NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 2, 2015) -- Georgian Court University standout Lizzy Kroon on Monday was named the 2015 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Soccer Player of the Year, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. Kroon's major award highlighted the list of All-CACC women's soccer players announced by the league.
In addition to Kroon, GCU teammate Casey O'Connor (goalkeeper) was named the CACC Defensive Player of the Year, while fellow keeper Mary Kanzler (Caldwell University) was tabbed as the league's rookie of the year. Georgian Court head coach James Moore was named the BSN Sports Coach of the Year for his impressive work in leading the Lions to the CACC regular season championship.
The voting for the major year-end awards and all-conference honorees was conducted by the conference's 13 head coaches. The coach-of-the-year honor was voted on by the sports information directors throughout the CACC.
Kroon tied for the CACC lead in goals (17) following the regular season. She also assisted on seven other goals for a total of 41 points, which is tops in the CACC heading into the postseason. Her seven helpers are tied for third most in the league. Kroon fired off a league-leading 82 shots and scored a pair of game-winning tallies in contests versus Pace (Sept. 7) and at Dominican (Sept. 12). She scored multiple goals in four matches, including a season-high three in games against Dominican, Bloomfield (Sept. 19) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Oct. 5).
O'Connor was tabbed as the league's top defensive player for her stellar play in goal all year. She posted a league-leading 12 shutouts, while also ranking first in fewest goals allowed (9), goals against average (0.49), save percentage (.885) and wins (14). O'Connor posted five-consecutive shutouts in net from Sept. 12-26.
Kanzler was impressive in goal as well and thus was able to collect the CACC's top-rookie accolade. She won nine times in net (3rd highest in CACC), totaled seven shutouts (2nd) and made 73 saves for a 1.13 GAA and .777 save percentage. Kanzler posted a streak of four-straight blankings from Oct. 13-21.
Moore picked up the BSN Sports Coach of the Year honor after GCU went 14-2-2 overall and 11-0-1 in league play for 34 points, which locked up the CACC regular season crown and the No. 1 seed in this week's conference championship tournament.
The other major award handed out Monday was the CACC Women's Soccer Team Sportsmanship Award, which was presented to both Bloomfield College and Concordia College for demonstrating outstanding character and leadership in growing the sport at the conference level in 2015.
Both Kroon and O'Connor also locked up spots on the All-CACC First-Team and were joined by 10 other student-athletes who had spectacular 2015 regular seasons. Joining Kroon at forward were Wilmington University's Loran Wyrough and Goldey-Beacom College's Amy Runciman. Three midfielders garnered spots on the first-team including Carla Chmielewski (Philadelphia University), Ursula Coyle (Holy Family University) and Rachel Marino (Georgian Court). Five defenders appeared on the top unit and included Taylor Adair (Holy Family), McKenna Burns (Philadelphia), Misty Kaiwi (Post University), Ashley King (Caldwell) and Morgan LaDuca (Georgian Court).
Eleven (11) student-athletes were placed on the All-CACC Second-Team, including Tayler Bramley (F, Georgian Court), Stefanie Ulmer (F, Holy Family), Emily Valerian (F, Caldwell), Tori Capestro (M, Georgian Court), Lexxi Carroll (M, Post), Katharina Mertz (M, Post), Jenna Richards (M, Holy Family), Carly Brantner (D, Felician University), Jessica Garretson (D, Caldwell), Valerie Moore (D, Post) and Courtney Shaw (GK, Philadelphia).
The All-CACC honorees will be recognized at the 2015 CACC Soccer Championship Banquet on Wednesday night on the eve of the men's and women's soccer semifinals at Post University.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.
2015 CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lizzy Kroon (Georgian Court)
2015 CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Mary Kanzler (Caldwell)
2015 CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Casey O'Connor (Georgian Court)
2015 BSN SPORTS CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR
James Moore (Georgian Court)
2015 CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
2015 ALL-CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER FIRST-TEAM
Lizzy Kroon (F, Georgian Court)
Amy Runciman (F, Goldey-Beacom)
Loran Wyrough (F, Wilmington)
Carla Chmielewski (M, Philadelphia)
Ursula Coyle (M, Holy Family)
Rachel Marino (M, Georgian Court)
Taylor Adair (D, Holy Family)
McKenna Burns (D, Philadelphia)
Misty Kaiwi (D, Post)
Ashley King (D, Caldwell)
Morgan LaDuca (D, Georgian Court)
Casey O'Connor (GK, Georgian Court)
2015 ALL-CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER SECOND-TEAM
Tayler Bramley (F, Georgian Court)
Stefanie Ulmer (F, Holy Family)
Emily Valerian (F, Caldwell)
Tori Capestro (M, Georgian Court)
Lexxi Carroll (M, Post)
Katharina Mertz (M, Post)
Jenna Richards (M, Holy Family)
Carly Brantner (D, Felician)
Jessica Garretson (D, Caldwell)
Valerie Moore (D, Post)
Courtney Shaw (GK, Philadelphia)