenson
2009 CAC Co-Coach of the Year: Corey Hewson, Mary Washington
2009 CAC Co-Coach of the Year: Graeme Millar, Stevenson