December 21, 2011

All-Americans Highlight ECAC Division I Women’s Soccer All-Stars in 2011

CENTERVILLE, Mass. -- Two National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Americans shared the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year award on the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Division I All-Star Team, released Wednesday.  Georgetown senior midfielder Ingrid Wells and William & Mary junior forward Mallory Schaffer earned the offensive awards, as Duke sophomore defender Natasha Anasi was awarded ECAC Defensive Player of the Year.  Virginia freshman midfielder Morgan Brian was voted Rookie of the Year.  The All-Stars were determined through votes by coaches or their designee within the Division I membership.

Wells was named to first-team NSCAA All-America and All-Northeast Region teams after leading the Hoyas with 30 points with nine goals and a team-high 12 assists.  The BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year was a candidate for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, the highest award in Division I Soccer. 

Hailing from Allison Park, Pa., Schaffer became the first William & Mary women’s soccer athlete to make the NSCAA first team since 1997, earning All-America and all-region awards after achieving Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year honors.  The junior led the CAA with 17 goals and 40 points, adding six assists and six game-winning goals.  Her season was highlighted by a pair of two-goal, one-assist, five-point performances against Northeastern (Oct. 16) and UNC-Wilmington (Oct. 2).

With her team fresh off its first trip to the NCAA College Cup since 1992 and a national championship appearance, Natasha Anasi adds an ECAC Defensive Player of the Year award to a host of accolades for the sophomore from Arlington, Texas.  The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-American, Anasi was named Soccer America MVP First-Team, the third Blue Devil to earn the honor in school history.  She helped lead a defensive corps that led to school records in shutouts (16), wins (22) and conference victories (8) while logging the second-most minutes on the team (2,339) in 27 matches.

Brian was the only freshman to be named as a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, continuing a five-year streak of Cavalier athletes being named to the Hermann Trophy semifinal list.  The St. Simons Island, Ga. product scored 11 goals and recorded eight assists in her first season for Virginia, including three game-winning goals, all of which came against conference rivals.  Brian’s accomplishments earned her the ACC Rookie of the Year award and an All-ACC First Team selection.

--Bryan Montgomery, Asa S. Bushnell Communications Assistant

2011 ECAC DIVISION I WOMEN’S SOCCER ALL-STARS

Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Ingrid Wells, Sr., M, Georgetown (BIG EAST Conference)

Co-Offensive Player of the Year
Mallory Schaffer, Jr., F, William & Mary (Colonial Athletic Association)

Defensive Player of the Year
Natasha Anasi, So., D, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)

Rookie of the Year
Morgan Brian, Fr., M, Virginia (Atlantic Coast Conference)

First Team

Defender: Natasha Anasi, So., Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)

Defender: Diana Weigel, Sr., William & Mary (Colonial Athletic Association)

Defender: Angelina Cords, Sr., Boston Univ. (America East Conference)

Defender: Jess Hopton, Sr., La Salle (Atlantic-10 Conference)

Midfielder: Kaitlyn Kerr, So., Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)

Midfielder: Ingrid Wells, Sr., Georgetown (BIG EAST Conference)

Midfielder: Mallory Schaffer, Jr., William & Mary (Colonial Athletic Association)

Midfielder: Morgan Brian, Fr., Virginia (Atlantic Coast Conference)

Forward: Caroline Miller, Jr., Virginia (Atlantic Coast Conference)

Forward: Jessica Luscinski, Sr., Boston Univ. (America East Conference)

Forward: Blake Miller, Sr., West Virginia (BIG EAST Conference)

Goalkeeper: Kelly Boudreau, Sr., Fairfield (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Second Team

Defender: Karol Sanchez, Jr., Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (Colonial Athletic Conference)

Defender: Meghan Collins, Sr., UMass (Atlantic-10 Conference)

Defender: Katherine Donnelly, Sr., Boston Univ. (America East Conference)

Defender: Adrienne Lerner, Sr., Penn (Ivy League)

Midfielder: Kristen Mewis, Jr., Boston College (Atlantic Coast Conference)

Midfielder: Kylie Strom, So., Boston Univ. (America East Conference)

Forward: Camille Trujillo, Sr., Georgetown (BIG EAST Conference)

Forward: Kelsey Haycook, Fr., La Salle (Atlantic-10 Conference)

Forward: Melanie Baskind, Sr., Harvard (Ivy League)

Goalkeeper: Melissa Sanger, Sr., La Salle (Atlantic-10 Conference)