TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark Conference has announced the annual awards and Catholic has snagged three of the four major honors. Moravian's Kirsten Schall prevented the sweep when she was voted the Offensive Player of the Year. Tricia Colucci and Alexa Povelaitis were chosen as the Defensive Player and Rookie of the Year respectively. The Cardinals' coaching staff led by J.P. Sousa was voted Coaching Staff of the Year.
Schall led the Landmark with 16 goals this season including five in conference play. She returned to top form this season after battling injuries a year ago. In 2012, Schall was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year and she becomes the third player in conference history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors twice. Schall also wraps up her career as a four-time All-Landmark selection with First Team honors this season.
At the other end of the field, Colucci is the anchor for the Catholic defense. She helped the Cardinals finish the regular season with a 0.56 team goals against average. The team posted nine regular season shutouts before adding two more last week during the Landmark Championship tournament. Colucci is a three-time First Team All-Landmark selection.
Elizabethtown's Lauren Berry and Drew's Emma Campbell join Schall as First Team All-Landmark forwards. Berry was an All-Commonwealth Conference First Team pick a year ago and picked up where she left off when Elizabethtown joined the Landmark this season. She rattled off 11 goals and six assists to lead the Blue Jays with 28 points in the regular season. In her third year at Drew, Campbell has earned First Team honors every season. She helped Drew reach the playoffs for the third straight year with seven goals and two assists.
The First Team midfield is made up of Scranton's Christina Akalski, Catholic's Kirsten Wosleger, as well as Kaceyanne Cerankowski and Maddie Burkhardt from Elizabethtown. Akalski is the 2013 Landmark Rookie of the Year and bolstered the Royals' midfield. She scored four goals and added an assist during the regular season before helping Scranton reach the Landmark Championship with the game-winning goal in overtime of last Wednesday's semifinal. Wosleger ranked second in scoring at Catholic with 11 goals and six assists during the regular season. She notched at least one goal and/or assist in every Landmark game. Cerankowski is another First Time All-Commonwealth pick from 2013. She racked up 11 goals and five assists during the regular season and ranked third in the Landmark with six goals in conference games. Burkhardt picked up 10 points of her own in conference play with three goals and four assists. She had eight and eight overall for 24 points.
Catholic and Scranton boasted the top two goals against averages in the Landmark this season and both teams had two players on the First Team defense. Sarah Madden joined her teammate Colucci on the way to the conference-low 0.56 goals against average (now 0.51). Scranton's Erin Casey and Jasmine Sconciafurno round out the defense as the Royals finished the year at 0.83 goals against average. Casey and Madden each scored two goals from the backline.
Catholic goalkeeper Lexi Halperin was also named First Team. The junior is a three-year starter and two-time First Team selection. She racked up a 0.60 goals against average this season with a .836 save percentage and eight complete shutouts.
Povelaitis made an immediate impact in the Cardinals' midfield this season to earn Rookie of the Year honors. The freshman stepped in and earned 16 starts with action in every game. She was a crucial ball-winner for the Cardinals and notched the game-winning goal in overtime against Scranton during the regular season. Povelaitis also earned Second Team All-Landmark honors for her performance this season.
Sousa and his staff have earned the Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second time in his career at Catholic, and the first since the Landmark began competition in 2007. The Cards missed the playoffs a year ago, but responded this year with an undefeated Landmark record of 6-0-1. The team is 15-1-3 overall after winning the program's second Landmark title on Saturday.
Listed below are the 2014 All-Landmark Women's Soccer Teams.
Player of the Year
Player of the Year
|Rookie of the Year||Coach of the Year|
The 2014 Landmark Women's Soccer All-Conference Teams:
|First Team||Second Team|
|Lauren Berry||Elizabethtown||Jr.||Dillsburg, Pa.||Lindsay Aleman||Catholic||So.||Hockessin, Del.|
||Samantha Zuponcic||Susquehanna||Sr.||Mantua, Ohio|
||Tinton Falls, N.J.
|Midfield||Trisha Clark||Elizabethtown||Jr.||Dillsburg, Pa.|
||Scranton||So.||Long Beach, N.Y.||Gaby Davis||Goucher||Jr.||New York, N.Y.|
|Maddie Burkhardt||Elizabethtown||So.||Lancaster, Pa.||Alexa Povelaitis||Catholic||Fr.||Parlin, N.J.|
|Kaceyanne Cerankowski||Elizabethtown||Jr.||Langhorne, Pa.||Mel Santos||Drew||Jr.||Iselin, N.J.|
|Kirsten Wosleger||Catholic||Jr.||Rockville Centre, N.Y.|
|Defense||Lauren Bertucci||Moravian||Fr.||Center Valley, Pa.|
||Hatfield, Pa.||Ava Brown||Catholic||Jr.||Fairfax Station, Va.|
||Rehoboth Beach, Del.||Marissa Heddings||Susquehanna||Fr.||Selinsgrove, Pa.|
|Sarah Madden||Catholic||So.||Yardley, Pa.||Kendra Mancino||Elizabethtown||Sr.||Lancaster, Pa.|
||Woodland Park, N.J.
||Kerry Leonard||Juniata||Fr.||Cockeysville, Md.|
||River Vale, N.J.
||Dana Robidoux||Elizabethtown||Jr.||Kennett Square, Pa.|
* 2013 First Team All-Landmark
^ 2012 First Team All-Landmark