Ashburn, VA (November 18, 2016) – Stone Bridge alumni and James Madison University (JMU) Senior Ashley Herndon was named the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Player to highlight the James Madison women’s soccer team’s end-of-year CAA honors, as announced by the league last Thursday evening.
In all, five JMU players were named to All-CAA teams, with Herndon and Crawford taking home First Team and Second Team honors, respectively, seniors Allie Bunner and Allison Bortell joining Crawford on the second team and senior Jennie Sroba garnering Third Team plaudits. Bortell also earned a spot on the CAA All-Academic Team.
“I’m very happy for all of these young women on receiving these award,” Head Coach Dave Lombardo said. “All of them are outstanding players and even better people. The CAA is regarded as one of the strongest women’s soccer conference in the country and it’s a great honor for them to be considered as some of the league’s best players. They are all tremendous representatives of our program and should be very proud of these accolades. I know that I am.”
Herndon, the Dukes’ first CAA Player of the Year since Corky Julien took home the award in 2008, earned her third consecutive First Team All-CAA honors in her final collegiate season. The senior leads the high-powered JMU offense in goals (11), points (28), shots (80), shots on goal (33) and game-winning goals (5). She has been instrumental in the Dukes’ late-season surge, scoring at least once in five of JMU’s final six regular-season contests.
In addition to her 2016 exploits, Herndon has continued her march up the JMU career top-10s with her latest campaign. She now ranks fourth all-time at JMU in career goals (37), fifth in assists (27) and third in points (101) after becoming just the fourth Duke to ever rack up 100 points in her career.
- Played and started in 83 career games (through 11/1/16)
- Has 37 goals with 27 assists for 101 career points (through 11/1/16)
- CAA Preseason Player of the Year as a senior
- Earned Co-CAA Player of the Week (10/5/15) as a junior
- Has tallied 17 career game-winning goals (through 10/4/16)
- Led the CAA in assists as a sophomore (8)
- Third Team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree as a sophomore
- First Team VaSID All-State in 2015 and Second Team VaSID All-State in 2013 and 2014
- 2015 First Team All-CAA and CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- 2013 CAA Rookie of the Year
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