Landmark Earns Five Spots On Women's Soccer All-Region Teams
MADISON, N.J. - The Landmark Conference placed five women's
soccer players on the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of
America (NSCAA) All-Region Team from the Mid-Atlantic Region which
was announced early this month. It marks the second-straight year
the Landmark has collected five All-Region selections.
The NSCAA selects All-Region Teams for eight regions, with three 11-player teams per region. The Landmark had two first-team selections, two second-team picks and one third-team choice in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Catholic senior Helene Nicoletti and Scranton junior Chelsea Paskman were both honored with first-team selection. Scranton and Catholic also had the second-team choices as Catholic's Kelly Donnelly and Scranton's Erin Unterstein were honored. Drew's Kimberly Miranowic was the third-team representative.
Nicoletti earns All-Region honors for the first time in her career and was also named Defensive Player of the Year in the Landmark Conference for her outstanding defense. Nicoletti played solid defense throughout the fall and helped hold opponents to a 0.74 goals against average to earn CUA's first ever NSCAA 1st-Team All Mid-Atlantic Region spot.
Paskman is honored for the second straight year. A second-team pick a year ago, she is Scranton's first first-team selection since her current head coach, Colleen Murphy, and Sara Suchoski were named first team in 2003. Earlier this year, Paskman was named first-team all-Landmark Conference for the third time and was named the conference's offensive player of the year in a ballot conducted among the league's eight head coaches. In 2007, she was also named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year.
Donnelly also eans All-Region honors for the first time as she led the entire Landmark Conference in scoring with 14 goals and seven assists for a total of 35 points to earn second team honors by the NSCAA. She was a first-team All-Landmark selection for the second-consecutive year, and has been named to the All-Conference team in each of her three seasons.
Unterstein started all 19 matches and was a key member of a Royal defensive unit that was instrumental in posting nine shutouts and allowing only 0.76 goals and 4.2 shots on goal per match. On the offensive end, she scored the match-winning goal in the Royals' 2-1 victory over Juniata and had the assist on the match-winning goal in Scranton's 1-0 victory over Goucher College. She started 52 of 71 career matches and finished with nine goals and four assists for 22 total points.
Miranowic earns her first All-Region nod and earned First Team honors following another strong season in central defense. Outside of the first Landmark game of the season, the Rangers allowed just two goals in conference play, thanks in large part to Miranowic’s partnership with Allison McCord. The senior was a threat to score on every set piece as she tallied a goal and assisted on two others while hitting woodwork on at least five other occasions. A Second Team All-Landmark selection last year, Miranowic started all 57 games since joining the Rangers as a sophomore in 2007.
Story provided by Catholic, Drew & Scranton Sports Information