York, Pa. (November 23, 2014) – For the second straight year, the Christopher Newport women’s soccer team swept the Capital Athletic Conference major awards for players, as sophomore Victoria Perry (Woodgrove alumna) was named the league’s Player of the Year and freshman Kira Warner (Briar Woods alumna) picked up Rookie of the Year honors. Six total Captains earned All-Conference honors in the team’s second year in the league.
The CNU Captains are benefiting from the great soccer tradition of Loudoun County with the following area girls on the 2014 squad:
Victoria Perry – Woodgrove – CAC Player of the Year
Kira Warner – Briar Woods – CAC Rookie of the Year
Sam Rabinek – Broad Run – 1st Team All CAC
Haley Casanova – Broad Run – 1st Team All CAC
Sarah Perrett – Freedom
Carly Melkus – Briar Woods
Alexis Haycraft – Briar Woods
Mary Stewart Pierson – Freedom
Perry and Warner headlined a strong contingent of CNU players on the All-Conference teams, joining Bupe Okeowo and Sam Rabinek as major award winners in the short two-year tenure in the CAC. Salisbury head coach Kwame Lloyd captured Coach of the Year honors to round out the major awards in 2014.
Four Captains collected first team All-Conference honors, as Perry was joined by midfielder Joy Piirto, defender Sam Rabinek and goalkeeper Haley Casanova. On the second team, Warner was joined by midfielder Linsday Mondloch.
Earning first team All-Conference honors at forward for the first time in her young career, sophomore Victoria Perry was among the league’s leading scorers all season long. Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Perry is tied for the league lead in assists, with seven, ranks second in the CAC with 35 points and is tied for second with 14 goals scored. Most importantly for the Captains, Perry leads the league in game-winning goals, putting away six decisive shots this season to rank among the nation’s elite in that category.
Perry has been a scoring force this season, posting a pair of hat tricks and two more five-point games en route to a team-high scoring output. She currently ranks tied for fifth most points in a single season at CNU, and her 14 goals place her tied for sixth. She is the eighth conference player of the year in program history, and the third to garner the award since 2010.
Warner’s selection as Rookie of the Year gives CNU back-to-back top freshman in the defensive half of the field. Both Rabinek and Warner helped the Captains post yet another dominant year defensively, holding opponents to 0.79 goals scored per game and just 15 total goals scored in 19 games played. The freshman added two goals, both game-winners, and an assist, while Rabinek chipped in two goals and two assists.
The two played in front of goalkeeper Haley Casanova, who collected her second straight All-CAC nod and first selection to the first team. She posted four shutouts in conference play and concluded the CAC season with just one goal allowed for an impressive 0.15 goals against average in over 600 minutes of action. She stopped 20 shots for a save percentage of over 95% and her overall numbers were just as stellar, posting a 0.67 GAA and 81.2% save percentage in 12 starts.
Casanova is already climbing up the all-time charts at CNU, ranking fifth all-time in career saves, fourth in total wins and fourth in shutouts. At this point in her career, she tops the lists with a career GAA of 0.74 and save percentage of .838.
Also on the first team this season is senior Joy Piirto, who has been a strong asset in the midfield her whole career. She earned All-Region honors as a junior and picked up her third All-Conference designation this season, and second straight first team nod. The midfielder scored 10 of her 17 points this season against conference foes, and is second on the team in goals and points scored.
Lindsay Mondloch joins Warner on the second team, earning her first career All-Conference selection. She is second on the team in assists, with four, and ranks fifth on the team in scoring with 10 points.
The season continues this weekend, as the Captains earned an at-large berth into the 2014 Division III National Championship Tournament, and will take on Stevenson University in the first round. The game will be held at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 15, on the campus of Lynchburg College.
2014 All-CAC Women’s Soccer Team
F – Stephanie Fazenbaker, Frostburg State
F – Shyanne Kimbrough, York (Pa.)
F – Victoria Luc, Salisbury
F – Victoria Perry, Chris. Newport
MF – Jenny Gavigan, Salisbury
MF – Kayla Kovalsky, York (Pa.)
MF – Joy Piirto, Chris. Newport
MF – Lizzie Weast, Mary Washington
D – Casey Arnone, Salisbury
D – Jenn Lindsay, York (Pa.)
D – Sam Rabinek, Chris. Newport
D – Ashley Stephens, Mary Washington
GK – Haley Casanova, Chris. Newport
GK – Michelle Conrad, Salisbury
F – Jessica Bednarcik, Mary Washington
F – Tatiana Monsen, Southern Virginia
F – Logan O’Meara, Salisbury
F – Gillian Sawyer, St. Mary’s (Md.)
MF – Samantha Beck, Salisbury
MF – Brooke Longo, Frostburg State
MF – Lexy McCarty, St. Mary’s (Md.)
MF – Lindsay Mondloch, Chris. Newport
D – Jessa DiTullo, Frostburg State
D – Jackie Holtzman, Salisbury
D – Caryn Thompson, St. Mary’s (Md.)
D – Kira Warner, Chris. Newport
GK – Sydney Larkin, St. Mary’s (Md.)
2014 CAC Player of the Year: Victoria Perry, Christopher Newport
2014 CAC Rookie of the Year: Kira Warner, Christopher Newport
2014 CAC Coach of the Year: Kwame Lloyd, Salisbury