Canfield Named To A-10 Second Team, Rookie Team
Nov. 3, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Junior forward Reba Sedlacek and senior back Jen Simonetti of Dayton have been named the 2004 Atlantic 10 women`s soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, in voting conducted among the Conference's head coaches.
In that same vote, Thorunn Helga Jonsdottir of Rhode Island was tabbed Rookie of the Year and Dayton's Mike Tucker was selected as Coach of the Year. In a vote of the A-10's sports information directors, Caitlin Holmes of Duquesne was selected as Student-Athlete of the Year.
During the regular season, Sedlacek posted career highs in every offensive category as Dayton went 18-1-0 including a perfect 11-0-0 in Atlantic 10 play. The junior from Hamilton, OH, tallied 13 goals and six assists for 32 points, pacing the Flyers in goals and points. Her five game-winning goals are tops in the Atlantic 10 while her goals and points are second-best in the A-10.
Simonetti leads a Dayton defense which has been ranked among the top 10 in the NCAA all season, yielding just nine goals on 148 shots. Offensively, the senior from Copley, OH, has 10 points, including a career-high eight assists - five of which set up game-winning goals. She is the fourth consecutive Dayton player to earn A-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors.
With Jonsdottir at midfield, Rhode Island posted a 10-8-2 overall record and a 7-2-2 A-10 mark as it enters this week's Atlantic 10 Championship as the No. 2 seed. The native of Reykjavik, Iceland, started all 20 games for the Rams and tallied four goals - three of which were game-winners - to go along with three assists for 11 points.
Sedlacek and Simonetti are joined on the All-Conference first-team by teammates Stacy DeLuca, Tesia Kozlowski, and Katie Lowstuter; Rhode Island's Melanie Kasparek and Kelly McTurk; Heather MacDougall of St. Bonaventure; George Washington's Sarah Sample; Katie Schwager of Duquesne; and Richmond's Hillary Prince.
The second-team is comprised of forwards Heather Barclay and Kristen Hextall of La Salle, and Britt Canfield of Massachusetts; midfielders Megan Kasparek of Rhode Island, Audra Mathews of Duquesne, Richmond's Meghan Ogilvie, and Fordham's Beth Purcell; and backs Lindsay Bruno of George Washington, La Salle's Jenna Guagenti, and Alex Twellman of Richmond. The second-team keeper is Kerry Schamberger of La Salle.
Jonsdottir heads the All-Rookie team which consists of second-team members Canfield, Guagenti, Hextall, and Mathews, along with Richmond's Carrie Holland, Debra Nelson of Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure's Jacquee Parmiter, Faye Rasmussen of Duquesne, and Dayton's Courtney Sirmans and Natalia Walters.
Holmes earns Student-Athlete of the Year laurels for posting a 3.91 grade point average as a physics major. The senior back from Loveland, OH, is a member of Duquesne's Honors College and Dean's List, as well as a Special Olympics volunteer. On the field, Holmes started every game for four years, usually marking the opponent's top scorer. With Holmes spearheading the defense, the Dukes posted four shutouts in 2004 and helped limit teams to just 13.8 shots per game.
Holmes is joined on the Academic All-Conference Team by Cheryl Benacci of St. Bonaventure, Temple's Patricia Dalton, Stacy DeLuca and Reba Sedlacek of Dayton, Rhode Island's Megan and Melanie Kasparek, Kerry Schamberger of La Salle, Olina Vidarsdottir of Richmond, and Samantha and Stephanie Vietry of Temple.
Tucker earns his second A-10 Coach of the Year award for leading Dayton to just the fifth perfect Conference season in the 12-year history of Atlantic 10 women's soccer. The Flyers, ranked 22nd nationally by Soccer America, enter this week's A-10 Championship 11-0-0 in regular season Conference play and 18-1-0 overall. The Championship's top seed is also riding an 18-game winning streak - the longest in the nation this season. In 10 years at Dayton, Tucker has guided the Flyers to eight regular season titles and will be looking for his fifth A-10 Championship crown. The 1969 Cincinnati graduate owns a 152-54-5 (.732) career mark.
The complete All-Conference team is attached below.
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