Four Saints Earn All-Conference Honors
Nov. 1: Four members of the St. Lawrence University women's soccer team earned All-Conference honors for the 2012 season, as announced by the Liberty League on Thursday afternoon. Senior co-captain Stephanie Sayward earned Second Team honors, while sophomore Mackenzie Collins and juniors Julia Friesen and co-captain Corrine Werner earned Honorable Mention status. Meanwhile, the Saints landed nine student-athletes on the Academic All-Conference team.
"It is nice to see these players recognized for their individual accomplishments as this recognition is a true reflection of each player's contributions to the team," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "This was a great season for us to build and grow as a team collectively. While there were 4 players who deservedly received notable conference accolades, the team worked together to build a solid foundation for our future."
Sayward, the Saints' top goal scorer for the fourth consecutive year, finished with eight goals, including two game-winners, and two assists for 18 points. A three-time All-Conference honoree, she concludes her four-year career with 77 points (30 goals, 17 assists) in 65 games. The Derry, NH native ranks fourth all-time in Saints women's soccer history in both assists and points, while is fifth in career goals scored.
Friesen, Collins and Werner each earned All-Conference honors for the first time in their collegiate careers. Friesen, a midfielder, led the Saints offense with 19 points on the season as she tallied seven goals and five assists. The Niagara on the Lake, Ontario native recorded her first collegiate career hat trick in St. Lawrence's 10-0 season-opening victory over John Jay.
Collins, a forward, was second on the team in assists as she used her speed on the wings to beat her defenders and set up her teammates. The East Longmeadow, MA native tallied a career-high four assists on the season.
Werner anchored the Saints defense until her season ended prematurely due to injury. The Simsbury, CT native helped St. Lawrence set a program record for consecutive shutouts, as the team opened the season with five straight.
Sayward, Friesen and Werner each earned spots on the Academic All-Conference team for having a cumulative average of at least 3.2 after completing a two-full semesters at St. Lawrence. They were joined by seniors Emily Marvin and Brooke Hessney, juniors Erika Gobielle, Liz Laprade and Andrea Strauss, and sophomores Meagan Gadzuk-Shea, Nyssa LaClair, Meg Ryan and Laura Topf.
"In regards to the All-Academic honors, I could not be more proud of our team," added Bari. "They certainly display the true meaning of what is necessary to be successful as both a student and athlete here at St. Lawrence University".