USL News Release
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
TAMPA, FL – A total of 31 players with W-League experience were among the players recognized by the NSCAA as All-Americans in the NCAA Division I, II and III ranks for the 2009 season, including nine of the 11 Division I First Team recipients.
In addition to the nine players on the First Team, 11 others were recognized as Division I All Americans by the NSCAA. The two-time W-League champion Pali Blues were spread throughout the three teams with eight players receiving honors for their collegiate performances. Three players also hailed from the runners-up Washington Freedom.
Ten more players from the W-League were among those honored in Division II with one additional W-League alum on the Division III list.
Among the top players recognized were four-time All-American Lauren Cheney and three-time honorees Tobin Heath and Kelley O’Hara – all of whom played for Pali this past summer. The Blues also featured two-time All-Americans Kristin Olsen and Whitney Engen, accounting for all five multiple recipients of the award that were among the First Team.
NSCAA All-Americans from W-League (position, college, last W-League team)
Division I – First Team: Kristin Olsen (K, Southern California, Pali Blues), Becky Edwards (D, Florida State, Washington Freedom), Whitney Engen (D, UNC, Pali Blues), Blakely Mattern (D, South Carolina, Charlotte Lady Eagles), Tobin Heath (M, UNC, Pali Blues), Sophie Schmidt (M, Portland, Vancouver Whitecaps), Lauren Cheney (F, UCLA, Pali Blues), Tiffany McCarty (F, Florida State, Washington Freedom), Kelley O’Hara (F, Stanford, Pali Blues) --- Second Team: Carolyn Blank (M, West Virginia, Jersey Sky Blue), Sinead Farrelly (M, Virginia, Richmond Kickers Destiny), Christen Press (F, Stanford, Pali Blues) --- Third Team: Alyssa Naeher (K, Penn State, Western Mass Lady Pioneers), Casey Brown (D, Boston University, Boston Renegades), Ali Riley (D, Stanford, Pali Blues), Brittany Taylor (D, Connecticut, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues), Mariah Nogueira (M, Stanford, Pali Blues), Laura Heyboer (F, Michigan State, West Michigan Firewomen), Sydney Leroux (F, UCLA, Vancouver Whitecaps), Katie Schoepfer (F, Penn State, Washington Freedom)
Division II – First Team: Erin Mruz (M, Grand Valley State, West Michigan Firewomen), Irie Dennis (F, Grand Valley State, West Michigan Firewomen), Becca Mays (F, Metro State, Real Colorado Cougars) --- Second Team: Jessica Murphy (F, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles Legends), Jocelyn Charette (F, Seattle Pacific, Los Angeles Legends), Gabriela Demoner (F, Franklin Pierce, Boston Renegades) --- Third Team: Shameka Gordon (D, West Florida, Tampa Bay Hellenic), Brittany Godin (M, College of St Rose, Rochester Ravens), Shaneka Gordon (F, West Florida, Hampton Roads Piranhas), Angelika Johansson (F, Franklin Pierce, Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues)
Division III – First Team: Brianna Young (M, Trinity, Real Colorado Cougars)